Natural Face Masks From Your Kitchen

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My natural face masks are simple yet effective recipes using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. I cover all skin types and you can add almost any kind of essential oil to any of the recipes.

My favorite recipe will always be the regenerative face mask recipe for glowing skin, but here we will be focusing on making face masks using everyday ingredients, followed by some essential oil face masks and finally some steam face masks. There’s a lot of natural face masks on this page I’m sure you will like some of them!

Tip. If you have problem skin buy some Vitamin E capsules and add a few drops of Vitamin E oil to each of these treatments for an extra healing boost.

Face Masks for Dry Skin

Honey Face Mask

What you will need:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, warmed slightly
  • 1 tablespoon honey, warmed slightly

Method:

  1. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Apply to face and neck.
  3. Wait for it to dry, then rinse off using warm (not hot) water.
  4. Pat dry – never rub.

Honey Face Mask

Honey and Apricot Face Mask

The honey in this natural face mask recipe will help to heal irritated and dry skin, the almonds will leave your face feeling soft and smooth and the fruit will refine coarse skin.

What you will need:

  • 2 ripe apricots (or 1 ripe peach)
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey
  • 2 heaped tablespoons ground almonds

Method:

  1. Take the apricots (or peach), peel them, remove the stone and mash them.
  2. After draining away the juices, mix the mashed fruit with honey and almonds.
  3. Massage the mask into clean skin, keeping away from eyes.
  4. Remove the mask after about 25 mins by rinsing with warm water or a lavatera/ chamomile flower infusion.

Face Masks for Oily Skin

Oatmeal Face Mask

Oatmeal Face Mask

  1. Use a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder to make oat flour out of 1/4 cup regular oatmeal.
  2. Make a paste with a little warm milk, egg white, honey, or just plain water.
  3. Apply to skin, massaging gently for 2-5 minutes.
  4. Allow to dry and rinse off with cool water.

Grape Face Mask

This natural face mask has tonic, astringent properties and will tighten your skin as well as leaving your face feeling moisturised and nourished.

What you will need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 handful seedless white grapes (or 1 large ripe pear)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon bran
  • 18 fl oz (500ml) mineral water
  • 10 drops witch hazel

Method:

  1. Take the egg white and beat until it soft white peaks form.
  2. Peel the grapes (or pear) and mash them. Drain away the juices.
  3. Mix the egg white with the lemon juice, bran and the mashed fruit. The blend should be light and fluffy.
  4. Massage the mask into clean skin, keeping away from eyes.
  5. Pay extra attention to the nose, chin and forehead.
  6. Remove the mask after about 15 mins by rinsing with a mixture of the mineral water and witch hazel.

Grapefruit Face Mask

What you will need:

  • 1/2 large grapefruit, peeled
  • 1/2 cored and unpeeled apple
  • 1 egg white
  • 30 seedless grapes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Method:

  1. Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Apply the mask to your face and let it work for about 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water (not hot) and pat dry.

Face Masks for Normal Skin

Homemade Strawberry and Mint Face Mask

This natural face masks contains lots of vitamin E and are full of moisture, they also have a lovely aroma.

What you will need:

  • 5 – 6 ripe strawberries
  • 1 handful spearmint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Wheat Germ Oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice

Method:

  1. Take the strawberries and spearmint leaves and liquidise them.
  2. Then add the wheatgerm oil and orange juice.
  3. Massage the mask into clean skin, spreading evenly.
  4. Put two slices of cucumber over eyelids.
  5. Remove the mask after about 25 mins by rinsing with warm water or a lime tree leaf infusion.

Fruity Face Masks

Homemade Banana Facial Mask

Fresh fruit contains great natural astringent qualities and it’s a great way to use up any extra bits of fruit you may have.

These natural face masks are very quick and easy, made from store cupboard ingredients that can be adapted to suit any skin type.

Fruity Face Masks

What you will need for your skin type:
4 tablespoons of heavy cream (for dry or normal skin)
Or
1 egg white (for oily skin)

Then choose one of the following:

  • 1 apricot
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1/4 peach or nectarine
  • 1 small cube of melon (about 1 inch square)

Method:

  1. Whip the cream until it’s thick enough to stand up in peeks, or beat the egg until it begins to froth.
  2. Mash the fruit into a puree (you will need to peel the apricot, peach or nectarine first).
  3. Mix the fruit with the cream/yogurt.
  4. Smooth the cream over your face and neck, leave for 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Banana Face Mask

Bananas have a thick and creamy texture and when used in a facial mask, it will enrich your skin and leave it feeling clean, soft and nourished.
All you will need for this face mask is:

  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt if you have oily skin or 1 tablespoon of heavy cream for dry to normal skin.

Method:

  1. Peel and then mash the banana, then mix in the honey, yogurt/cream until nice and smooth.
  2. Smooth the mixture over your face and neck, leave for 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
Note:
Fruit can have a tendency to loose its goodness once it has been peeled or mashed, so you really do have to use these natural facial masks immediately.

Essential Oil Face Masks

Homemade Face mask

These face mask recipes take about 5 minutes to mix up, and as you only make up one application at a time there is absolutely no waste what so ever.

What’s more, they can be great fun to makeup using lots of different combinations.

And by adding the right ingredients to your oils you can create a paste that will hold the oils upon the skins surface so that they can be absorbed completely into your skin, rather than evaporating into the air.

Best oils and powders to use for a face mask

  • Mature or dry skin – Frankincense
  • Normal or combination skin – Jasmine
  • Oily or blemished skin – Geranium
  • Best Moisturizing powders – Oatmeal, Rice flour or Ground Almonds
  • Best Cleansing powders – Fuller’s Earth, Bran or Kaolin
  • The finer the powdery ingredient, the more the mask will tighten and draw out any grime and dirt from the skin. So if your oatmeal, rice flour or almonds are too coarse, give them a quick blast in the blender before using them.
  • You can also make your moisturizing face mask more effective by adding a warmed and melted teaspoon of honey to them, or make a natural facial cleanser mask more effective by heating it before applying.
  • Put the paste into a jar with a screw lid and then stand it in a bowl of just boiled water until it has warmed through (only takes just a few minutes).
Making Homemade Beauty Masks

Perfect Essential Oil Face Masks

  • Always use your facial mask within 2 hours of making them, and don’t waste any of it, any left over’s can be used on other parts of the body such as the elbows, knees and back.
  • Apply to well-cleansed skin avoiding the eye, mouth and nostril area, lie back and unwind for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

For a moisturizing face mask:

6 drops of essential oil blended with 6 teaspoon of carrier oil. Add enough of the powdery ingredient to make a thick and sticky paste.

For a cleansing face mask:

6 drops of essential oil blended with 6 teaspoon of hot water. Add enough of the powdery ingredient to make a thick and sticky paste.

Rich Moisture Mask:

2 drops each of Frankincense, Rose and Neroli, blended with 6 teaspoons of Apricot Kernel Oil, 1 teaspoon of warm runny clear honey, and enough ground almonds to make a good soft paste.

Deep Cleansing Mask:

4 drops of Geranium plus 1 drop each of Lavender and Lemon blended with 6 teaspoons of hot water, and enough Kaolin or Fuller’s Earth to make a nice smooth paste.

Soothing and Relaxing Facial Mask:

2 drops each of Violet, Lavender and Neroli. Blend with 6 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil and enough oatmeal to make a nice smooth paste.

Energising Face Mask:

2 drops each of Ylang Ylang , Petitgrain and Lemon, blended with 6 teaspoons of ice cold water and enough ground almonds to make a good soft paste.

Anti-Ageing Face Mask:

2 drops each of Neroli, Mandarin and Orange blended with 6 teaspoons of Evening Primrose Oil, 1 teaspoon of warm runny clear honey, and enough ground almonds to make a good soft paste.

Making Steam Facials With Essential Oils

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Steam facials are another very effective and beneficial way to use your essential oils in your home beauty routine.

The hot steam opens the pores and warms the skin so that the essential oils are readily absorbed into the skin for maximum effect.

The heat from the steam also makes the oils more volatile making them evaporate faster; this makes the oil more aromatic which also gives the steam facial a deep and relaxing treatment.

As steam makes the essential oil more effective some oils will be far too potent to use in a facial steam as the oils are inhaled directly into the nasal passage this can result in irritating the eyes.

Nor should you use a steam facial if you suffer from asthma or any other respiratory complaints for that matter.

Oils Not Recommended For Steam Facials
Basil – Laurel – Bay – Pine – Birch – Clary Sage – Camphor – Tarragon – Citronella – Tea Tree – Fennel – Thyme – Ginger – Valerian – Juniper

Steam facials should be used no more than once a week for either a deep moisturize or deep cleansing of the skin. They are extremely effective on dull, dehydrated, spotty or greasy skin and can literally act as an instant beautifier.

Having said that don’t use them just before going out as the heat from the steam can leave you looking rather flushed and your skin can often take on a shiny appearance for a couple of hours after using.

In fact because they are so relaxing I would defiantly recommend using a steam facial just before bed, that way any moisturizer you apply afterward will benefit greatly from being rubbed into warm, soft skin giving your skin an extra night boost.

How to use Steam Facials

You will need 5 drops of essential oil to 2 pints (1 litre) of boiling water:

  1. Place the boiled water into a large bowl, and then add the drops of essential oil to the surface of the water.
  2. Drape a large towel over your head and the bowl so as to trap the steam.
  3. Close your eyes and stay under the towel until the steam begins to cool then add more boiling water to the bowl to evaporate off any remaining essential oils.
  4. Gently pat your face dry and then immediately massage a moisturizer into your skin to trap the extra steamy water in the skin.

It’s best to use no more than 2 different essential oils in a facial steam as they tend to be so aromatic, getting the right combination can treat just about any problem within the skin or psyche.

Now you can go off and try out your own creations or for the slightly less adventures here’s a selection of some more homemade face mask recipes I have tried.

Deep Cleaning

Dry skin: 2 drops Lemon, 3 drops Violet

Normal or combination skin: 2 drops Mimosa, 3 drops Geranium

Oily or blemished skin: 3 drops Juniper Berry, 2 drops Bergamot

Mature skin: 3 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Galbanum

Deep Moisturising

Dry skin: 2 drops Chamomile, 3 drops Jasmine

Normal or combination skin: 2 drops Rose, 3 drops Sandalwood

Oily or blemished skin: 2 drops Chamomile, 3 drops Geranium

Mature skin: 2 drops Neroli, 3 drops Rose

Steam Facials For Mind And Body

Relaxing: 2 drops Ylang Ylang, 3 drops Jasmine

Invigorating: 2 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Lavender

Angela Wills

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