Natural Beauty Recipes: Face Masks & Scrubs
Before I get into the specific recipes I'm going to walk you through the major ingredients and what their healing properties are so you can experiment with your own masks and scrubs and such to come up with something perfect for your skin.
It should be noted that while these various ingredients do contain vitamins and minerals that I will outline here, most and a majority of them cannot be absorbed by your skin, so expect the specific results from vitamins and minerals to be minimal. To get the full effect of the nutrients described, you should consume the ingredient.
The part of these ingredients that will affect your skin the most will be either oils (moisturizing) or acids (drying).
So if you don't want to read through all of that before getting to the recipes, just scroll past the raw ingredients to the skin type issues and recipes!
The go-to moisturizer for facial masks and skin. You can eat avocados for their skin benefits as well, though it is most direct and therapeutic to use it as a mask. Avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit, and while to get the majority of that benefit I suggest eating one instead of putting it on your face, putting one on your face can't hurt, either.
Vitamin C is good for the formation of collagen.
Folate is a vitamin that directly affects the production of your skin cells, as well as the general functioning of nerves.
Recommended for: masks
A less known moisturizing base for a mask. If your dryness is more temporary or seasonal, bananas are probably a better choice as the base of your mask than avocados. Like avocados, bananas are packed with vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
Vitamin B6 is used in over 100 different enzyme systems in your body.
Vitamin C helps your skin form collagen, which promotes its elasticity.
Recommended for: masks
If you're going to use this in a mask, use it sparingly and as a drying agent only. There is a mask recipe called the "burning mask" that suggests the burning sensation from cinnamon is a good thing. The burn is an indication that you could be experiencing a chemical burn... which is the polar opposite of that, and will only result in a rash all over your face. There is a chance your skin will have an allergic reaction, so please, try it in a small location before dousing it all over your face.
Cinnamon can help dry out oily faces, and even help with acne problems. Start with small amounts in your scrub or mask, analyze your results and add more until it either irritates you, or helps your acne.
Cinnamon contains a ton of maganese, which is a necessary enzyme for a process that helps your skin aid itself in UV protection, as well as the formation of collagen.
Ironically, a manganese-depleted diet can cause reversible red, itchy rashes on the skin.
Recommended for: either
Their structure and texture, unfortunately, doesn't really make incorporating them into a mask or scrub easy.
Even still, if you're not into the pasty masks or having to scrub your face, you can always chop one of these up and drape it over your face for a simple refreshing mask on any type of skin.
Cucumbers are high in vitamin C, manganese and magnesium.
Magnesium is vital to the maintenance of the nervous system.
Grapefruit (Any Citrus)
The citric acid in grapefruits and other citrus is good for exfoliation, and packed with vitamin C to boost that collagen that keeps getting mentioned as well as vitamin A for cell regrowth and maintenance.
Though citric acid, being an acid, can dry your skin, cause acid burns and should be used sparingly, in small amounts at first then gradually added until the desired results are achieved.
Replacement Fruits with similar effects and nutrients: strawberries, tomatoes, peaches
Recommended for: scrubs
This excellent and ancient moisturizer also contains mild healing properties for minor injuries and skin conditions as an antibiotic. Use honey as the base of your moisturizing mask.
Honey is standardly added by teaspoons or tablespoons. Teaspoons if your needs are healing and tablespoons if your needs are moisturizing.
Recommended for: masks
Raw egg, while a powerhouse of nutrients that is wonderful for your skin, should be handled with care. Do not store an egg-based mask or scrub for re-use.
Eggs contain choline: a backbone nutrient for a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is vital for the communication of your cells all across your nervous system, by telling your muscles to contract, from your heart to your intestines, and even on your skin.
Choline is also vital for the building of the cell membranes.
Eggs also contain a nutrient called biotin that promotes the growth of healthy fat in the skin. Biotin deficiency can cause skin rashes.
The best form is pasteurized, of course, and whole. But powdered milk works just as well, if not easier because you can make it thicker and thus easier to use as a mask. Spreading liquid all over your face is kinda difficult. Goat's milk and almond are closest to the natural pH of most human skin so if you're worried about acidity or if you're a vegan, you have options too!
Milk contains an abundance of lactic acid, that acts as a mild version of salicylic acid and is what leaves your skin that refreshed feeling. It also contains potassium, which is vital for your body to rebuild proteins and transmission nerve impulses.
Other skin-relevant vitamins that milk contains are:
Vitamin A: skin cell development
Vitamin E: normal nerve development and skin cell protection
Vitamin C: formation of collagen
A standard measurement for milk masks is 1/4 cup (powdered or liquid).
Recommended for: either
Oils (various types)
The backbone of any moisturizing mask, and one of the two main ingredients for a scrub. The various types are only different in their particular vitamins and nutrients, which derive from the particular fruit or nut they are extracted from.
Almond: Rich in biotin, manganese, magnesium
Coconut: B-vitamins, magnesium
Olive: B-vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium
Salt or Sugar
One of the two main ingredients in a facial scrub is an exfoliator: an ingredient to remove dead skin, flakes and dry patches. Many facial exfoliators bought in stores are plastic beads.
Salt is a more abrasive exfoliator and is probably better suited for the soles of calloused feet than your face. Though if you suffer from chronic dryness and flakiness, salt may be the right choice for you.
Sugar is less abrasive. If you're not sure how your skin will react to salt, refined sugar is a good place to start.
What Sort of Issue are you trying to balance?
Issue: Dry Skin
If your face feels tight, especially after washing, you probably have dry skin. Other indicators include flakiness and tiny pores.
Skin dryness is caused by a lack of moisture in the deep layers of skin. Too much sun and other external heat factors contribute to skin dryness as well. Avocado is one of the best ways to remedy this, as it is naturally moisturizing.
Regular application is important to regulate or fix the dry-skin issue. Depending on the severity of your dryness, you might choose to use the mask multiple times a week or a few times a month. Also, remember that depending on your hormones, the seasons, and many other factors, your skin conditions may change.
To remedy your dry skin you're going to have to construct a balance of moisturizing masks, to heal the deep layers of dryness, and an exfoliating scrub, to get rid of the flakiness and tight skin.
Here are a few recipes you can choose from, or use as a base for your experimenting:
1. Avocado and Honey
1/2 a ripe avocado
1/4 cup of honey
Stir the avocado until it is creamy, then pour in and mix the honey. Spread over your face, let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and a soft washcloth. You could also replace the avocado with a banana or a peach.
This mask is one of my personal favorites. I've been battling dry skin on my face for my whole life and use this mask once I notice my skin feeling tight or getting flaky and boom, all better and it leaves my skin soft and smooth.
2. Banana and Yogurt
1 medium ripe banana
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp honey
Mash the banana first then add yogurt and honey. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse with cool water.
3. Basic Milk Mask
1/4 cup powdered milk
Add enough water to form a thick paste that will rest on your face and wait until it dries completely. Rinse with warm water and feel the refreshment!
1. Sugar and Coconut Oil
1 part sugar
2 parts coconut oil
I use this scrub after washing my face to exfoliate and moisturize and can't recommend it highly enough. I don't let it sit on my face, I just scrub and rinse. It's a very gentle exfoliation, which works on dry, flaky skin without drying out the skin.
2. Avocado and Oats
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of honey
1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal flakes
This combines the exfoliating aspects with moisturizing ones for a combined result if you do not want to use your own, alternative exfoliating mask.
Blend the 3 ingredients together and after you apply it to your face, let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Issue: Oily Skin
If your skin is shiny, or constantly breaking out with pussy, wet acne, you probably suffer from oily skin. You want acidic and other drying ingredients for your masks. The trick for a good, effective mask that will cure your oily skin is to balance the oil without causing chronic dryness in the deeper layers. Combine an acidic ingredient with a moisturizer.
1. Cucumber & Egg
1 egg white
1 tbsp cucumber juice
1 tspn lemon juice
1/2 tbsp clay or flour
2. Honey & Lemon
1 part honey
.5 part lemon juice
Mix together, do not leave on the skin for very long as it may cause chemical burns or be too acidic for your skin.
3. Strawberry & Lemon
1 part mashed strawberry
.5 part lemon juice
This mask is very acidic, but is also exfoliating and tightening. You may add a moisturizing ingredient to it if you wish.
aloe vera gel
tea tree oil