Nature has always provided us with products that are extremely useful in taking good care of our hair, skin and overall health. The beauty care products displayed on the shelves in salons, supermarkets and exclusive beauty care stores, utilize many of these ingredients and products to produce an amazing array of creams, lotions, gels and face masks.
Making your own facial skin care preparations, not only allows you to ignore a lot of the overpriced products on the rack, but also gives you the additional satisfaction of knowing the ingredients that go onto your skin. Try out these simple natural skin care treatments for your skin and feel the difference in smoothness of its texture, aptly complemented by a natural glow.
Natural Skin Care Treatments
Almond Cleansing Cream
To make an almond cleansing cream, take 100 ml of sweet almond oil, 25 grams of hydrous lanolin (this is available at the neighborhood chemist shop) and 25 grams of petroleum jelly. Melt the fats slowly in double boiler, remove from the heat and beat until cool.The natural oils of the almond help in retaining the softness of the skin by maintaining the moisture levels. Application of this cream as a cleansing agent will help you keep your face absolutely clean and dirt free.
Apricot Cleansing Cream
Take four tablespoons of apricot oil, two tablespoons of sesame seed oil, two tablespoons of butter and a tablespoon of distilled water. Blend all the ingredients to form a smooth paste. Store in the fridge, in an air tight glass container and use as a natural cleansing agent for a squeaky clean look.
Rose Water Infusion As Cleanser and Toner
A rosewater infusion makes a good cleanser in itself. You can also add some grounded almonds to the rosewater to make the consistency slightly thicker.
Rosewater can be used as a natural tonic for retaining the pH balance of the skin after the cleansing process. Two parts of rosewater mixed with one part of witch hazel oil also makes an excellent natural toner that can be used regularly for best results. Those with dryer complexions can increase the volume of rosewater in the cleansers and tonics.
Fresh Rosemary Tonic
If you want to prepare a mild skin toner at home, then simmer a bunch of fresh rosemary in 250 ml of distilled water for twenty minutes and add half a measure of brandy. Strain well and use generously after cleaning the skin with natural soaps or cleansers.
Face Masks for Rejuvenating the Facial Skin
For Oily Skin
Face masks are excellent solutions for bringing back the bloom to a dull complexion. There are several natural face masks that help arrest excessive oil secretions and keep the skin free from acne and other disorders. Mentioned below are some of the most popular natural recipes for home made face masks.
Tomato and Peppermint Face Mask
Peel the skin off two ripe tomatoes and cut them into quarters. Scoop out the seeds and place the contents in a mortar. Add one tablespoonful of peppermint leaves and half a tablespoon of dried yeast to the flesh of the tomatoes and pound into a fine paste. Add a dash of lemon juice and stir well to make a great face mask. Spread the mixture over your face, avoiding the eye area. The face mask should be left on for ten to fifteen minutes to dry naturally. Rinse off with water and pat dry with a soft face towel.
Strawberry and Yogurt Face Mask
Take 4-6 pieces of ripe strawberries and wash them properly. Put them in a mortar or liquidizer and blend into a fine paste. Add a tablespoon of yogurt and mix well. This smooth paste can be applied on the face as a natural face mask for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with water.
Avocado and Egg Face Mask
Thoroughly beat an egg white in a bowl. Mash half an avocado in a mortar or with a fork to get a soft pulp. Add a tablespoon of lime, the mashed avocado and the beaten egg in a blender and mix well. The face mask should be left on for fifteen to twenty minutes and then washed off to get a smooth and clear skin.
Cucumber and Oatmeal Face Mask
The ingredients in this natural face mask are a small piece of cucumber, a tablespoon of yogurt a bowl of oatmeal. Chop the cucumber piece finely and run it through a blender.
Add the oatmeal and the yogurt and blend into a smooth paste. This mixture can be applied on the face for ten minutes and then washed off with normal water. The cleansing properties of cucumber help in deep cleaning the pores and leaving behind a smooth and glowing skin.
For Dry Skin
Natural face masks for dry skin help in bringing back the necessary moisture levels and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dryness in the skin causes the skin to look pale, flaky and dull. Given below are some easy to use natural remedies for making face masks to bring the life back into your dry skin.
Almond Melon and Parsley Face Mask
Using a liquidizer or a mortar and pestle, blend one tablespoon of skinned almonds into a paste.Then add one tablespoonful of fresh parsley, two comfrey leaves, and a thin slice of melon and a tablespoon of honey. Blend again to form a smooth paste.This natural facemask should be applied sparingly on the face and washed off with warm water after 15-20 minutes.
Avocado and Jojoba Oil Face Mask
Take a ripe avocado and a teaspoon of jojoba oil. You may also use extra virgin or a teaspoon of almond oil in place of jojoba oil. Mash or blend half of the avocado with the essential oil and make it into a smooth paste. Apply the mixture on the face and leave on for ten minutes. Wipe off the mask with a thin muslin cloth and rinse off the last traces with warm water. This natural remedy helps in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the skin feeling incredibly smooth and soft to touch.