I consider homemade face masks as a revelation, which I’ve been treating myself with for some time now. Some time ago I decided to do something for myself, something that is highly recommended by blogosphere and which, in my view, would be a big bow taken towards skin regeneration. I decide to go for – as some people call it – face mask marathon. This is simple: every day (for 7 days), at bedtime, you apply a face mask and then you can’t recognize your skin because it’s so beautiful, youthful-looking and perfect 🙂
Since store-bought facial masks happen to be doubtful in terms of the constituents they are made from, I prefer using the homemade ones. Today, I’m going to give you 7 incredibly effective face masks – each one for one day of the week. Are you ready for face mask marathon?
This is worthwhile: What makes using face masks beneficial?
It’s obvious that face masks deliver stronger effects than regular face creams, and the effects are provided almost overnight. To be honest, it’s hard for me to find any other store-bought skincare product that I could compare with a DIY face mask. Basically, this type of homemade cosmetic is able to deliver similar effects to these professional in-salon treatments.
Face masks need less than a half-hour to freshen skin up, improve its appearance, smooth out and eliminate fatigue from face. Additionally, they supply skin with various essential nutrients that it needs to remain strong and flawless.
Why do I consider DIY face masks as the best?
This is simpler than you think it is. Homemade face masks are all-natural, free from any harmful and controversial synthetic substances (i.g. preservatives which doesn’t have any positive effect on skin). Moreover, you are the manufacturer of DIY face mask so you are entirely responsible for the ‘production’ process, which means that you have the control over the quality of ingredients used in creating your own skincare product.
How to prepare skin for face mask?
If you want to help a face mask work better, you must get your skin ready for this godsend. By saying this I mean that you have to cleanse your skin as thoroughly as you possibly can. Of course, you have to remove makeup, impurities and other toxins. I’d recommend you making use of either OCM, which depends on cleansing face with natural oils, or natural face scrub to help you slough off dead skin cells.
Owing to OCM, skin pores are getting unclogged and the message given during the procedure increases the microcirculation so the absorption rate of skin also increases. This means that the nutrients you are about to supply your skin with will be absorbed faster and deeper. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Golden rules of using face masks
- The best time for applying face mask is evening, somewhere around 6:00 and 7:00 PM.
- Apply it only to thoroughly cleansed face.
- When you remove face mask, you must follow with a face toner and a matching face cream.
7 best homemade face masks
My Dear Readers, below you will find my best of the best, which are the recipes for the finest face masks for all days of the week 🙂 Voila!
1. Cucumber face mask: The all-time classic
- 1 cucumber,
- half teaspoon avocado or argan oil.
The evergreen face mask that is unrivaled. This is the world’s simplest two-ingredient face masks that delivers stunning effects to skin. Cucumber revives skin, erases the signs of fatigue, reduces puffiness, evens skin tone, brightens up face, replenishes skin with water and leaves skin smooth.
When combined with natural oil it gains more power, which translates into delivering stronger effects: more nourishment, better protection (including an anti-ageing effect). Grate one cucumber and remove the juice (you can use it as a face toner later). Combine the green pulp with 1/2 teaspoon of avocado or argan oil. Let the face mask sit for 15 minutes. Rinse.
2. Yeast face mask
- 20 gram yeast,
- 2-3 spoons natural yogurt,
- a teaspoon of jojoba oil (make sure that the oil you use is high-quality; I recommend using Nanoil).
Yeast… these inconspicuous, yet marvelous… they have all the nutrients in the world! It turns out that yeast have plenty of vitamin B, proteins and elements such as: phosphate, zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium and chromium. This is a miracle worker for fatigued and dull skin that is prone to blemishes. Jojoba oil improves the appearance of skin, restores its good state, reduces sebum production. When it comes to yogurt, it moisturizes, brightens skin up and balances its pH. Of course, mix the ingredients, spread the mixture on your face and rinse after 15-20 minutes.
3. Aloe, honey and avocado face mask
- 2-3 spoons honey,
- 1 spoon aloe juice,
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil.
Combine the ingredients thoroughly. Let the face mask sit on the skin for 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Aloe is another timeless hit in skincare. If you don’t have aloe juice close at hand, you can make use of aloe gel (I recommend you using Holika Holika).
This face mask soothes and freshens skin up, revitalizes and replenishes skin with water. When treated with this mask, skin becomes more elastic and nourished, which is mainly owed to avocado oil. Honey in turn is antiseptic, detoxifies skin and erases various skin blemishes. This face mask is perfectly suitable for all skin types, mainly for dry, dull face or mature skin with imperfections.
4. Potato face mask with jojoba/almond oil
- 1 raw potato,
- 1 teaspoon jojoba/almond oil.
Grate the potato, remove the excess water and combine the potato with one of the oils. Let it sit on your face for 15 minutes. Potato removes fatigue and puffiness from your face, lightens the complexion up, and when used regularly, it will get rid of pigmentation marks. Did you know that jojoba oil is a one-of-a-kind oil that contains squalene (an organic compound occurring in human sebum)? It deals with seborrhea and maintains hydration in skin. You can apply potato face mask even to under eye skin – this will help you get rid of dark circles and puffiness.
5. Egg white face mask
- 2 egg whites,
- half spoon argan oil.
Beat the egg whites until stiff and combine with argan oil. Apply to face and remove after 15 minutes. You can expect this face mask to firm your skin up and rejuvenate it. Egg white reduces wrinkles, moisturizes and freshens skin up. Basically, if you would add an extra rejuvenating kick – add a few drops of vitamin E.
6. Honey and milk face mask
- 2 spoons honey,
- 3 teaspoons milk,
- 1 teaspoon almond oil.
Combine the ingredients and apply to face (15-20 minutes and rinse). I do my best to apply a natural oil to every face mask I use. In my view, this is one of the essential constituents of advanced skincare treatments and I simply can’t imagine that I might run out of. When it comes to honey, it’s really powerful: it helps skin heal itself and reduces inflammations. This makes it a perfect agent to combat skin imperfections. Also, honey is able to prevent irritations and sunburns. Almond oil is able to nourish skin, makes it more supple and supplies skin with precious fatty acids. At the same time, this oil is incredibly gently and perfectly suitable for all skin types. Last but not least – milk. It’s responsible for moisturizing skin and dealing with fine lines.
7. Apple face mask
- 1 apple,
- 1 spoon flour (potato, corn or rice),
- a few drops lemon juice,
- a half teaspoon jojoba oil (or other natural oil).
Grate the apple, mix with the flour, add a few drops of lemon juice and jojoba oil. Let the mask sit on your face and neck for 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
I guess this is my favorite face mask since it improves the appearance of skin in a flash, balances skin’s pH, highlights discolorations and fights off wrinkles. Additionally, it deals with excess sebum. In general, apples combat premature ageing. Lemon makes face skin brighter and evens out its tone. And finally, as you probably know it, there is no better substance to rejuvenate face skin than natural oils.
Let me assure you that just a week of such face-mask-therapy is all you need to get prettier and healthier skin that restores its suppleness and firmness. In general, you will see how acne and other blemishes vanish from your face for good.
Tell me if you have ever used any of the masks I listed above. Perhaps you decided to ‘run’ this marathon? 🙂 What are your favorite face oils? Where do you buy them? Can you leave a recipe your favourite face mask in the comments?