Over the course of the centuries beauty standards have changed a lot – and they are still changing today as well. And yet, if there is only one thing that always stays the same is the idea that a beautiful skin is very important.
Since we are not all born with natural flawless skin (almost nobody is, actually), we have to make sure that we take care of our skin as well as possible. And yet, most of the people out there think that the cosmetic products that actually work cost a small fortune and not all of us can afford paying for them.
Thankfully though, things don’t have to be this way. In fact, there are many face products and face masks you can create at home for no money at all. They are fun, easy to make and, in most of the cases, you will already have the products you need to make them (and if you don’t, their price is more than affordable too).
Following, we have gathered some of the healthiest and most efficient face masks out there – so if you want to learn more about this, make sure to read on.
In this guide...
1. Strawberries for Acne Prone Skin
Strawberries are not only extremely delicious (and absolutely cute looking), they are also extremely healthy – and this includes your skin as well. Same as most of the cosmetic products created for acne-prone skin, strawberries contain salicylic acid – and this means that you can successfully use them for your face masks as well.
Your strawberry mask can be as simple as squashing the strawberries and applying them on your skin. Leave them for 10-15 minutes and then wash up. If you want a more complex face mask, mix strawberries with yogurt or with lemon as well (you can mix all the three of them too). Just make sure you mix well and that you use a yogurt as fat free as possible. Also, another version of this mask mixes strawberries, honey (a natural disinfectant) and brown sugar – so if you have these ingredients around your house, you can definitely use them.
2. Turmeric for Acne Prone Skin
Another ingredient you can successfully use in your acne prone skin is turmeric. This is a yellow spice encountered in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, but it is also a very good disinfectant as well. Mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric with 2 tablespoons of flour, with a bit of honey (just a few drops), with a few drops of lemon juice and with ¼ cup plain yogurt. Apply this mask on your skin and leave it there for 15-20 minutes, then wash off.
If your skin is not necessarily acne prone, but dry, you can use the same mask as well. However, instead of the yogurt and lemon juice, you should use olive oil, coconut oil or sweet almond oil (about 2 tablespoons should be more than enough). Keep in mind that both in the case of oily skin and in the case of dry skin, you should not try this mask if your skin is very fair. This works best with bronzed/olive-toned skins!
3. Clay for Oily Skin
Green clay has the amazing power of absorbing oils from our faces – and there are a lot of store-bought cosmetic products that include it in their list of ingredients. You can make a very cheap mask at home using green clay and water only. Simply mix some clay with water until you get a pasty consistency (clay comes in powdery form). Apply this mask, leave it for approximately 15 minutes and then wash off.
For those of you who have a mixed skin (both oily and dry), use milk instead of water to make this mask. Also, for those of you who have dry skin and want to achieve an in-depth cleaning, you can still use green clay – but combine it with a few drops of jojoba oil.
4. Avocado for a Nourishing Mask
Avocados are a true wonder of nature. Not only are they extremely delicious and not only can they be a very healthy alternative to butter, mayo and a variety of other products that contain lots of unhealthy fats – but they can be extremely healthy for your skin as well.
Simply smashing a ripe avocado and applying the paste to your face will nourish it , but if you want a more complex recipe, try to mix ½ avocado with about ¼ cup honey. Both of these ingredients will hydrate your skin and they will give it a truly special glow.
5. Avocado and Carrots
Going back to our green friend, the avocado, you should know that there are a lot of combinations you can make. If your skin is dry and aging, this avocado and carrot mask will definitely prove to be more than useful.
To make it, you will need the following ingredients: ½ ripe avocado, 1 carrot (peel it and stem it before), 1 tablespoon honey, ½ tablespoon olive oil (preferably of the virgin type), 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix all these ingredients, apply the mask on your face, leave it for about 15 minutes and then wash off.
6. Natural Scrub Mask
If you want to get rid of all the black pores and of all the impurities that gather up in your skin, this mask is the ideal solution. All you need is 1 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil (again, it is preferable to use the virgin type) and some brown sugar. Scrub this mixture on your face in circular movements for a few minutes, rinse off and then press a warm cloth unto your face.
If you don’t have any brown sugar around your house, coffee grounds can work just as fine. In fact, this coffee scrub can be used for the entire body and it is great for those of you who want to revitalize the skin on the body and who want to lower the effects of cellulite.
7. Yogurt Mask for Sensitive and Sunburnt Skin
We all know how terrible sunburns can be – and with the summer approaching, you will want to know you can make yourself a healthy face mask at home even if you don’t have a lot of money. For this mask, you only need 1 cup of yogurt and ½ cup of oatmeal (any yogurt and any oatmeal will do, but try to stick to the more organic, natural versions).
If you are applying this mask for sunburns, also make sure that your yogurt comes right from the refrigerator. Mix everything well and apply on your skin. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes and wash it off with a washcloth that was previously steamed in the microwave (however, make sure that it’s not too hot).
8. Vinegar Tonic
By now, you have probably learned that vinegar (in all its forms) is one of the most amazing products there is. It can be a great addition to a salad, sure, but aside from that, it can be a great cleaner, it can get you rid of the bad smells in the refrigerator and it can act as a great polisher for your tiles as well.
What you may not know is that it can be a great face tonic as well. Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup water and apply this solution on your face. Don’t wash it off – simply let it dry and soak into the pores (same as you would do with a store-brought tonic mask as well).
9. Lemon Mask
Lemons are known to be great revitalizers and full of vitamins – so why wouldn’t you use them on your skin as well? Mix the juice from a medium-sized lemon with a few drops of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Apply this mask on your face and massage it into the skin for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water. This mask will tone your skin and it will exfoliate it as well.
10. Papaya for a Smoother Skin
Same as its other exotic “friend”, the avocado, papaya is a very healthy and much appreciated product. It tastes great, it can be eaten in a variety of ways and it’s extremely healthy for the body (for example, the papaya pulp can help you get better digestion).
Papaya is also great for the skin too and you can create a very easy and efficient face mask by using nothing else than papaya. Cut a slice of this fruit and take out the seeds and the pulp (keep this for later if you want to eat it). Using your fingers, rub the papaya peel and apply this on your face, neck and hands (pay attention to those wrinkle-sensitive areas such as the crow’s feet).
Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse off. This mask will exfoliate the skin and it will make it look smoother as well. Also, it’s a great mask for sunburns too!