Facial masks to watch out for

The Community lists nine homemade facial masks that work wonder for your skin! Forget spending time and money at your local spa. The secret to great skin is as close as your kitchen!
The Community By The Community report
Published on November 15, 2014
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Yes, you heard it right — fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, yogurt, honey and eggs have been used for centuries as homemade beauty remedies. They are fun to experiment with you will land up with tighter, toned, hydrated and well-nourished skin! Therefore, pamper yourself with some simple, homemade facial masks to heal your blemishes, draw out impurities and rejuvenate your face!

Go bananas
Who needs Botox when you have bananas? That’s right: You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade facial mask that moisturizes and exfoliates your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. It also smoothens cracked heels and reduces puffy eyes.

Recipe:
Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana and make it into a smooth paste; then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Another popular mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 medium banana.

Strawberry love
Strawberries are antioxidants that act as an astringent. Hence, a strawberry facial mask will not only prevent the signs of aging but also clean dead cells. The vitamin C in strawberries minimises wrinkles and fine lines too, while the presence of Omega 3 fatty acids help give a shine to the skin. Moreover, strawberries are loaded with salicylic acid, which minimises the occurrence of acne and reduces scars.

Recipe:
Take a bowl of fresh strawberries and mash them up. Add yoghurt and blend it well with the strawberries. Now apply this mask over your face and neck and leave it for around 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

Grapes for you
Grapes in particular can help combat skin problems like acne, wrinkles, etc. The fruit’s seeds help strengthen blood vessels and enhance skin’s elasticity. This keeps your face looking youthful. Grape seed oil is rich in moisturising content and also provides vitamin C and E to the skin. This prevents dryness.

Recipe:
Mash up a cup of grapes and apply onto your face. Leave on till it dries off. Wash thoroughly.

Rejuvenating papayas
Papaya is a beta carotene rich food which is filled with powerful enzymes and phytochemicals that are good for skin. The enzymes in papaya combat free radicals, thereby slowing fine line and wrinkle formation. The secret beauty nutrient in papaya is papain, which is an enzyme that has skin lightening properties which help fade blemishes, acne scars as well as lighten skin tones. Together with alpha hydroxy acids, papain acts as a gentle exfoliator which helps dissolve inactive protein and dead cells at the top layer of skin.

Recipe:
Take a ripe papaya and scoop out the pulp. Massage it on to your damp skin for 15-20 minutes and wash it off.

Green avocados
Avocado helps maintain the integrity of membranes that surround skin cells thus reducing inflammation associated with acne, eczema and psoriasis. Vitamin A in avocados is essential for new cell division and slows down the aging process, thereby reducing wrinkles. Avocado is also a good source of Vitamin E and C, which act as antioxidants and protects skin cells against free radicals. Vitamin C also helps build collagen, which keeps your skin strong and elastic. Avocado oil is not only edible, but is also used for natural skin care. Due to its chemical properties and its ability to retain water, avocado oil acts as an emollient and promotes soft and supple tissue. This oil is high in sterolin, and studies show that sterolin reduces the occurrence of age spots while softening and soothing dry and itchy skin.

Recipe:
Mash an Avocado with a fork or in a mixer. Dissolve honey in water and add it to the fruit. Gently put the mask on your face, avoiding the areas near your eyes and mouth. Keep it on for 10 minutes and then wash off.

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