In every drug store there are shelves full of skin care products, but some contain chemicals that harm the environment or may even damage your skin–plus they are pricey. A better option is to use ingredients you have at home and create your own facial masks. These do wonders for your skin while using all natural ingredients many of which can be found right now in your pantry or fridge!
Soothing Sun Burn: Yogurt Facial Mask
As the weather gets nicer, you will be enjoying the sun, but your skin might not. If you have painful sun burn, this simple mask, perfect for all skin types, will soothe your skin and bring healing.
- 1 tbsp. natural yogurt, room temperature (not low-fat or non-fat)
- 1 tsp. runny honey (microwave a few minutes to soften it)
Combine and then apply to face and leave it for 15 minutes. Then wipe your face with a steaming washcloth. If you have dry skin use an extra tsp. of honey and if you have oily skin add a few drops of fresh lime juice.
Dry Skin: Egg and Almond Facial Mask
If you have dry skin, there is nothing better for it than almond oil, which has properties that soften your skin while moisturizing it.
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. of almond oil
Beat the egg and add the almond oil. Apply to the face evenly and leave for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with cold water. Your face will glow and feel as soft as a baby’s.
Oily Skin: Citrus Facial Mask
This mask contains orange that cleanses the skin so that clogged pores can open and excess oil can emerge. This mask doesn’t irritate the skin and helps to increase circulation.
- Juice from ½ an orange
- 8 tbsp. of flour
Combine until a paste forms. Apply on the face and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse using warm water.
Blemishes: Oatmeal and Honey Facial Mask
Oatmeal clears acne by flushing out oil and dirt that may clog pores while exfoliating dead skin cells. This mask can be used in conjunction with your acne medication.
- ¾ c. of oatmeal
- 1 tsp. of honey
- 1 c. of water
Blend the oatmeal in a blender or food processor (grinding the oats increases the mask’s effectiveness). Combine the oatmeal and honey with the water in a pot, and bring to a boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat, and let it cool. Spread on the face and leave it for 10-20 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Take a break from your expensive, chemical-laden skin care and try these natural methods. Even invite some of your friends over to test out each one and see the results.
A guest post by Sherri who writes for Dr. Darling, a Kansas City dermatologist at the Skin, Vein and Skin Surgery Center. Dr. Darling enjoys teaching his patients how to take care of their skin through natural products.