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This is a fun blog and it’s time to get creative in the kitchen!
No…No…No. Don’t worry! I am not going to ask you to cook exotic recipes.
This blog is all about homemade natural face masks and their amazing benefits.
We often spend lots of money on skin care products. But some of the best skin care products are found in our kitchens. I’m a big fan of natural beauty products. And as you know face yoga is all about going natural. Nature has an abundant source of offerings that can heal and beautify.
Did you know that 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body?
Skin is the largest organ of our body, so we must be careful in how we take care of it. Anything you put on the skin has the possibility of travelling into our bloodstream and all the major organs. So, our commitment to treating ourselves well should be bi-directional: inside-out and outside-in.
Natural face masks can improve the condition of your skin and complexion by increasing blood circulation, hydrating the skin, stimulating, and eliminating toxins, brightening the skin, reducing discoloration, and closing the pores.
There are several amazing homemade face masks but for you to get going and start off this wonderful skin care practice, I am going to give you 3 simple face masks with ingredients always available in your kitchen. They are also so quick and easy to make that you will be left with no excuses to not do it.
1. Yogurt and Honey Mask:
This is the simplest, least time-consuming face mask that’s so good for your skin
This mask has just 2 simple ingredients. Yogurt and honey.
2 tsp of plain thick unflavored yogurt with active cultures (If the yogurt is runny, strain it. Greek yogurt works best)
1 tsp of honey (pure, raw and unfiltered is best)
Honey is a great natural skin moisturizer as it keeps the skin soft and has antibacterial properties. Yogurt contains lactic acid which acts as a natural exfoliator for the skin which helps in the removal of dead skin cells, making skin appear smoother and firmer. Yogurt also lightens the skin, tightens the pores, and smooths out the wrinkles. Yogurt masks are even great to remove sun tans. My first go-to, after I return from a sunny vacation.
By combining yogurt and honey, you’ll have a natural face mask that’s great for your skin and guess what….???
It’s even delicious to eat. YUMMMM!!!!
Put it all over your face and neck and (maybe eat the leftovers?). Leave it on your face for 15 -20 mins and wash it off.
This is the basic mask. But you can go ahead and experiment by adding several other great skin friendly natural ingredients like turmeric powder, charcoal powder, green tea, matcha powder, camu camu powder and spirulina powder to the yogurt mask.
So go ahead and pamper your skin with these colorful variations of yogurt masks.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a vegan, you could use alternatives like soy yogurt or coconut yogurt.
2. The Egg white mask:
Egg white masks can firm and tighten your skin, smooth out fine lines, reduce dark spots and discoloration and improve the overall skin tone.
Recipe? Well, there is no recipe for this!
Whenever you use eggs for breakfast or other meals, once you break the egg, don’t throw away the shells. Instead, just scoop out the leftover egg white from the shell and put it over your face especially the problem areas where you have dark circles, dark spots and fine lines. You could even use the thin egg membrane to put on dark / discolored spots.
Egg whites are perfectly safe to even apply closer to the eyes.
Leave it on for 10 mins and then wash your face. Remember not to talk too much or laugh while you have the mask on… as the egg white mask really stiffens and tightens your face within a couple of minutes and you want it to stay that way.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a vegan or allergic to eggs, you could use flax seeds soaked in water as a substitute for eggs to give the same effect.
3. Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and Vegetables have amazing nutrients and antioxidants that are not only beneficial when you eat them but also when you put them on your skin.
Banana, papaya, watermelon, strawberries, avocado have great benefits for the skin. Mash the leftovers and put them on your face whenever you can.
Potato and cucumber slices are great for dark circles and tired eyes.
Tomato pulp is good for tightening skin and shrinking pores.
Things to remember before applying your face mask:
Always test in a smaller area like inside of your arms or neck to see if there is any reaction.
Before applying any face masks, make sure your skin is clean and free of any make up.
I strongly recommend that you do face masks at least once or twice a week. If you want to do it every day, that’s perfect 😊.
There are tons of other things in the kitchen that are great for the skin. So, go ahead, experiment and have fun. Don’t forget to try on these or share your own DIY skin care recipes and your fun face mask pictures and tag me on Instagram @bloomfaceyoga.
See you in my next blog!