“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”
The maxim still holds true. But what about beauties and beholders who look for radiant skin? You’ve certainly got to love the skin to love the face. So how does one keep that skin looking beautiful and smooth? Here’s what we suggest to bring that glow back to your face with just a little bit of extra care.
Face masks of one kind or another have always been around, but how many of us are aware of their long-term benefits? Applied once a week, face masks can keep your face looking young and give you a brilliant complexion that will last you for years. Besides being soothing and energising, the very ritual of mixing and applying a mask can actually be quite an effective stress reliever. Here are some homemade face masks that are not only easy to make, but customized for your particular skin type.
For Oily Skin:
Papaya contains a strong enzyme called papain which dissolves oil and dead skin cells, helping to cleanse and exfoliate. All you need is about two tablespoons of papaya pulp. Apply the pulp to your face and let it dry. Then wash off. You can also add a bit of lemon juice to the mixture to soak up excess oil.
Tomatoes help gently unclog pores and tone the skin. Just mash a tomato and apply it to your face for ten minutes, then rinse.
Egg White Mask
Egg whites help tighten and refresh your skin. Apply one egg white to your face; let it stay for 15 minutes and rinse. For dry to normal skin, it’s best to use the egg yolk instead.
Just apply plain yogurt to your face for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with water. Yogurt is excellent for exfoliating, leaving your skin feeling smooth and fresh.
For Dry Skin:
Mash half an avocado and apply to your face for about 20-30 minutes, then wipe it off and rinse with water. The mask is great for dry skin, as the avocado’s natural oil acts as a moisturiser.
Honey moisturises and also acts as a gentle astringent. Take several tablespoons of honey, heat it and apply to the skin for about 15 minutes. Wash it off with water.
The apricot mask is super moisturising and fabulous for dry skin. Add a touch of warm olive oil to mashed apricots and leave the mask on for 15 minutes; then wipe off and rinse with water.
This is an excellent option for dry skin. Take one teaspoon of powdered milk, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of aloe vera gel, two drops of your favourite essential oil and one tablespoon of crushed almonds and mix them well. Apply on the face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
For Other Skin Types:
This face mask is especially useful for treating blackheads. Mix one cup of oatmeal with one teaspoon of baking soda and three tablespoons of aloe vera juice. Applied once a week for at least one to two months will bring noticeable results.
This mask helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Take a well mashed banana, apply on the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then cold water to close the pores.
This can be used for all skin types. Take half a peeled apple, slice it up and add one egg yolk. Also add two tablespoons of oil, one tablespoon of honey and a drop of vinegar. Mix the ingredients together and blend to make a paste. Apply this on the face and leave it to dry. Then wash off with warm water.
Apple cider vinegar makes a good homemade astringent. Using a cotton ball, wipe it over your face. Remember, sensitive skin may sting since toners and astringents are strong, so testing them beforehand is a good idea.
So stop fretting about your skin; just find a face mask that’s right for you, mix it up and apply it every once in a while. Trust us… you'll be glowing and turning heads before you know it!