Quick Homemade Facial Masks

Many people like to make homemade facial masks and they can be as effective and relaxing as professional facials. All you need is a few key ingredients and little bit of time.

Use this opportunity to take a break, relax and get radiant looking skin for less.....

Studies show that homemade masks can offer wonderful results.  

You may also be able to help solve some of your common skin problems using some simple ingredients from home.

So here are a few ingredients (some a  little strange) that you can mix together anyway you like to create a customized homemade facial mask to best suit your skin’s needs.

Oily skin

Cat litter! Yes, clean, unused, plain old 100% clay cat litter makes a great oil absorbing mask. It can also help detoxify.

Cat litter has properties similar to the type of clay used in facials – so it makes for a great (dirt absorbing) facial.

NOTE: Make sure to use the plain 100%  clay cat litter. Not the expensive “fancy” kind with special odor destroyers,  special scents, or clumping action.

  • To make a cat litter mask – simply mix a cup or so of cat litter with enough water until it takes on a paste like consistency. 
  • Massage this paste on oily areas of the face and let dry for about 15 minutes.
  • Then rinse well. It may a little harder to rinse this so you might wish to clean up in the shower and use a warm wash cloth.

If you still have oily skin, follow up with a gentle at home toner of vinegar mixed with water. Helen of Troy and Roman women were said to have used this trick.

Rough, flaky, or dull complexion

Give your complexion a nice scrub with a mixture of Arm and Hammer baking soda and water.

  • Just add a small amount of water to a handful of baking soda and scrub all over
  • Then rinse well. Apply your favorite moisturizer and you’ll notice how soft your skin will be. (Avoid the eye or sensitive areas.)

Moisture hydrating  masks

Avocado, banana, and honey are moisturizing and make great a anti-aging facial because of the loads of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found naturally in them. 

  • Just mash them up, add a little water and massage gently over your face and neck. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse well.
  • For extra hydration, add some organic extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to your homemade facial mask for a youthful glow.

Skin tightening/lightening masks

If you want to do some tightening, egg whites are a great way to firm the skin.

  • Just mix 1-2 egg whites and massage all over your face and neck. Let dry. 
  • For blotchy or uneven skin tone add a little lemon juice or some papaya to brighten.

Tip: Try not to move your face while the mask dries. And save the left over yolks for a dry skin mask.

Irritated or blotch skin?

Oatmeal and cucumbers are great for people with red and sensitive skin as they are very soothing and calming.

You may need a blender for these ingredients to get them a bit liquefied.

Don’t forget to wash off your homemade facial mask in your shower – it’s much cleaner that way!

Click here for  more tips on puffy eyes.

Puffy face and eyes?

Have puffy eyes or skin? Put some ground coffee beans to your homemade facial mask for some instant depuffing. Caffeine works great to reduce swelling.  

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