Natural skin care doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive. Even one single ingredient can improve the health and appearance of your skin. Treat your skin to one of these simple, 1 ingredient facial masks. You may already have several of these ingredients in your kitchen.
HOW TO USE THESE MASKS
- Cleanse and exfoliate skin.
- Apply the masks as noted below and leave on for 20 minutes.
- Gently remove the mask with a warm, damp cloth, followed by rinsing with warm water.
- Finish up with your favorite toner and protective moisturizer.
1. Raw Honey
Honey is a humectant, which means it draws moisture into the skin. It is also anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and wonderfully moisturizing.
Apply a 1/2 teaspoon of honey to damp skin, massaging in gently.
Yogurt offers a cooling, soothing experience for skin. It is great for calming sensitive skin and also offers probiotic support that is great for fighting breakouts. The lactic acid in yogurt also gently exfoliates skin leaving a radiant glow.
Apply 1 tablespoon of yogurt to damp skin.
Oatmeal is a gently soothing mask, great for dry, itchy and sensitive skins.
Mix 1 tablespoon of oatmeal with enough water to make a paste and apply to damp skin.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is excellent for regenerating skin. It is rich in antioxidants and helps the skin restore moisture, which makes skin more elastic and supple. It is also a very soothing and calming mask, which is great for sensitive and rosacea skins. You can find spirulina at your local natural foods store.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina with a bit of water to make a paste and apply to damp skin.
Kelp nourishes the skin, while also smoothing, toning and moisturizing. For more ways to love kelp, check out this post.
Mix 1 teaspoon of kelp with enough water to make a paste. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then apply to damp skin.
6. Egg Yolk
Egg yolks are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fats, which make it a wonderful nourishing and moisturizing mask.
Lightly mix one egg yolk and apply to damp skin. You can also use the remaining egg white as a firming and toning mask - apply to damp skin and remove when dry.
Banana is rich in vitamins A, B and E, which help skin to fight off free radicals. It is richly moisturizing and also helps to smooth out the texture of skin.
Mash a small amount of banana and apply to damp skin.
The enzyme, papain, in papaya is a natural exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, revealing fresh, happy new ones. It is also loaded with antioxidants A, C and E and assists in deeply hydrating the skin.
Mash a small amount of papaya and apply to damp skin.
Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acids, which help to gently exfoliate and even out skin tone. They are also known to lighten areas of pigmentation, such as freckles - but why would you want to do that? Freckles are gorgeous.
Mash a medium sized strawberry well and apply to damp skin.
Avocados are loaded with luxurious fats and oils, making them a perfect mask for dryer skin types. It moisturizes, replenishes and gives skin a healthy glow.
Mash a small amount of avocado and apply to damp skin.
For even more fun, try combining these ingredients together to make your own unique mask creation.
Some lovely combinations to try:
Oatmeal, yogurt and honey
Pineapple and papaya
Honey and kelp
Avocado and egg yolk
Strawberry and yogurt