12. Avo and Honey face mask
Avo or avocado is not just a wonderfully tasty snack or topping for a pizza or as part of a great salad mix. But it is also incredibly good for your skin, completion and adds that healthy glow that we all want to our faces.
If you use a combination of avocado with honey it will help to hydrate and smooth your skin and neck. Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins, and power-packed with antioxidants. Honey, on the other hand, has amazing skin-saving properties. It’s a natural antibacterial, so it is great for pimples or acned skin. When it comes to aging skins, honey is a great “brake” as it slows the entire process down. It also works well as a complexion booster and is both nourishing and soothing to your skin.
So what will you need to make an avocado mask?
- A small bowl
- 4 tablespoons of natural Honey
- 1 ripe Avocado (even an overripe one will do – don’t throw it out – throw it on your face and neck I say.
Cut open the avocado and scoop out the contents (throwing the pip away) into a small ball. Then take a fork and mash them into a smooth pulp. Once you have done this add your 4 tablespoons of natural honey. Blend well until you have a smooth paste-like consistency. If you have more than one overripe Avo then use that too and double up on the amount of honey. What you have left over can be placed in a jar, sealed and kept in the fridge for you to use later in the week.
Using your fingers gently apply the paste to your neck and face, remember to avoid your eyes. Gently massage the paste into your skin. You will already feel the soothing begin as you gently do this. Leave the avocado and honey mask on your face for about 20 minutes. During these twenty minutes just relax and read a few pages of your book or close your eyes and listen to music. After 20 minutes, gently wash your face with warmish water, towel dry and look in the mirror and smile. You can repeat this mask treatment at least twice a week.
13. Banana face mask
Bananas are known as “a meal in a peel” but now it has now been discovered that bananas also make the most astounding face mask. Bananas are packed with potassium, moisture, vitamins A and C. All of these promote clear and healthy skin. Not only does it serve as an incredibly natural and healthy moisturizer that serves to completely hydrate your skin, but it also leaves it soft and silky smooth to the touch.
What you will need
- A small bowl
- A ripe or even overripe banana
- A fork
Peel the skin off the banana and break it into pieces into your bowl. Take you fork and gently mash the banana into a mushy pulp. That’s it. Using your fingers to scoop out some of the pulp from the bowl gently start massaging it into your neck and face. Try avoiding your eyes, please. When things get into your eyes they burn. This is supposed to be a relaxing and healthy treat for you.
Once you have completely covered your face and neck. Sit down. Put your feet up. Close your eyes and just be still for a while. If you cannot sit in silence for twenty minutes – that’s how long you need to leave the banana mask on your face. The go make a cup of tea or take a walk around the garden.
After 20 minutes, gently and with a slightly warm water rinse the banana mask off your face. Then gently pat dry your face with a soft towel. Your skin will be clean, glowing and silky smooth and so soft to the touch. You can do this banana mask at least once or twice a week.
14. Cucumber, Honey and Yogurt facial mask
If you have really dry skin or have been out in the sun and outdoors for a while, you will have been exposed to moisture sapping UV rays and all those other awful free radicals like smog, smoke and exhaust fumes. Your skin is going to feel like it was dragged through the desert on a blistering hot day. If you want a mask that will hydrate and literally bring the life and luster back to your skin then a cucumber, honey and yogurt mask will do the trick.
What you will need
- 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of pureed cucumber (it’s like a slice or two that you just quickly toss into your blender – if you don’t have one, just mush it up with a fork.
- A small bowl
Peel the cucumber pieces and slice into small pieces. Put these in the blender or just mush them up with a fork. Then stir in the tablespoon of honey followed by the tablespoon of yogurt. Now I know this sounds super delicious. It is not for eating but for smoothing onto your skin.
Once you have your mixture all blended. Gently apply to your neck and face and avoid your eyes, please. Allow the mask to dry completely (it usually dries in about 10 to 15 minutes). Once dry. Gently wash off with slightly warm water. Gently dry your face with a soft towel. Stand back and look at the difference in your skin. It’s glowing and has been completely hydrated and moisture restored to it. This is a really easy mask to make at least once or twice a week. It will keep your skin moist and supple and look good.
15. Salt and honey facial scrub
Whilst this is theoretically not a face mask, but more of a facial scrub I am going to share it with you. If you leave it on your face for a few minutes it goes from a scrub to a facial mask.
The really cool thing about this facial scrub/mask is that you can make a fair amount of it at a time and share it as gifts with your friends and family. Whilst the two ingredients are so simple, please do not be fooled by its simplicity. They both are really incredibly powerful skin enhances.
Honey is a natural healer and is loaded with antioxidants. It’s a fantastic moisturizer and skin soother, and these are just a few of its benefits. You can do a quick online search and be amazed by how fantastic it really is. Salt, on the other hand, is much an often ignore skin element. Have you ever noticed that when you have spent hours in the sea salt water your skin is never pruned or wrinkled? That’s because salt actually helps your skin retain its moisture. Salt is loaded with magnesium which helps reduce water retention (like bloating or puffiness) in your body.
What you will need
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup salt
- For fragrance, you can add in a drop or four of essential oil
Add all the ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Apply evenly to your face and neck and gently massage in circular motions for about 5 minutes. Then leave for a further 5 minutes. Wash of thoroughly and dry your face. Just have a look at how radiant your skin looks.