Sunday, May 19, 2013

DIY Face Mask

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, finding the time to take care of oneself can sometimes be a challenge. However, taking the time to enjoy time to oneself is critical for stress relief and peace of mind. While spa treatments are generally quite costly, many of the services and products they offer can be recreated right at home. Today i am going to share with you simple instructions for how to create spa-worthy skin treatments at home using basic pantry ingredients.


DIY Face Mask Ingredients
The best homemade, deep cleaning and moisturizing masks will usually contain an item that exfoliates skin and an item that softens it. Exfoliating facial masks are essential in improving skin's texture and appearance. Exfoliating items scrub off dead skin cells, allowing naturally radiant and smooth skin underneath to be showcased. Spas even use basic pantry ingredients most times to concoct their masks. Natural, exfoliating mask components that will treat dry, flaky skin include sugar, salt, oats, baking soda, and more. To add balance to the exfoliating components of the mask, a moisturizing ingredient is needed. Natural moisturizing mask ingredients include bananas, avocados, plain yogurt, honey, coconut oil, olive oil, tea, water, and more. Different skin types will respond differently to various ingredients, so experimentation is key in determining which items work best.

DIY Face Mask Recipe for Smooth, Radiant Skin
Below, is a recipe for a mask that works well with all skin types and offers the same serene feeling as fancy spa masks.
• ½ cup ground oats
• 1/4 cup ground coffee
• 1 medium-sized banana
• 1 small, ripe avocado
• 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
• 1 teaspoon honey

Mask Instructions
To create this mask, begin by grinding 1/2 cup of oatmeal in a food processor or blender. If not using ground coffee, also grind up the coffee beans to produce 1/4 cup. Add the ground oats and coffee to a bowl and set it aside. Next, mash up the banana in a separate bowl. Then, add the plain yogurt and honey in with the banana and mix it all together until it forms a strong consistency. Finally, add the ground oats and coffee until the mixture is fully blended. Now that everything is mixed together, apply the mask evenly to face and neck. For optimal results, make sure the skin is slightly damp before applying the mask. Allow the mask to sit for about 20 minutes to fully receive the benefits of each natural exfoliant and moisturizer. After 20 minutes, rinse well with warm water, gently pat dry, and apply facial moisturizing cream.

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