Friday, April 25, 2008

Natural facial masks for dry skin

Natural facial masks for dry skinDry skin is most commonly prone to wrinkles and lines as it is unable to retain moisture and the sebaceous glands cannot produce sufficient amounts of sebum. This type of skin becomes often dehydrated and needs special care by continually moisturizing it. Masks for dry skin are made of chamomile, lavender, peppermint, bananas, avocado, honey, milk, yoghurt, tomato, egg yolk, butter, strawberries etc.
Dry skin can benefit a lot from periodical use of hydrating masks. They have many moisturizing ingredients that help the skin to have more balance. They may have plant extract, essential oils, and nourishing vegetable oils or milk derivates.

To make classic facial mask at home for dry skin, take 1/2 avocado and 1/4 cup of honey. Mash together these 2 ingredients for an easy face mask. Apply to your face and leave for 5 minutes before removing with a washcloth and some trepid water. You will definitely enjoy the smell and feeling of this mask on your face. Honey and avocado are particularly rich in moisturizing properties.

Generally benefits of avocado are numerous: it is filled with monounsaturated fats, Vitamin B and E, nutrients excellent for moisturizing and rejuvenating dry or tired skin. Use this fruit in the next masks too.
First recipe: take 1 avocado and 3-4 drops of almond oil. Peel and mash avocado and add almond oil until the mass is consistent. Apply to face while massaging it gently. Let it rest for 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Second recipe: you need 1 avocado, 1 teaspoon of apple vinegar, 1 egg white, 3 teaspoons of olive oil. Peel and mash avocado and start adding the rest of the ingredients. Egg white should be beaten before you put it in. When the mass is done, apply to face and wash off after 20 minutes or so. This mask provides great moisture for skin, making it soft and elastic.

To prevent wrinkles, make a paste of bananas, yogurt and honey and apply it on the skin for 15-20 minutes then clean it with warm water. You’ll need 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 banana.

Refreshing tomato mask. You need 1/4 peeled and seedless tomato. Chop it. 3 teaspoons of yogurt, 1 teaspoon peeled and then grated cucumber, 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, 3 teaspoons of oatmeal (finely ground). Additional ingredients are 2 mint leaves, fresh and crushed so the essential oils run out of the leaves. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Apply on the face and leave on for about 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

Popular milk mask for face. Take 1 teaspoon powdered milk, 1 tablespoon runny honey, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel and 2 drops essential oil and mix ingredients well. Apply to face, let sit for 15 minutes, wash off with warm water.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Natural facial masks for normal skin

Natural facial masks for normal skinDepending on every skin type (normal, combination, sensitive, oily or dry) there are fruits and vegetables to enhance the beauty of your appearance. Women that have a normal skin are the most lucky of us, as their epidermis has a fine even texture, a proper balance between oil and moisture contents and is therefore moist and neither greasy nor dry. For this type of skin there are masks for maintenance that may consist of any of the following: carrots, honey, peaches, rose petals, papaya, limes, oranges, bananas, strawberries, cucumbers, almonds and many others.

For example, a fresh and healthy looking complexion can be obtained instantly by applying on your face a paste of mixed bananas and strawberries. Leave it for about 20 minutes and you will notice the difference immediately.

Apple mask for normal skin. You need 1 apple, cored & quartered and 2 tablespoons honey. Drop the apple pieces into a food processor and chop. Add honey and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pat the mixture onto your face with a light tapping motion, tapping until the honey feels tacky. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse.

Strawberry mask. You need 1/2 cup strawberries, very ripe and 1/4 cup cornstarch. Mix strawberries and cornstarch together to make a paste and apply it to your face, avoiding the delicate area around your eyes. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.

Another facial masks for normal skin. Take 1/2 cup of mustard and grind it in two liters of water. Make a paste of it with some rose petals. Apply it on the face and wash it off after half an hour.
Make a mixture of yolk of 2 eggs and add some honey and three drops of vegetable oil and apply it on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes.
Take one cup of curd. Add the juice of two limes to it and make a mixture. Apply it on the face. After half an hour wash the face with cold water.

Finally peachy facial mask for normal skin. You need 1 medium peach, 1 tablespoon honey and oatmeal. Cook peach until its soft, mash with a fork, add honey and oatmeal until its a thick consistency. Apply to skin. Keep for 10 minutes, and then rinse well with cool water.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Traveling to Citrus country. Part 2.

Traveling to Citrus country.Here you’ll find some recipes of lotions from citrus for various kinds of skin. Washing mixture for sensitive skin is for beginning. You need juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon glycerin and ¼ glass of water. Mix everything and wash the face every morning.

Lotions for greasy skin with big pores and skin with freckles. Take juice of one lemon and mix it with mineral water (proportion 1:1). Use the lotion 2-3 times a week and don’t wash it then.
Cut the peel of one orange into small pieces and put into glass jar. Pour it with boiling water and keep to infuse for the whole day and then filter the mixture. Use this lotion in the morning and evening.
Prepare mixture from juice of one lemon, half a glass of fresh cream, ¼ glass of vodka and one yolk. Clean the face with this lotion after working day. Keep it in the fridge.

Lotion for dry and normal skin. Mix one yolk with ½ glass of sour cream or cream and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Mix everything carefully and add ¼ glass of vodka and juice of half a lemon. Keep the lotion in the fridge.

Lotion for aging skin. Pour peel of three lemons with glass of boiling water and stay for 10 hours. Then filter and add juice of three lemons, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of cream, 3 tablespoons of cologne and half a glass of infusion from jasmine and rose petals. Mix everything carefully.

Anti-wrinkled lotion. To prevent wrinkles appearance, clean skin with milk and lemon lotion. Pour juice of one lemon into ½ liter of milk and stir slowly.