You do not have to break the bank in your pursuit for flawless skin. It’s hard to believe that all the essential ingredients for good skin care might just be in your kitchen. From treating enlarged pores to acne prone skin, here are some DIY masks that you can prepare to treat the most common skin afflictions.
Masks for Various Skin Problems
If you are suffering from dry skin, this mask could be your answer. The combination of shea butter and jojoba oil will leave your skin moisturised and hydrated. Shea butter is rich in essential fatty acids that do wonders to combat dryness and kickstarts collagen production in the skin. The reason why shea butter works really well to keep your skin moisturised can be attributed to having a similar compound to the sebaceous glands in the skin. Additionally it has properties that aid in accelerated wound healing and is even said to diminish the appearance of scars and stretch marks on the skin. Filled with vitamin A, shea butter is also responsible for alleviating a number of skin conditions, such as blemishes, wrinkles and eczema. Shea butter also has the ability to treat skin allergies, insect bites, relieve sunburns and even treat frostbites.
Jojoba oil is closely similar to the similar composition found in human sebum, which is produced by the skin glands. This makes it the perfect hydrating ingredient for the skin. It is also comprised of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins. These properties prevent premature ageing, keep skin glowing, and repair skin cells. It’s also extremely gentle on the skin and suitable for every type of skin.
Both of these ingredients work hand in hand to fight dryness and are mild enough to be suitable for various skin types and can used on the skin on a regular basis. Do take note that shea butter is derived from the shea nut, so if you have a nut allergy, be sure to test the product on a patch of skin, preferably on your arm, before slathering the mask on your face.
In contrast to dry skin, oily skin can leave skin vulnerable to acne breakouts and oiliness. Due to the excess skin oil produced in the pores, skin is left looking shiny, especially in the T-zone. Usually the sebum (natural oils produced by the skin) functions to keep our skin soft and supple, but if our skin produces this too much of this oil, it can lead to oily skin.
A mask to combat oily skin should consist of egg whites and oatmeal. Ensure that you are using organic ingredients, the last thing you would want is to create more problems for your skin. Rich in protein, egg whites are great ingredients in fighting the effects of premature ageing and wrinkles. Egg whites also tone and firm the skin, giving it a natural lift. Besides lifting saggy cheeks, egg whites contain astringent properties that work to tighten pores. People with oily skin usually have large pores, due to the amount of sebum secreted in the skin.
Organic oatmeal on the other hand absorbs excess oil, which leads to acne. Apart from stabilising the skin’s natural levels of moisture, oatmeal is rich in zinc, which alleviates inflammation and works to kill bacteria in the skin, keeping acne at bay. You can also use oatmeal as a scrub to remove impurities and dirt clogging your pores. Use this mask to achieve a clear and youthful appearance.
Besides dry and oily skin, dull skin is another skin condition something most, if not all of us would like to avoid. The mask, consisting of strawberries, organic plain yogurt, raw honey, will revitalise your skin and restores the skin’s natural radiant glow. Rich in vitamin C, strawberries are full of antioxidants. The red berries are also responsible for skin brightening and anti-aging benefits. Honey and yogurt nourish and hydrate the skin, keeping it healthy and supple.
You check the mirror one day and you gasp at the sight of prominent crow’s feet creeping its way out from the corner of your eyes. What do you do? Don’t worry, there is a mask for that as well. The humble yet very potent apricot mask consisting of apricots, warm water and raw honey
will do wonders to keep your skin looking young. Apricots are rich in vitamin A, which combats premature ageing and stimulates collagen production in the skin. Its powerful anti-aging properties reduces the appearance of fine lines. Raw honey also stalls signs of ageing and has antibacterial properties that prevent breakouts keeping skin clear and radiant. Honey gives the skin a healthy boost as well, keeping it moisturised and supple.
Know Your Skin
Before throwing or slathering on a mask, ensure that you are fully aware of your skin type. This will save you loads of time and energy when finding a solution for your skin conditions and problems. Knowledge is key in achieving your perfect complexion.