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10 One-Ingredient DIY Face Masks

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

  1. Cleanse and exfoliate skin.
  2. Apply the masks as noted below and leave on for 20 minutes.
  3. Gently remove the mask with a warm, damp cloth, followed by rinsing with warm water.
  4. 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.

2. Yogurt

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. 

3. Oatmeal

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.

4. Spirulina

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.

5. Kelp

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. 

7. Banana

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.

8. Papaya 

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.

9. Strawberry

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.

10. Avocado

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

5 Ways to Love: Kelp

Kelp is a beautiful skin care ally both internally and externally. It is loaded with minerals, nourishing inside and out, while offering a mucilaginous (I love that word) loveliness that hydrates and soothes the skin. It can readily be found in its powdered form at your local natural foods store or online at herb suppliers such as Mountain Rose Herbs.

Just the aroma of kelp makes you feel like a mermaid frolicking in the ocean. I find myself opening a jar of it just for a sniff. It's great ocean aromatherapy for those of us who live near freshwater.

Here are 5 easy ways that you can incorporate  powdered kelp into your daily skin care:

PLEASE NOTE: You may want to avoid kelp if you have an iodine allergy or sensitivity. Please check with your doc. :)

1. A simple, skin moistening facial mask

Mix a teaspoon of powdered kelp with enough water to make a runny paste. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes to become mucilaginous. Apply to freshly cleansed and exfoliated skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. If it begins to dry, you can remoisten the mask with wet fingertips or a facial mist to reactivate its gooeyness. Remove with a warm, damp cloth and follow with your favorite toner, serum and moisturizer. This mask costs pennies and works infinitely better than many masks you can buy off-the-shelf.

2. A nourishing hair treatment

Just as kelp is great for your skin, it is also great for your scalp (which is really just the skin on your head). Double or triple the mask recipe above and apply to damp hair and scalp, massaging it in. Cover your head with a towel and relax for 30 minutes. Rinse out well with warm water, followed with a cool water rinse. Those with color treated or very light colored hair might want to test a patch first to make sure it doesn't affect hair color. I have blonde hair and it doesn't, but just in case :)

3. A boo boo healer

Take a pinch of kelp powder and mix with a few drops of water to make a paste. Use the paste on minor abrasions or skin irritations to soothe and help speed healing.

4. A relaxing ocean bath

Fill a muslin bag (or layered cheesecloth) with a large handful of powdered kelp and a large handful of sea salt. Toss it in a warm bath and soak your cares away.

5. A product "add-in"

Add sprinkles of kelp powder when using your current cleanser, exfoliant, body wash or body scrub to super charge your products with a hydrating boost.

Kelp powder can also be added to soups, stews or smoothies to get the internal nourishing benefits. Give kelp a try and rock your inner mermaid. <3

Do you already use kelp? How do you like to use it?