Face masks!

Nothing makes you feel more pampered than steam, hot soaks and and a facial.

The best place to apply any facial is in the bath, where you needn’t worry about drips and interruptions. The steam will also open the pores to release impurities missed during cleansing.

Oatmeal and Honey Mask



Mix either raw or cooked oatmeal with honey to make it sticky. Apply to face and neck, leave for twenty minutes and rinse off with warm water. This will tone oily skin, refine the texture of the pores, and gently lift a face that’s in general poor condition, especially after illness or depression.

Moisturising Mask:

Blend until smooth 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1/2 soft ripe avocado (peeled) and 1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt. Use a circular motion, carefully avoiding eyes, massage mask evenly on to your face. Leave on for 3-5 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Honey Mask:

Honey is full of natural goodness and is excellent for your skin. Massage honey into your skin, and keep adding more and patting it on till your face feels very tacky. Rinse it off, and your skin will look fresh and glowing. Honey is an antiseptic, hydrating and cleanses the pores. However, if you’re prone to odd pimples, don’t use this before a big night – sometimes its ability to suck impurities out of the skin means you may get a zit.

Egg Mask:

Beat one egg and apply to face and neck nourishing mask.

Avocado-Honey Mask:

Mash up 2 tablespoons avocado, mix with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 egg yolk. A very rich mask.

Stimulating Mask:

Mash 1/2 ripe papaya, skinned and seeded, in a bowl. Stir in 1 egg white, beaten and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply mask evenly to your face and neck, taking care to not get too close to your eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes.

Prune Porridge:

Although this mask sounds terrible and looks pretty disgusting, it is very soothing and good for a face tormented by sore under the skin pimples. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over 2 dried prunes in a bowl and leave until soft. Mash prunes. Use any leftover prune water in cooking about 1/2 cup oatmeal. Mix oatmeal with mashed prunes and enough honey to make a sticky mash that will stick to the face. Apply while still warm (but not hot), leave 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Yoghurt Mask:

Use natural, unflavoured yoghurt; add honey and/or oatmeal if you like. The gentle acids in the yoghurt are very good to help restore the natural acid balance of the skin.

Clay Mask:

Combine 2 teaspoons of yoghurt, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of cosmetic clay (available in most health stores). Mix well. Apply evenly to your face and leave on for 15 minutes, rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry.

Creamy Green Mask:

This mask feels fabulous and helpps to cleanse and hydrate the skin as well as acting as a mild exfoliant as well as a mask. Mash 1 tablespoon ripe avocado, add 1/2 tsp honey and mix. Stir in a little almond meal until the whole thing is of a pleasant creamy consistency. Apply to clean skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water, massaging gently as you remove to exfoliate the skin.

Salad Mask:

Take some lettuce, cucumber, tomato and avocado – exact quantities don’t matter – and puree them until they become a liquid. Add a little dollop of mayonnaise and then mix with enough oatmeal or almond meal to make the mixture stiff enough to stay on your face. This makes a great mask for those hot summer days when salad is all you have in the fridge! It’s soothing, cooling and moisturising all at once.

Fruit Mask:

You can make masks from mashed fruit pulp, alone or mixed with oatmeal and/or honey till you get the right consistency.

Some good fruit to try:

Tomato:

astringent and a good blackhead remover. Pulp it up and mix with oatmeal, or slice and lay on the face on its own.

Apple:

grate an apple and mix with honey to make a mask that soothes and heals acne, and makes your skin look great.

Strawberry:

a good oily skin mask. Pulp it up, smear it on the face, wash off. Makes the skin look soft and fine. A good use for over-ripe or bruised berries.

Avocado:

use as a moisturising mask.

Banana:

also a moisturiser.

Carrot:

Grate a carrot, add honey, use as a facial for oily skin. Or you can mash up a cooked one.

Peach:

A nice, good-smelling mask for dry or normal skin.

Cucumber:

On its own, is cleansing, astringent and cooling during hot weather. Juice a cucumber and wipe the juice over the face. It will reduce shine and the appearance of wrinkles.

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