Facial Masks & Lotions

Facial masks are good for a variety of reasons. They can tighten your pores, remove excess oil from the skin, or moisturize and replenish dry skin.

There are many types of masks here a few you might want to try.

Facial masks
Masks for Normal Skin Masks for Dry Skin Masks for Oily Skin
Anti-Aging Mask Refreshing Mask Nourishing Face Mask
For Blemishes The Beauty of Bananas
Lotions
Lotions for Normal Skin Lotions for Dry Skin Lotions for Oily Skin

Normal Skin

Just Peachy – Facial Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium peach
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • oatmeal
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

Directions:

Cook peach until its soft, mash with a fork, add honey and oatmeal until its a thick consistency. Apply to skin. Let sit for 10 minutes, rinse well with cool water.

Apple Mask

# Of Applications : 1
Prep/Application Time : 0:45

  • 1 apple – quartered, cored
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. ground sage

Directions:

  1. Chop apple in food processor.
  2. Add honey and sage to apple. Mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  4. Pat mixture onto face with a light tapping motion, tapping until honey feels tacky.
  5. Leave on for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse.

Green Bean Mask

Have you been throwing out left-over beans? After seeing this mask recipe, you will never do it again.

Ingredients

  • handful of green beans
  • 1 tsp. sour cream
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

Directions:

  1. Using microwave, cook beans in a small amount of water.
  2. Drain.
  3. Puree the beans and then mix them with sour cream
  4. Apply mask to face and then relax for 10 minutes to allow the ingredients to soften your skin.

I mentioned that your skin will be soft. That is because of the sour cream. Sour cream is rich in lactic acid and helps soften and remove dead skin cells.

You could also use dry beans instead of the cooked variety. Grind the into a powder and watch them help remove dead skin cells.

Orange Yogurt Mask

An amazing mask that will show definite results!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 tsp. plain yogurt (I chose Balkan Style)
  • the juice of 1/4 of an orange
  • 1 cap of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

Stir to mix and then dip fingers into mixture and smooth onto face. The sensation is both cool and relaxing.  Leave it on your skin for five minutes and then rinse.  If you are feeling sluggish, then this is the perfect mask for you.

  • Yogurt will cleanse and nourish
  • The orange is full of Vitamin C and AHA’s
  • Don’t let the yogurt go to waste. Add a little fresh fruit and you have the makings of a nutritious lunch.

Egyptian Facial Mask

A little egg, a little milk, a little olive oil and you have the makings of an ancient mask.

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbs. whole milk

Mix together all ingredients until creamy and well blended. Spread the mixture over your face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and pat dry.

Yield: 2 ounces, enough for one facial mask.

Normal/Oily Skin

Ingredients:

Mix ingredients together and apply (after cleansing) from forehead to collarbone.  Allow mask to sit for 15 minutes (note: it will not dry or harden) as the yeast deep-cleans and tightens pores and the baking soda evens out blotchiness. Rinse with warm water and follow with an oil-free moisturizer.

Carrot Top Facial Mask Recipe

For normal – oily skin

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 4 1/2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

Directions:

Cook carrots, then mash.  Mix with honey.  Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes.  Rinse off with cool water.

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Dry Skin

Cucumber Mask

What you need:

  • 1 Tbs. Plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbs. Cucumber
  • 1 Tbs. Parsley
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

Chop the cucumber finely and mix with the yogurt and parsley until smooth. Cover your face with this creamy mask. This will rejuvenate your skin as it moistens. Leave the mask on for approximately 15-20 minutes for the best effects. Rinse with water. *This mixture can not be stored.

Mint mask

  • 1 Tbs. Ground or powdered Spearmint
  • 1 Tbs. Honey
  • 1 Tbs. Oil (cooking)
  • 1 cap of Liquid CoQ10

Combine all ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Apply this mask to your face, leaving on for approximately 20 minutes. Afterward, rinse with cool water. *This mixture can be stored for up to a month in a glass jar.

Artichoke Facial Mask

A little oil, mashed artichoke and lemon juice is all you need for this mask.  All the amounts needed are included in this recipe.

  • 1 fresh artichoke heart, well cooked or canned hearts in water, not oil
  • 2 tsp. light oil (avocado, olive, canola)
  • 1/2 tsp. vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 1 vitamin A capsule

In a small ceramic bowl, mask the artichoke heart and mix with oil and vinegar.  Stir well, until you have a smooth paste.  Massage the mixture onto your face and neck and let sit for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.  Yield: 1 treatment

Banana Supreme Facial (dry skin)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas
  • honey optional

Directions:

Mash bananas with a fork…don’t over mash or it will be too runny. Add honey if desired. Smooth over skin, let sit for 10 minutes, rinse off with cool water.

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Oily Skin

Deep Cleansing Fruit Mask (helps to unclog pores)

Ingredients:

  • 6 or 8 oz plain yogurt
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ peach
  • ½ cucumber

Directions:

Chop the carrot, peach, and cucumber into small pieces.  Place in food processor and mix into a paste.  Don’t worry if it’s a little runny.  Apply and let sit on the skin for 10 minutes. Rinse.

Pore Cleaner Exfoliate Mask

Mix baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and water into a paste and apply to your skin.  Let it dry on your skin and then wash it off with cool water.

Tighten Pores Mask

This is a German remedy used to tighten pores, clear blemishes… and probably more. You take a little cube of yeast, and mix most of it in a bowl with water until mixed. Then you apply it and wait until it is completely dry, then rinse your face.

Egg Yolk Mask

This mask is great for the skin. It leaves it refreshed and feeling great. Take one beaten egg yolk and apply liberally to the face with a cotton ball. Let dry on the skin for 15 minutes then rinse off with cool water. The egg yolk has a lot of protein and fatty acids in there that will help your skin. This mask will replenish your skin and tighten up your pores.

Honey Oatmeal Mask

Great for oily skin. Mix some honey, Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) and oatmeal into a paste and apply to skin for 15 minutes. The oatmeal will absorb the oil of your skin.

Milk of Magnesia

Very nice mask for oily skin. You can apply a thin layer to the skin and leave it on all day. Be sure to use flavorless Milk of Magnesia.

Mask with Alcohol

1 teaspoon alcohol, 2 teaspoons of distilled water, 10 drops of natural lemon juice, 5 drops of honey, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, enough baby powder to mix it into a smooth paste. to be used only once a day, an hour before bed time. apply paste to entire face area using cotton ball, or your fingers. Leave on your face for half an hour, then rinse very well with warm water, dry well but without scrubbing.

Mask For Oily Skin

  • Mash 1/4 of a tomato (first remove skin and seeds)
  • 2 Tbs. of plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. mashed cucumber
  • 2 tsp. aloe gel
  • 3 tsp. Oatmeal powder
  • and 2 mint leaves (crushed)
  • vitamin C

Mix ingredients together in a bowl, apply to face and leave on for about 10 minutes.  Rinse with warm water.  Try using a warm, damp face cloth to remove.

Apple Zinger Facial Mask Recipe (for oily skin that is acne prone)

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix the grated apple and mix with honey to make a mask. Smooth over skin then let sit for 10 minutes, rinse off with cool water.

Grapefruit Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp. sour cream
  • 1 egg white

Beat egg white until it is fluffy, add sour cream and grapefruit juice and blend well. Apply to face for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

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Anti-Aging Face Mask

# Of Applications : 1
Prep/Application Time : 0:20

  1. Mash together all ingredients. Stir in contents of capsule.
  2. Smooth onto face and neck.
  3. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Wipe off with damp cloth

Refreshing Mask

Put them together in a blender until smooth. then put the mask on your face with your fingers and lie back and relax for 15 minutes. And for an extra boost put cucumbers on your eyes and you’ll be amazed at the difference!

Nourishing Face Mask

Three simple ingredients that are very likely in your kitchen this very minute.

Ingredients Needed:

Combine and leave on your face for about 15 minutes.  Remove with cool water.

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Lotions for Normal/Oily Skin:

Rosewater Skin Lotion

Rejuvenates and smoothes your skin.

  • 1 Tbs. Rose water
  • 3 Tbs. rose soluble
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbs.  glycerin
  • 2 capsules vitamin E (800 IU’s)
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil

Break open capsules to remove vitamin E and combine with other ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well. To use, apply to your skin with cotton balls. Refrigerate between uses.

Orange Lotion For Dry Skin

What you need:

  • 1/2 oz. Cocoa butter (melted)
  • 1 oz. Orange juice (fresh is better)
  • 2 capsules vitamin E (800 IU’s)
  • 1 oz. Warm olive oil
  • 2 drops of Orange flower oil.

Mix all ingredients until smooth. This can be stored in a jar or bottle. Just apply to clean skin for a different, zesty moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. This is a great all-natural moisturizer. *This lotion can be stored for up to a week.

Lotion For Oily Skin

Rosemary Lotion

  • 1 oz. Rose petal or rose water
  • 1 Tbsp. Egg white
  • 1 oz Rosemary tea

Mix all ingredients until smooth, and apply the solution to your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes, and rinse with cool water. This oil-free lotion is especially good for moisturizing oily skin.  This lotion can not be stored. It must be made fresh for each use.

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The Beauty of Bananas

  • The Body Shop used 250,000 bananas each year for their banana products.
  • Meadowsweet of England, uses bananas in their lip balm, soap, shampoos and conditioners.
  • Guatemalan ladies often used mashed bananas to help relieve dry skin. If you can talk yourself into a nice leisurely rest for 20 minutes or so, slice a banana and then simply lay the slices on your face to allow the oils and vitamins to permeate the layers.
  • For damaged hair, combine a ripe banana with a few drops of almond oil. Massage into your hair and then allow to work it’s wonders for about 15 minutes. Rinse with soda water and then shampoo and condition as usual.
  • In 1999 at the largest Tudor archeological site in the world, something incredible was unearthed. It was a lowly banana… a very well preserved 500 year old banana.
  • Bananas were officially introduced to America at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Each banana was wrapped in foil and sold for a dime.
  • If you are looking for an exfoliating mask, blend a mashed banana with white cosmetic clay and apply. This mask is both moisturizing and nourishing.
  • Your hands can benefit from bananas as well. Mash a banana with a little butter and then rub the mixture into your hands. That is all there is to it.

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For Blemishes

Method one:

  1. Mix two tablespoons baking soda with enough warm water for a soft paste.
  2. To use: massage onto blemishes and leave on for fifteen minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Method two:

  1. Make a paste out of 3 Tbs. oatmeal, 1 tsp. unprocessed honey, 1/4 cup warm water, 1 tsp. white wine vinegar, and 1 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Massage gently onto skin to slough off dead skin cells.
  3. Rinse off with warm water

The blemish treatments are good for all skin types.

Blemished Skin Mask

This mask is especially designed to help clear up your skin. Contains a tomato, a little oatmeal and some lemon juice.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients just until combined.
  2. Apply to skin, making sure the mixture is thick enough to stay on blemished areas, such as cheeks, forehead, or chin.
  3. Add a bit more oatmeal to thicken the mask, if necessary.
  4. Leave on 10 minutes.
  5. Scrub off with a clean washcloth dipped in warm water.

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Facial Cleansers

First method:

  1. Mix whole milk with enough wheat germ to make a soft paste.
  2. Add a small amount of honey and mix well.
  3. To use: Rinse face with warm water then gently massage mixture onto damp face. Rinse with warm and then cool water.

Gentle face wash for normal to dry skin

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of finely ground almonds, 2 tablespoons oat flour, and 1 tablespoon of chamomile tea (dry).
  2. To use: Place 1 tablespoon of dry mixture in hand and mix with olive oil or water to form a paste. Massage gently onto moist skin. DO NOT SCRUB! Rinse with warm then cool water.

Another gentle wash for normal to dry skin

Apply mashed strawberries to the face and massage in a circular motion before rinsing.

For this facial cleanser, you’ll need a ripe strawberry, about a tablespoon or so sour cream or yogurt, and a couple of teaspoons of olive oil.  Mix the ingredients together and work the mixture gently on the face.  Wash the strawberry cleanser with a damp washcloth.

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