Face masks are fun! If you’re incredibly busy and can’t afford to spend hours on a beauty treatment, they are a nice, relaxing way to pamper your skin, treat any existing troubles, all while you’re doing some things else. Besides, trying out different face masks is already a treat! If you’re looking to try different kinds of face masks to address different skin issues and bring back the glow of your skin, here are some of the best natural face masks you can try at home. They are all natural and simple and involve ingredients that you may already even have in your very kitchen.
Raw Tomato Face Mask
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that reverses free radical damage in our cells. It is also anti-inflammatory, which helps in relieving any breakouts or the random pimple near an important social event (ever notice how zits know just when you’ve set date night?). With consistent application of raw, fresh tomatoes, any inflammation can be reduced. Such amazing skin benefits in one simple ingredient!
To prepare this mask, simply slice a fresh, ripe tomato in half. Scrape the juice off the tomato slices and scoop it into a clean container. Using a clean face brush, apply the juice on a clean, freshly washed face, and leave it on for as long as your free time will permit you. Never fear, long exposure to tomato juice will not harm your skin. If you have only an hour though, you can wait until the juice has dried and then wash it off.
You might notice a slight tingling sensation once the mask is on. It should not sting, however. Don’t let the tingling feeling bother you, as it’s just the mask doing its thing.
Honey and Lemon Face Mask
Honey is one of the best skin foods. Not only is it highly beneficial when taken internally, it also has wonderful healing properties. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. If you have any cuts on your skin or if you are suffering through an itchy and bumpy rash, honey should definitely be up there in your list of remedies. Pure, raw honey has been touted highly effective in calming angry breakouts and healing infections. It is also great as a moisturizer and protectant. So by itself, honey can already do what hundreds of products that cost double and even triple the price promise to do.
If you have very dry skin, or if you don’t know what to do with your breakout and your skin has become too sensitive because of the products you’ve been applying altogether, try scooping up some raw honey and simply apply it all over your clean, patted dry face. The longer it sits on your skin, the better. You can even leave it on overnight. To avoid soiling your bed sheets and pillowcases, put a face sheet over the honey and, voila, you can sleep with the honey on.
If you want some lightening effects together with the benefits of honey, however, you can add a drop or two of lemon juice to honey. Make sure to not add too much as the acidity may be too much for your skin, especially if it’s sensitive. Allow your skin to get used to the acid and then gradually increase the amount of lemon juice that you add to your mask daily.
The lemon juice works great as a lightening ingredient, and together with honey, it will also be easier for your skin to absorb it without reacting. For honey and lemon juice, masks, though, do not leave on overnight. Let the mask sit for thirty minutes or so and then wash it off.
Rice Water Face Mask
Rice water is a very little spoken about beauty ingredient. But if you ever chance upon a visit to Asia, you will notice that rice is big in Asian countries. It’s not just a staple in the dining table. It is also a very interesting beauty product. Young girls often hear their mothers or grandmothers talk about using the water left over from washing rice as a cleanser or to leave on the face after cleansing to treat skin problems. And there’s precious truth to this beauty secret that can be proven in the flawless skin of many Asian women. As a bonus to that, it’s so cheap you won’t even believe it.
Rice water is very hydrating to the skin. It keeps it plump and smooth and calms any inflammation at the same time. It helps keep your skin from forming fine lines and wrinkles as well. With consistent use, you will notice that your skin looks firmer, more youthful, and softer.
To prepare your rice water face mask, pour half a cup of rice into a clean container. Afterwards, add half a cup of water into the rice and stir until the water turns whitish. Separate the water from the rice. After cleansing your face, pour the rice water onto your face and leave it on to air dry. Do this morning and night every day to get best results.
Aloe Vera Juice Face Mask
Aloe vera is another well-known natural healing ingredient that can do wonders for the skin, especially if you have troubled, acne-prone, sensitized, or irritated skin. It is known to be anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, which is great for healing any irritations. It can also calm existing breakouts and reduce the size of acne cysts.
Since aloe vera is also very hydrating, applying it regularly can ease dryness, which may also be a side effect of applying too many acne medications or harsh chemical toners or peels.
For best results, a fresh aloe vera plant is more desirable. If you have one in your backyard, simply cut a leaf. Using a small knife, slice the peel carefully until the gel is exposed. Scrape the gel from inside and apply it directly onto your face. After a few minutes, the gel will dry up on your face. Leave it on overnight and wash off thoroughly in the morning.