Today I have my first ever guest post which is from the lovely people at Eco Market. They will tell you a little about some fab DIY face masks that are quick and easy to make and use at home.
1) Treating Dry Skin: Avocado, Coconut Oil & Honey
Avocado oil is a remarkably effective emmolient for the skin, and has been put
forward for patenting as a treatment for some forms of dermatitis. Combined
with coconut oil, a traditional heavy-duty, non-greasy moisturizer, and honey’s
anti-oxidant, anti-microbrial properties, and you have something your skin will
go nuts over. Try:
– Half a ripe avocado
– 2 tablespoons of honey
– Half a tablespoon of coconut oil
Mash/puree the avocado until it’s smooth and spreadable, blend with the
other ingredients, apply to your face and leave for at least 15 minutes.
2) Treating Acne: Strawberry
Salicylic acid is used to tackle skin flare-ups, from psoriasis to acne. You’ll
find it in a lot of anti-acne medication. You know what else has salicylic acne
in it? OK, yes, you do – the picture gave it away. Enough with the failed
suspense and on with the recipe!
– one-quarter of a cup of strawberries
– one-quarter of a cup of sour cream or non-flavoured yoghurt
Bring both to room temperature, blend until creamy, and apply!
3) Cleaning & Firming: Mud!
No need for a recipe here – our Eco Market vendors have done the work for
you. Check out the wide array of clay-based facial masks on offer, including
the BC Glacial Clay Mask from Maple Creek Soapworks, NaturalKiosk’s
Thermal Mud Mask and the Rhassoul Clay Face Mask from Ambre.
4) Rejuvinating: Papaya
The wrinkles on your face – sorry, I mean, the wrinkles on someone’s face
(not yours) originate from collagen and elasticin fibers. When these fibers
lose their tension, your skin sags. All praise the skin-tightening papaya! Its
unripened pulp contains an enzyme called papain which breaks down these
fibers, helping remove those wrinkles and smoothing the skin. Give it a go!
– Half a cup unripened papaya, diced
– 1 teaspoon plain yoghurt
– 1 teaspoon honey
Blend, smooth onto your face, wait for 8-10 minutes (you should feel a slight
tingling – perfectly normal). Moisturise – and then see how young you feel.
5) Soothing Sunburn: Oats
Oats can do a remarkable array of health-boosting things (hence their
4,000 year history of medical use) – but when it comes to sunburn, all you
need to know is that they’re anti-inflammatory, thanks to compounds called
aventhramides. If you’re suffering from overexposure to the sun, put your oats
to good use like this:
– One-quarter cup of oats
– One tablespoon of fresh tomato juice
– One tablespoon of aloe vera
– Half a cup of plain yoghurt
Cook the oats for five minutes, cool completely. Mix aloe vera & tomato juice
with yoghurt, and stir that mixture into the cooked oatmeal. You’re good to
apply! (Give it 15 minutes before you remove.)
Images: threelayercake, julien haler, Phil Whitehouse, Janine, S Diddy and
Thanks to Inhabitat, About.com, Whole Living and eHow for the recipes.
* This is a guest post by Eco Market
I hope you enjoyed reading the post from Eco Market and found it useful 🙂 Will you be trying any of these face masks? Do you ever make you own and have a recipe you would like to share?
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Oo I really like these recipes, I'll have to try making a couple! The avocado one looks great because I've been getting weird little patches of really dry, flaky skin.
Ooh, interesting! I love the idea of a strawberry and yogurt mask for my acne-prone skin. Gentle, but effective! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Great post! 🙂