Facial masks are essential beauty care products, and people who use them feel that with their faces masked, it’s like a day at the spa. There’s also something really fun about running around with goop on your face for half an hour.
So, let’s get started with an acne remedy facial mask. I just want to say first that there are a few ingredients that are super good for acne, and can be found in all kinds of concoctions online.
They are, to name a few: honey, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, milk, green tea, strawberries onion, and turmeric. What do all of these things have in common? They all have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The natural acids found in these foods will serve the same purpose as the salicylic acid and other ingredients found in store-bought acne cleansers, without the added harshness and irritation.
In fact, things like lemons and strawberries contain salicylic acid naturally, in amounts not enough to be harsh to your skin. And the best part is, you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen!
Did you know that you can make an acne remedy out of nothing but cinnamon powder and honey? Well, you can!
All you need is:
- Some cinnamon (powder, not sticks)
- Honey (pure, raw honey, not the kind that’s cut with corn syrup)
- A bowl
- A spoon
- Lemon juice (for later)
Raw honey is surprisingly easy to find. Just check your labels, and when in doubt, look in your supermarket’s organic or health food section.
So, the mixture is one teaspoon of cinnamon to two of honey, give or take, dependent on how thick you want the mask to be. Mix it up, and apply the mixture to your dampened face for a quarter of an hour. Rinse it off when the time is up, and apply lemon juice as a toner. If you’re afraid it’ll be too much for your face, you can leave it off, but I would suggest trying it just to see how it affects you.
Vegan Acne Remedy
If you’re vegan, and honey is off-limits, not to worry. Onions and oatmeal are all you need. The onion provides the acid, and the oatmeal acts as a drying, exfoliating agent to clean up clogged pores.
- One onion
- Half a cup of dry oatmeal
- Food processor
All you have to do is puree a good-sized onion with half a cup of oatmeal. The onion will provide the moisture to transform this into a facial mask. Apply it to your face for a quarter of an hour, then rinse and dry.
Next, let’s move onto facial masks that will provide moisture for dry skin. Common ingredients used in moisture providing masks are also readily found in your kitchen. These include things like: honey, oatmeal, strawberries, cucumbers and avocado, and other fruits such as banana and grapes.
Dry Skin Remedy
My favorite dry skin remedy is so no-nonsense, so simple, it’s a little bit crazy. All you need is:
- Sour cream or plain yogurt
Use a food processor to create a pulp from the cucumbers, and combine it with some sour cream or yogurt. You want roughly one part cream to two parts cucumber. Combine and apply it. Let the mask sit for a quarter of an hour and rinse.
Vegan Dry Skin Remedy
All you need for this remedy is:
- One peeled and boiled carrot
- Half of an avocado
- About half a tablespoon of olive oil
Mash and combine the avocado and carrot, then add the oil. Leave on for a quarter of an hour and then rinse your face.
All of these remedies should be made whenever you want to use them since they have all fresh ingredients. I would say that only the honey and cinnamon could be stored for later use. Even though these masks are all-natural, I would not suggest using them every day.
Keep a list of the everyday ingredients I’ve mentioned, and also try different combinations to find the most optimal combination for your skin. Just remember that for most, you will need one source of hydration, such as honey, milk, yogurt, et cetera, and one source of salicylic acid, such as fruit.