Natural Face Masks
Natural face masks are a fun and easy way of making face masks to suit your skins needs. Most of the products are found in retail products and will cost you half the price and leave your skin glowing!
Start by cleansing your skin, then apply your homemade face mask, leave on for up to 10 minutes, rinse-off with warm water, gently pat skin dry and apply usual moisturiser.
Face Mask for Dry Skin
Avocados boast moisturising properties from vitamin E, essential fatty acids omega-9 and omega-6 (which aid skin and tissue growth and keep skin supple), and chlorophyll (the nutritious green stuff in plants), which helps regenerate our skin cells. It's also easily absorbed, which makes it ideal for dry skin.
Method: Mash-up a ripe avocado. Add a teaspoon of runny honey (which is super-hydrating too), blend the ingredients and apply to face.
Face Mask for Combination Skin
Bananas contain highly-moisturising agents which make the skin flexible, pliable and super-soft. But they are also non-oily so they're good for combination skins. Peaches remove any excess sebum (oil) by softening the sebum. Honey is excellent for skin that's prone to breakouts, as it reduces redness of pimples and dries them-up. Add some ground almonds, to polish the skin and remove dead surface cells – two tablespoons should do it.
Method: Blend two bananas, two tablespoons of honey and two stoned and peeled peaches. Add the ground almonds, mix-up and blend again. Finally add a small handful of rolled porridge oats, to bind mixture together. Apply to face.
Face Mask for Oily Skin
If your skin is spot-prone, try a plum and yoghurt mask. Plums contain vitamins A and C (known as anti-oxidants), which fight-off free radical activity, strengthen skin's elasticity and general appearance. Both these vitamins are often used in anti-acne and oil-control style skin care products. Plain yoghurt is an excellent skin hydrator, packed with lactic acid which aids sloughing of dead skin cells and increases cellular turnover. Method: Poach four fresh plums, strain really well and leave to cool. Mash-up and blend with one or two tablespoons of plain yoghurt, a teaspoon of sweet almond oil (which contains anti-microbial properties to help prevent spread of the bacteria responsible for acne) and some cornflower to thicken and bind mixture (make to suit) and apply to face. Warning girls, this one gets a bit messy!
Face Mask for Sensitive Skin
Plain old butter is an excellent source of vitamin A, so grab the (unsalted) butter from the fridge and leave it out for a few hours until it warms up to room temperature. Vitamin A helps to rejuvenate skin, improve its texture and stimulate blood supplies to deeper collagen fibres within the skin. It's also good for fine lines and wrinkles. The oatmeal will calm your skin and yoghurt makes for a soothing mask.
Method: Soften a tablespoon of butter. Add a small handful of rolled porridge oats and a tablespoon of soothing natural yoghurt. Blend together until fairly smooth. Apply to face or call Carla, the mobile beauty therapist for a pampering massage.