Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Best at Home Facial Masks

Sometimes your skin needs more than good food and R&R to get that “glowing” look; while most people pay tons of money for a decent facial (including mask), some of the best facial masks can be done right at home. Whether your skin is oily, dry, red, splotchy or just plain irritated, we have some quick solutions for your facial needs.

The best remedy for redness is a cucumber aloe facial mask which gives you a twofold response: soothe and moisturize. Place a saturated paper mask over your face, let sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. A little word of advice, do not overdue how often you use masks; once a week is plenty. (Psst – Target sells these nifty cucumber aloe paper facial masks for only $2…you’re welcome!)

Feeling dry and lifeless? A hit of hydration is all your face needs and a simple avocado and a shot of honey will do the trick. Take half an avocado and ¼ cup of honey, mash the avocado into a pulp, pour the honey in, apply to face and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse face with a cool washcloth.

Is your face saying “I need to look young again!,” then a fine line facial mask is what you’re looking for. Guess what? You can use the other ½ of the avocado for this recipe! Mash up the avocado, mix in one egg yolk and 1 tablespoon honey and apply to face, neck and shoulders. Wait 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.

No ‘zit’ Sherlock – we all hate breakouts and one way to stop disaster is with seaweed and tea tree oil. While Bliss makes this breakout-busting rubberizing mask that lifts out dirt, prevents future breakouts and reduces inflammation for $38, we favor some of the at home recipes listed hereEither way, you’re getting more bang for your buck.

For those of you who have sensitive skin, gentle creams with additional frothing action and the power of green tea can leave your skin moisturized, clear, and clean. Or, you can go the floral route and toss 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon rose water, 2 drops lavender essential oil, 2-3 inches of a medium cucumber into a blender, apply to face for 15 minutes and rinse with tepid water.

Don’t let this season get the best of your skin, or the best of you! Take notice of what your skin responds to best and stick with it.

Much Love,
Debbie Schade 

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