Use Egg Whites to Cleanse and Lighten
Egg White Mask Recipe
The simplest recipes for face masks use egg whites. For a face mask that soothes and moisturizes combine two egg whites and two tablespoons of plain yogurt (not the kind with strawberries at the bottom!) Apply the mix to cover the entire face, leave in place for two minutes, then wash off completely using warm water.
Honey Cleans and Protects Your Skin
Honey is another food from around that kitchen that is one of the common face mask recipe ingredients. Honey is antiseptic (fights growth of microbes) and antibacterial. It's a great acne remedy to use to clean the pores and stop the growth of bacteria on the skin. Honey is also a natural sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful rays, and acts as an antioxidant to fight skin-damaging free radicals.
Honey Face Mask Recipes
With all these benefits, honey is a terrific ingredient to use in recipes for face masks. Start with honey and add apple, aloe vera plant, avocado, carrot, apricots, cucumber, cream cheese, lemon, pear, peach, strawberries or even mango or wheat germ and yogurt and you've got a basic honey mask. Be sure to take out any pits or seeds and remove the skin from any of these ingredients, and then mix with them with the honey in a bowl and blend, mash or puree into a smooth paste, and you've got yourself a homemade mask! Spread evenly on the face and allow to site for 15 minutes then wash off with warm water. Not too hard, right?
Bananas Deliver Vitamins
Bananas aren't handy healthy snacks - and they're also a key ingredient in recipes for face masks. Bananas are high in everything that's healthy in our body and our skin: potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron, iodine and vitamins A, B, E and F. For a facial mask that's good for dry skin mix banana, avocado, and papaya. Delicious papaya's sweet juiciness means smooth and supple skin!
Banana, Papaya, Avocado Mask Recipe
To make the mask, combine the three ingredients (banana, avocado, and papaya) and smash into smooth, consistent paste. Then apply evenly over the entire face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water when done. Be sure to set aside the "extra" ingredients for a tasty fruit bowl after your face mask!
Use Oatmeal To Absorb Impurities and Exfoliate
Oatmeal drinks up and removes dirt and impurities from your skin. And count on it to clean out your pores while scrubbing and exfoliating leaving your skin smooth and moisturized.
Oatmeal has a history treating a range of skin issues; dry skin, oily skin, acne pimples, blemishes and even sunburns and razor burn. Who knew?! Oatmeal treats skin gently enough to be good on dry, itchy skin and works well on sensitive skin. Types of oatmeal skin mask recipes include those using dry oatmeal, prepared oatmeal or oats ground in a food processor or coffee grinder.
Fast Oatmeal Face Mask Recipe
Here's an oatmeal skin recipe that's easy to make. Mix 1 tablespoon oatmeal with 4 tablespoons cream cheese and half a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. The lactic acid from the cream cheese acts like a very light peel, shrinking pores and cleansing the skin. And the combination gently exfoliates and lightens too.
Yogurt Enzymes Give A Mild Peel
Not just good for digestion, yogurt is high in the minerals zinc and calcium - the same minerals that build strong teeth and bones. When yogurt is applied to the skin the minerals give it a healthy glow.
Yogurt also contains lactic acid (as do many dairy products) which smooths dry, rough skin which helps make skin look younger. Zinc in the yogurt helps heal acne blemishes and even removes impurities to reduce future breakouts. You can even add yogurt to other facial mask recipes and use its bleaching properties for help with skin discoloration. After all, lactic acid has a mild peeling effect by removing the top layer of old skin cells as many commercial mild peels do.
Yogurt and Grapefruit Mask Recipe
Three-quarters of a cup of yogurt and the grated rind of a whole grapefruit will help lighten and smooth skin too. Leave on for 10 minutes. Afterward avoid the sun and use sunscreen if going out to protect the newly treated skin.
There you have it, five easy facial mask recipes from common kitchen ingredients!