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5 Amazing DIY Face Masks and Natural Skin Care Remedies

Posted by LiveGlam
on Aug 18, 2016

DIY Face Masks LiveGlam

Taking care of your skin is one of the most important things you can do to improve the quality of your makeup and the overall healthiness of your appearance. Everything always circles back to skin health! It should be the first and last thing you think about EVERY DAY! (talk about a committed relationship). It may seem excessive, but when you start taking good care of your skin, you will notice an immediate, and awesome, difference.

So what we’ve got for you today is our recipe book for some amazing (and mostly inexpensive!) DIY face masks for a variety of skin types and problems. And I don’t know if it’s just me, but I genuinely enjoy going a bit mad scientist on my skincare routine. Making DIY face masks is a great way to learn about different elements of skincare and how the ingredients work together.


We’ll be showing you 5 masks in this post to address your various skin types and concerns! (Or if you’re already perfect and just wanna make a mess in the kitchen…) We have:

1. A charcoal mask to trap toxins and tighten those pores. 2. A honey moisture mask that revitalizes dry skin! 3. A brightening face mask using turmeric. Blast sunspots and discoloration. 4. An oil control mask to cut through the toughest grease. And 5. An Anti-Aging mask, because who doesn’t wanna be young and beautiful forever? (disclaimer– only works on face, Magic Mirror req’d for eternal youth.)

Stay tuned and read on if you would like to learn some natural remedies to life’s biggest problems! (that is, if you’re biggest problem is overlarge pores or grease-face… hey, you’re already ahead of the game!)


We’re gonna start by listing some ingredients that you may find in your pantry already, along with their beneficial properties! The ingredients that we’ll be using in our recipes will all be on this list, but feel free to experiment with new concoctions based on your own skin concerns.

Raw Ingredients

Calcium Bentonite Clay: vital minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, sodium, magnesium), silica (softens skin), detox and clarifies, antimicrobial (alkaline Ph ~8-9)

Activated Charcoal: binds to impurities in skin, exfoliates (high alkaline Ph ~9-10)

Raw/Unfiltered Honey: antibacterial (for acne), antioxidants (anti-aging), moisturizing (slight acidic Ph~4)

Coconut Oil: saturated fats (moisturizing), fatty acids/antimicrobial (disinfectant), Vitamin E (skin growth/ repair, anti-aging), protein (rejuvenating) (neutral-alkaline Ph ~6-8)

Apple Cider Vinegar: vitamins and minerals (A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, potassium, calcium), malic acid (antiseptic), draws out toxins (acidic Ph~2.5)

Organic Oats: (saponin) natural cleanser, lipids and protein (emollient properties), antioxidants (anti-aging and soothing) (slight acidic Ph ~6)

Plain Yogurt: Vital nutrients (protein, calcium, vitamin D, probiotics), lactic acid (dissolves dead skin cells), moisturizes, corrects skin discoloration, fights premature aging (slight alkaline, Ph ~7)

Egg: astringent (tightens/lifts skin, shrink pores), clears blackheads (draws out sebum from pores), reduces eye puffiness and fine lines (neutral/alkaline Ph ~7-8)

Avocado: antioxidant carotenoids (reduce wrinkles), monounsaturated fatty acids (moisturizes, reduce inflammation), vitamins E & C (anti aging, revitalizing) (low Alkaline Ph ~6.3)

Banana: Vitamins & Minerals (A, B, C, E, Potassium, Lectin, Zinc, Amino Acids) antiseptic, battles acne, moisturizing, anti-aging (acidic Ph ~4.5-5)

Papaya: Antioxidants & Vitamins & Minerals (A, C, E, K, magnesium, potassium, niacin, carotene, protein, fiber, lipids), moisturizing, lightens skin, anti-aging, antiseptic, exfoliating, inhibits hair growth (slightly acidic Ph ~5.2-5.7)

Turmeric: Antiseptic, Anti-Aging, Lightens skin pigmentation, controls oil, inhibits hair growth (neutral Ph)

Lavender Essential Oil: antioxidants (protects skin), Improves blood circulation, tones skin, treats acne (neutral Ph)

Tea Tree Oil: antiseptic, antimicrobial, acne (neutral Ph)


Ph Levels

Ok– we’re gonna get a bit scientific on ya real quick. You will notice the Ph Level noted on these ingredients. Ph level determines the acidity of…anything really. The Ph scale is a numeric digit 1-14; 1 being the most acidic, 7 being neutral, and 14 being the most alkaline (an acid neutralizer, aka a “Base”). Your skin’s Ph balance is around 5.5, which is just slightly acidic. The best skincare treatments are going to resemble the natural Ph of your skin. It takes less acid to combat alkaline properties, so keep that in mind when mixing up your masks! (Charcoal + Bentonite Clay + Apple Cider Vinegar = a good Ph Balance for your skin!)



Recipes

Now that we got all the nitty gritty out of the way, let’s get into the fun part and talk recipes! Here are our top 5 face masks for various skin types-

  1.     The Porefector
    Charcoal Purifying Mask 

Ingredients:
Activated Charcoal
Bentonite Clay
Apple Cider Vinegar
(optional mix-ins) Lavender Essential Oil (2-4 drops), Honey (1-2 tsp), Tea Tree Oil (1-2 drops), Turmeric (1 tsp)

Instructions:

Mix equal parts Activated Charcoal and Bentonite Clay (½ tsp each works great for 1x use)
Add Apple Cider vinegar to create a smooth paste. (After this consistency is achieved, you can add 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil OR Tea Tree Oil, or 1 tsp honey)
Mix well then apply to clean skin. (tip– you can apply your favorite face serum before applying the mask to increase absorption)
Leave the mask on for 15-30 minutes then remove with tepid water and circular motions (great exfoliator!)

Use this mask 1-2x per week

  1.     Avocad-no Dry Skin
    Moisturizing Mask

Ingredients:
Raw, unfiltered honey
Coconut Oil
Avocado
Oats
(optional mix-ins) Lavender Essential Oil (2-4 drops), Tea Tree Oil (1-2 drops), Yogurt (tbs)

Instructions:

Mix 1 tbs of Honey, 1 tbs of Coconut Oil, ½ avocado, and ¼ cup of ground (or crushed) oats. (You can crush your oats by putting them in a baggy and smashing them with a hammer– or a ladle if you’re not feeling so destructive).
After everything is mixed well, you can add any optional mix-in.
After you have finished mixing your ingredients together, apply to your face.
Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse clean with cool water.   

Use this mask 1-2x per week

  1. The Glow Getter
    Brightening Face Mask (great for discoloration!)

Ingredients:
Honey
Yogurt
Papaya
Turmeric
(optional mix-ins) Lavender Essential Oil (2-4 drops), Tea Tree Oil (1-2 drops), Egg White (for toning)

Instructions:

Mash up the flesh and seeds of ½ papaya. Save the other half for your next mask, or a little treat when you’re done!
Mix in 2 tbs of Honey and 2 tbs of Plain Yogurt, 1 tsp of Turmeric until creamy and smooth.
Apply the mask in a thin layer to your face, concentrating extra product on any dark spots or skin discoloration.
Leave on for 20-40 minutes then rinse clean with warm water.

Use this mask 1x per week

  1.     Grease-Be-Gone
    Oil Control Mask

Ingredients:
Banana
Oatmeal
Apple Cider Vinegar
Honey
(optional mix-ins) Lavender Essential Oil (2-4 drops), Tea Tree Oil (1-2 drops), Turmeric (1 tsp), 1 Egg Yolk, Bentonite Clay

Instructions:

Mash ½ of banana and grind (or crush) ¼ cup of oats.
Mix together Oats, Banana, 2 tbs of Honey, and as much Apple Cider Vinegar as needed to create a paste.
Add in any additional mix-ins.
Apply a smooth layer to face, concentrating on T-zone or wherever you have more oil.
Leave on for 15-20 minutes, clean with a towel dampened in cool water.

Use this mask up to 3x per week

  1.   The Time Rewind
    Anti-Aging Mask (awesome for dry skin!)

Ingredients:
Yogurt
Apple Cider Vinegar
Avocado
Banana
(optional mix-ins) Turmeric (1 tsp), Coconut Oil (1 tsp), Honey (2 tsp)

Instructions:

Mash up ½ Banana and ½ Avocado, mix together. (Maybe you can make the world’s most interesting guac with the leftovers when you’re finished!)
Add in 2 tbs of Plain Yogurt, and 1-2 tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar (you don’t want it too runny!).
Add any additional mix-ins and mix until creamy.
Apply mask to face, concentrating more product on your fine lines and wrinkles.
Leave for 20 mins then rinse with warm water.

Use this mask 1-2x per week



We hope you enjoyed this teeny-tiny little post about some natural skin care remedies! You only get 1 skin in this life (hopefully) so take care of it. We would love to hear some of your favorite DIY face masks! Drop them in the comments or shoot us a tweet 🙂 ♥

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Jessica Seifert is a makeup enthusiast with winged liner sharp enough to slay her enemies. She spends her free time turning people into beautiful monsters & zombies. Learning about new makeup techniques and skincare is her passion!

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