Saturday, December 09, 2006

Homemade Face Masks For Different Skin Types

Raid your pantry for natural ingredients to concoct soothing effective potions, that add new glow and sparkle to your skin. Any mask will leave your skin feeling softer, fresher and smoother. But if the mask feels tight and dry, then it is obvious that particular mask is drying for your skin. Masks which are drying should not be left on for too long, if you have dry skin. Drying effect can be removed by adding vegetable oil, egg yolk, honey, cream, banana and powdered whole milk.

Mayonnaise mask base - This is a starter for any mask. It contains basic good things that any skin will respond to. You can use it on its own or add things to it.

1- egg yolk
1 tsp - Vinegar

Here are some possible additions; honey and grated apple, oatmeal, mashed banana, mashed strawberries and pineapple.

Monsoon Face mask

1 tsp - Moong dal powder
1 tsp - Channa dal powder
1 tsp - Methi / fenugreek powder

Mix with rose water and make a paste. Wash your face with water first and dry it then apply this mask in a upward stroke. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash and clean with cold water.

To lighten your complexion -

1 tsp - Lime juice
1 tsp - Cucumber juice
1 tsp - Carrot juice

Mix and apply on the skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water.

Egg yolk mask

1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp oatmeal
1 tsp - Vegetable oil
1/2 tsp - Powdered starch
1/4 tsp - Honey
1/2 tsp - Powdered milk

Mix all the ingredients to a smooth paste and apply on the face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash the face with luke warm water, followed by a through splash with cold water.

Exfoliating toning mask - This mask is very good for neglected skin over- exposed to the sun. It has slight bleaching properties and egg white tightens the skin.

1 slice - Pineapple
1 raw egg white

Add a few drops of lemon juice. Blend these ingredients to a paste. If necessary thicken paste with powdered oat meal. Leave on for 20 minutes.

Dairy Mask - Yogurt and fresh or sour cream has valuable cosmetic properties, these can be mixed with honey, peach, banana, pear or grated apple to make excellent masks for drying skin.

Milk Powder Mask - Ideal for improving skin texture. Mix 2 tsp milk powder with little water to a paste and apply. For oily skin - Skim milk is best. For dry skin, use full cream milk, also 1 tsp vegetable oil can be added, if necessary.

Simple dry skin mask

1 egg yolk
2 tsp - Kaolin powder
1 tsp - Vegetable oil

Mix to paste and apply.

Anti- Wrinkle Mask - Egg white beaten to a froth is a very good temporary wrinkle lightener. More so if you add a pinch of alum to it.

For oily face - Scrap / grate one medium size carrot, mix with milk and egg white. Apply on the face.
Boil some neem leaves in water - steam your face. Then cool the neem water and use that to wash your face.

To remove black spots

1 ) Make a paste with white radish and buttermilk. Apply on the face.

For Wrinkles

1 ) Mix sandal wood powder, rose water, glycerin and apply on the face. Wash with cold water when done.

For all skins

Juice of one apple and one tablespoon milk, 1 tbsp fullers earth ( multani mithi ) - Mix and apply on the face.

Toner that can be used after steaming

Use half of a large cucumber, 4 tbs of chopped fresh mint leaves, 1 tbsp of camphor oil - Liquidise cucumber, add the other ingredients and apply on the face.

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