It’s Monday night, there’s nothing on TV, you’ve caught up with all your friends on Facebook, and there’s no homework left to be done. How do you spend that last hour before bedtime? How about an at-home facial mask! Here are some masks to treat and prevent various skin issues, made with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now…
1. Cucumber Mask (for Dry Skin)
Mash one small cucumber and mix well with one cup of oatmeal and one teaspoon of plain yogurt. Apply in a thick later to your face, then leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse well with warm water, and pat dry.
2. Honey Mask (for All Skin Types)
Apply a thin layer of room-temperature honey to damp skin, and let stand for five minutes. Rinse well with warm water, the cool water, using a clean washcloth if it’s sticky. Pat dry.
3. Yogurt Mask (for Oily Skin)
Mix a half-cup of plain yogurt with one teaspoon of brewer’s yeast into a thin paste. Rub into your skin in small circles, let stand for about five minutes, then rinse well with warm water.
4. Banana Mask (to Combat Wrinkles)
Mash a ripe banana until it’s pretty smooth, then apply to your face in a thin layer. Let stand for ten minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your skin will be so soft and smooth!
5. Avocado Mask (for All Skin Types)
Mash a ripe avocado until it’s smooth and creamy, then apply to your face in a thick layer. Eek! You look like a monster! Might as well add two cold cucumber slices over your eyes while you wait 15 minutes for the mask to dry a little. Rinse off with warm water, then cool water, and pat dry.
6. Oatmeal Mask (for Oily Skin)
Combine 2 teaspoons of plain uncooked oatmeal and one teaspoon of baking soda, then add a little water to make a thick paste. Rub small circles on damp skin, then rinse well with warm water and pat dry.
7. Lemon Juice Mask (for All Skin Types)
I use this mask once a week to lessen dark spots on my face. Combine the juice from half of a lemon with one egg white. Apply in a thin layer to your face. It will stiffen a little as it dries. Leave on overnight, then rinse off with warm water in the morning.
8. Banana-Yogurt Mask (for Dry Skin)
Mash ¼ of a very ripe banana, and combine it with a half-cup of plain yogurt and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply in a thin layer to your face, leave on for ten minutes, then rinse well with warm water. Your skin will be moisturized and smooth! Bye-bye, dry skin!
9. Cucumber Scrub (for All Skin Types)
Mash one cucumber and add one tablespoon of granulated sugar, and mix well. Store the mask in a lidded dish in the refrigerator. Apply it to damp skin, rubbing in small circles, and leave on for ten minutes. Rinse well with cool water and pat dry. Your skin will be smooth as silk! Use it no your knees and elbows as a body scrub, too!
10. Grape Cleanser (for All Skin Types)
Cut two or three refrigerated grapes in half and rub them gently on your skin, avoiding your eyes. Make sure to run them over your lips, too! Rinse with cool water and pat dry. Perfect as a pick-me-up on hot summer days!
So make up one of these masks, grab your favorite “Twilight” book, and wait for it to do its work! I love the cucumber scrub and the grape cleanser, and I do them at least once a week! Do you have a favorite home-made facial mask? How do you make it, and with what ingredients? Please let me know, so I can add it to my list and try it the next time I have an hour to kill… thanks!
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