Homemade Natural Face Masks
Honey and lemon are two ingredients that are an absolute must for clear, glowing skin. Lemons are filled with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help remove dead skin cells, while honey is an antibacterial-filled antioxidant that fights free radical damage. Here is a look at eight different honey and lemon masks for a radiant complexion.
Before applying a mask, use the steam from a bowl of hot boiling water, to open up the pores of your skin. After rinsing off the mask, wash your face with cold water to close the pores.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Honey and lemon juice mask
This mask uses a combination of honey and lemon. Squeeze out lemon juice from half a lemon and mix it with one tablespoon of organic honey. Mix well and apply over the face and neck. Avoid the area near your eyes. After 20 minutes, wash with warm water, then cold water. Pat face dry with a soft towel.
Cucumber, turmeric and lemon juice
This mask is for oily skin. It helps lighten the skin and soothe sunburn. Peel a cucumber and cut into small pieces. Use a blender to make a pulpy mixture. Take a tablespoon of this mixture, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of organic turmeric powder. Mix the ingredients well and evenly apply over the face.
Leave on for 15 minutes and allow it to dry. Wash off with cold water. Use daily for a week for best results. For dry skin, add a teaspoon of glycerine to this mix.
Gram flour with turmeric, lemon juice and honey
This is a universal mask that can be applied to any skin type. Mix one tablespoon of gram flour with a teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of organic turmeric powder. Mix with rose water and apply paste to the face. Wash off with cold water for glowing skin. Regular application should help remove dark spots and acne scars from the face.
Chamomile, almond oil, oatmeal and honey
Brew a pot of chamomile tea and allow it to cool down. Add this to ¼ cup of oatmeal, 2 drops of almond oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and make a paste out of it. Wash the face with warm water before applying the paste to your damp skin. Allow the mask to dry for about 7 minutes before washing off with cold water. The mask helps remove dead cells and gives your skin a soft feel.
Green tea with honey
Green tea is full of antioxidants to combat free radical damamge. Take a green tea bag, cut it open and mix with 2 tablespoons of organic honey. Apply this to the face and leave it for 15 minutes before washing off warm water. The mask removes red spots on the skin, prevents blackheads and gives a glow to the face.
Banana, cinnamon and honey
This mask is great for combatting dry skin during the winter. Take half a banana and mash it into an even consistency. Then add 2 tbsp of organic honey and ½ tbsp of finely ground cinnamon powder. Mix to get a soft paste. Wash the face with warm water, apply the paste with your fingers and allow it to dry for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Cinnamon not only opens up the pores of the skin, but also works on the blemishes on the skin. Adding the banana soothes the dry skin while honey fights free radical damage and exerts antibacterial action.
Lemon and milk
Both lemon and milk contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that promote dead cell removal. Combining both inexpensive, readily available ingredients has effective skin-brightening properties. Take 2 tbsp of whole milk (go with the whole milk only, as it yields better results than toned milk) and add 2 tsp of lemon juice.
Mix the ingredients and allow it to stand at room temperature for four hours. During this period, the milk will break down and form a fresh curd. Apply and leave on a clean face for 15 minutes before washing off with cold water.
Avocado with honey
Avocados are fruits that pack a punch: iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium and more. It contains vitamins A, E, B and K and moisturizes the skin. Avocados also protect the skin from solar radiation and decreases inflammation caused by eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Cut an avocado and discard the pit. Scoop out the avocado into a bowl and mash with your hands. Add 15 ml honey mash, until you get a paste-like consistency. Apply this to the face in slow, circular, upward moving strokes and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. You can make this mask in bulk and store for up to 5 days in the fridge.
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