• Nisha Willis

5 Easy Homemade Masks for Healthy, Glowing Skin




Our skin is as unique as our personalities. While some people’s skin changes with the seasons, others house oil glands that run on overdrive year-round. Few of us have perfect skin, but we all strive to reach the common goal of having healthy skin. There are 5 types of skin: dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and normal. No matter which type you’re rocking it’s ideal to have a regimen to keep our pores looking and feeling amazing. Masks are a fun, relaxing part of such a regimen, and while spas and products can be expensive, the perfect mask for your skin may be right in your kitchen. Here are 5 extremely easy homemade face masks for every skin type that will leave your face glowing. Many of these masks are useful for several skin types, but we’ve narrowed them down into categories just for you!


Dry Skin…

For some of us, the winter months can be tough. With little moisture in the air, and the cold nipping at our noses, it is easy for skin to become dry. Unfortunately, as we age this becomes even more of an issue. Avocado, however, may be the answer to that problem. Though many of us can agree that avocado is both delicious and healthy for our insides, the fruit can also be beneficial topically for addressing areas of concern. Rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin E and C, avocados can provide hydrating properties that combat lines and wrinkles better than many anti-aging products. Try mixing and applying this mask then marvel as the natural oils of avocados deeply penetrate and moisturize your skin.



Avocado Face Mask

Ingredients:

· ½ avocado

· 3-4 tbsp of honey

· 1 tsp olive oil

· Ground oats (optional)


Instructions:

1. Mix ingredients in a small bowl. (Add oats for exfoliating)

2. On clean, dry skin evenly apply a thin layer of mixture and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

3. Rinse completely with warm water and apply moisturizer of choice to damp skin.


Oily Skin…

We all love to shine, but I’m not sure greasy or bumpy is what we had in mind. For those of us with oily skin, we sometimes feel the need to dim that glow slightly or pop those pimples cleanly. Fortunately, oatmeal is one of the best natural agents for the mission, soaking up excess oil. If used regularly, these properties may eventually encourage pores to produce less oil. Try mixing this easy mask for your next home spa night.



Oatmeal Face Mask

Ingredients:

· 2 tbsp of oatmeal

· 1 tsp of baking soda

· 1 tsp of lemon juice

· Water (just enough for consistency)


Instructions:

1. Grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Add in baking soda and lemon juice.

2. Slowly add in water until mixture is a paste-like consistency.

3. Apply evenly to face or problem areas. Be sure to wash and dry face before application.

4. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

5. Be sure to moisturize!


Combination Skin…

Blackheads, whiteheads, T-zones, oh my! Combination skin is one of the most common skin types, and one of the most unpredictable. You could have a dry patch and a breakout all in the same day. Fear not, for breakfast is our savior! Well, at least egg whites are. These heroes deeply cleanse and shrink pores while providing over 3 grams of protein to tighten skin. Try this mask just after a healthy breakfast for skin as snatched as your waistline.



Egg-White Face Mask

Ingredients:

· 1 large egg

· 1 tbsp of lemon juice


Instructions:

1. Crack 1 large egg and carefully separate the egg white into a bowl.

2. Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and whisk thoroughly for about 30-45 seconds.

3. Apply a thin layer to face and let sit for 10 minutes.

4. Rinse, moisturize, and pose for that beautiful fresh-face selfie!

Sensitive Skin…

Do delightful fragrances literally turn your face red? Are you prone to rashes and reactions? With sensitive skin, one must take caution in choosing and using products. However, thanks to Mother Earth, all the products you need can be found in the produce department of your favorite grocery store. The aloe vera plant is a godsend, offering soothing anti-inflammatory properties and boasting a combination of vitamins A and C. Try this super simple, all-natural mask for breathtaking results.



Aloe Vera Gel Mask

Ingredients:

· 1 aloe vera leaf

· 1 dash of vitamin E oil (optional)


Instructions:

1. Cut both ends off of an aloe vera leaf. Slice the remaining piece in half to expose its gel center.

2. Rub the gel end of the leaf directly onto clean, dry skin, applying a thin, even layer,

3. Let mask dry on face for 15 minutes. (Some people even leave it on overnight.)

4. Rinse completely with warm water. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize!

5. For added benefits, try scooping gel into a bowl and mixing with a dash of vitamin E oil before applying mask.


Normal Skin…

So, you were blessed with well-balanced skin. Great for you! Keep that face looking as gorgeous as ever with a spoonful or two of mayonnaise. I’m not kidding! This tasty condiment is loaded with ingredients like egg, soybean oil, and vinegar, all of which have either moisturizing or tightening properties. You could go through the trouble of mixing it yourself, but why bother when Duke, Hellman, or whoever is in your refrigerator has already done the kindness for you. Simply apply for up to 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly for a smooth finish. Don’t forget to moisturize!


*Caution: Before trying any of these masks, test a patch of skin in a discreet area (such as behind the ear or on the inside of the forearm) to observe signs of allergic reaction.



Did your favorite mask make it to the list? If not, share your DIY recipes with us in the comment section.


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