In ancient times when the term mainstream cosmetics never existed, the beauty of the skin was preserved through natural facial masks. In Asia, China, Japan, and Egypt, for example, fresh herbs, fruits, and flower extracts were considered vital skin care ingredients while in Europe, precious stones and gems, like Gold and Tourmaline were used by royalties for a glowing skin complexion. As a result of this natural skin care, some of the most world-known beauties lived at the time with women from all nations aspiring to achieve their gorgeous looks. Today thousands of people look for skincare products, containing these miraculous ingredients which has prompted manufacturers to use this as a powerful promotional technique to attract consumers. Unfortunately, the majority of companies only include tiny amounts of these ‘natural gems’ which most of the time are in their refined form with all the benefits harshly removed.
Thus I believe the best way to ensure that we get the full benefits of the skincare treatments of the ancient beauties, like Cleopatra and Nefertiti is to go back to basics and make our own skincare products. Driven by this mentality I have dedicated this post to some ‘skin-loving’ face masks that you can easily do at home and feel the caring touch of Mother Nature straight away.Homemade facial masks provide essential nutrients to dry, lifeless, and aging skin by using ingredients easily available at home. By providing the crucial moisture necessary to fight aging, homemade masks can unclog pores in addition to some also being able to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. They work by drawing blood to the skin surface, stimulating circulation and helping to replace moisture to achieve a beautiful skin tone and cell renewal.
Making a homemade facial mask is extremely easy and the only danger comes from the taste – sometimes the mix smells so divine that you almost feel like eating it all. They vary by skin type and this is how I will present them today.
- Anti-aging mix for normal to dry skin
Mix in a bowl 2-3 eggs whites and spread them all over your face. Let this dry for 20 minutes and wash it with cold water. Before applying prepare the skin by opening the pores with placing your face against some steaming hot water or just gently touching it with a damp, warm towel. This is Cleopatra’s favourite treatment to tone the skin and tighten its look.
2. Spots-fighting and exfoliating delight for oily skin
Mix 2-3 table spoons of yoghurt with ½ teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. This removes the excess oil on your face, and opens the pores.
Take a teaspoon of honey and ½ cup of oats. Spread the mix over your face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water and apply for daily moisturiser. The oatmeal absorbs water which allows the grain to suck up all skin problems – oil, dirt, dead skin and even bacteria – perfect exfoliation. Honey is a natural antibiotic which protects the skin, leaving it feel fresh and hydrated.
- Yummy nourishing delight for dry skin
Mash 1/4 banana with a tea spoon of honey and 1/4 cup of yoghurt. Spread over the face and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and you will feel the hydration effect straight away.
- Moisturising Mix for normal to combination skinBlend 2 table spoons of avocado with 1 slice of orange and 2 slices of banana. The mixture should look like dough so you can easily apply it. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse again with warm water. You will feel your face moisturised immediately because the avocado contains essential oils, anti aging amino acids , vitamin E and many other antioxidants and minerals. The orange contains vitamin C while the banana has vitamin B and is rich with minerals like potassium.
As you can see these recipes are easy to prepare at home and you can turn this 20 minutes into a mini spa treat for your skin, relaxing with some music and scented candles. Give it a try and feel the caring touch of Mother Nature.
With health & balance,