We have all come across the articles and videos of face masks that guarantee that they will improve your skin but somehow they never seem to work. I know I have tried a few and I have ended up causing damage to my skin and even burnt up my face once with baking soda, the horrors.
Eventually, I stopped being on the bandwagon and decided to come up with my own face mask. I did so by doing some research into products for problems I experienced and combining them. It wasn’t an easy task as I ended up having a severe rash breakout due to applying honey on my face, which leads me to recommend a patch test before using anything on your face. I eventually came up with a face mask that has worked for me and I’ve recommended to some of my friends who sing praises about it. Here is the fame mask I use, it’s a combination of simple kitchen ingredients that are readily available and you may already have in your kitchen.
This sweet smelling spice is not only good to add to your food and pastries, it works amazing for your skin. Cinnamon has a drying effect of acne and when applied to your skin can stop a breakout and dry out any acne on your face. It also plumps the skin and increases blood flow and oxygen supply to the skin. This not only causes your skin to feel flushed it also boosts the supply of blood and oxygen ensuring your skin is purified and plumped. This causes breakouts to stop and replenishes your skin at the same time. It may have a burning sensation on your skin the first time you use it but reduces over time as impurities are taken away from the skin and it is balancing out.
Add a tablespoon of this into your mixture.
Lemons are commonly known for their lightening properties but hold a wealth of other properties that benefit the skin greatly. Lemon is known as a natural bleach and clears all discolourations and scars away from the face. It also improves appearance by regulating the skin tone all over your face by working as a toner. The vitamin C present in lemons is also important for revitalizing the skin and restoring it, overall it heals your skin and improves the quality with consistent usage. It also has a burning effect on the face but gradually reduces as the skin tone gets balances out and impurities are taken out.
Add one freshly squeezed lemon into your mixture.
- Egg white
Egg white contain proteins that tighten, lighten and firm your skin and it is good for maintaining young looking skin. It provides a soothing effect and prevents ageing of the skin. Egg whites are a powerful tonic that prevents and treats sunburns, blisters and allergic reactions. The mix reduces the size of pores and makes them less visible while firming the skin and improving the overall appearance. The egg white must be used on its own separate from the yolk.
Add one egg white into the mixture.
- Cloves and ginger
Cloves and ginger have so many benefits to the skin and work to improve the skin appearance. They revive dry and dull skin, restore the natural oils and moisturize the skin. This makes them not only great for the face but also for the feet, knees and elbows. It leaves the skin feeling silky and smooth and moisturized.
Add a tablespoon of each into the mixture.
Turmeric has been long in use by women from Asian countries not only for consumption but also on their skin. They discovered the benefits of the yellow spice. Turmeric not only treats eczema, psoriasis and acne but also controls oily skin, treats minor burns and acts as a sunscreen. This has great benefit to the skin as it ensures there is no breakout, protects against the harsh effects of UV rays and controls oily skin. It may leave a yellowish tint on your face when used as a mask on its own but it is totally worth it.
Add a tablespoon of turmeric into the mixture.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is the skin darling as its benefits range from treating burns and scars to reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improve the skin. This plant not only detoxes but also cures the skin on so many different levels. Aloe Vera gel has antioxidant and antibacterial properties working to reduce acne, rashes, blackheads and other inflammation and killing the bacteria in the skin pores. It heals old scars and the skin itself restoring it to its naturally balanced state.
Use two of the fleshy leaves if you don’t have Aloe Vera gel. Add two tablespoons of the gel.
- Cacao powder
This plant is not only useful for making chocolate, which we all love, it’s also good for your skin. Cacao has some of the highest antioxidant capacities and prevents your skin cells from oxidizing and ageing. The high levels of antioxidants protect and repair the skin from damage and premature ageing. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory and it soothes redness and blemishes, improving the skin’s complexion. The natural oil derived from the cacao seed, also known as cacao butter, contains healthy omega-6 fatty acids for a healthy dose of skin soothing rejuvenation. While an increase in circulation stimulates new blood flow to the surface of the skin, keeping it healthy and glowing.
Add a tablespoon of this into your mixture.
- Baobab powder.
This may seem like an unlikely ingredient but if you want that glow then you better start using this. Baobab powder has antioxidants that prevent ageing and developing wrinkles. The vitamin C present brings about that glow making your skin radiant while keeping it hydrated. The particles of the powder have some coarseness that acts as an exfoliator on your skin when rinsing it off or using it on its own.
Add a tablespoon of this into the mixture.
Cleopatra, one of the most beautiful women in history, is reported to have taken a milk bath at least once a week. She discovered the benefits of the product and soaked it in to make her skin smooth, supple and young. Milk in its raw form has a variety of benefits from hiding fine line and wrinkles, to curing acne and acne scars and even to lighten the skin tone. Milk is a natural miracle for the skin and though it may seem absurd to bath in it, using a bit of it on your face would go a long way. Raw milk contains lots of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein, and more, therefore, is recommended to be used in its raw form without heating which may destroy some enzymes. It is a natural toner, moisturizer, skin lightener, cleanser, anti-tanning agent, adds glow and radiance, and promotes skin fairness. With more than 10 benefits it is recommended for usage on your skin.
Add three tablespoons into your mixture.
The mixture with all the ingredients should have a thick consistency for easy application. Remember to do a patch test before using it on your skin to see the reaction. I would recommend adding or changing some ingredients based on your skin type and depending on what type of mask you are looking for.
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