Natural Beauty Masks

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Nowadays, more and more beauty products include natural ingredients that can be found right in your kitchen. Instead of spending on expensive treatments, revive your skin using these age old “mascarilla” (facial mask) recipes.

Quenching Agua-cate Mask for Dry Skin
Vitamin E in honey helps sooth and heal dry skin. At the same time, the rich oils of the avocado restore your skin’s health. Try this hydrating mask for a moisture intensive treatment.
½ avocado
¼ cup of honey

Mash the avocado and honey in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a towel.

Na-just Breakfast Mask for Combination Skin
Oatmeal is great for cleansing your skin of impurities. It absorbs dirt and oil leaving it soft and smooth. Meanwhile, the vitamin A in bananas will help nourish and moisturize your skin. Use any time of the day for a glowing complexion.
¼ cup of oatmeal
½ banana

Cook the oatmeal as directed. Let it cool and mash with banana. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and it dry with a towel.

Tropical Smoothie for Oily Skin
Papaya is great for your skin because it’s rich in vitamins A and E which help nourish skin. It’s also good to use with yogurt which will moisturize your skin just enough without making it feel too oily. Treat yourself and your skin with this tasty recipe.
¼ cup of papaya
¼ cup of natural yogurt

Blend the papaya and yogurt to make a smooth paste and pour it in a small bowl. Apply the paste to your face for about 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and pat it dry with a towel .

Acne Red-ucing Mask
Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid, while tomatoes have vitamin A which can help prevent acne. Try using this red mask twice a month to reduce redness and unwanted pimples.
¼ cup of tomato
¼ cup of strawberries
1 tbs. of honey

Blend the tomato, strawberries and honey to make a chunky mix. Pour mix into a bowl and apply to entire face avoiding the eye and lip areas. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water and pat face dry with a towel.

Sweet Exfoliation
Exfoliating helps remove old, dead skin cells to reveal new, healthy looking skin. It also helps to remove dirt and prevent pore clogging that can cause pimples. An easy way to exfoliate your skin is by using sugar. You can also add a bit of lemon juice to help lighten your complexion. Use this recipe once a month to keep your skin naturally clean.
¼ cup of sugar
4 tbs. of lemon juice

Mix the lemon juice and sugar in a small bowl. Gently rub the mixture all over your face avoiding the eye and lip areas for about 2 or 3 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and pat it dry with a towel.

Soothing Potato Eye Mask
Try this mask to keep your eyes looking perky like you’ve had a full night’s sleep. The potato will sooth your eyes and reduce puffiness leaving you happy from head to toe.
1 small potato (shredded)
1 cup of cold chamomile tea.

Boil a tea bag of chamomile tea (or green tea) in 1 cup of water. After boiling add ice cubes to cool. Lay back and apply about a tablespoon of shredded potato on and around your eyelids. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the potato an rinse eyelids with cool chamomile tea. Pat your eyelids dry with a towel.

March 2011

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