• Self-made face masks have been used for hundreds of years to moisturize skin. Most of the top skincare ranges in our modern times contain substances that are much the same or derived from the same ingredients - whether chemically derived or natural - as what names like Cleopatra or other famous beauties enjoyed.

    When you hear the names DMAE, Papain, Coq10, Liposomes, Peptides, AHA's, EFA's, Copper, Alphalipoic Acids etc . you probably think of someone in a laboratory concocting a face cream with a specialized scientific mix of one or more of these ingredients.

    This is the case for many commercially made products, but most of us - the average customer - don't realize that we are surrounded every day with plants, seeds, herbs, fruits and oils that are also loaded in these nutrients. They may have different names or go unnoticed because when you go shopping at your supermarket you won't watch a melon labelled with a sticker that says "contains high concentrations of papain, AHA's and Alphalipoic acid".

    Additionally won't tell you that these melons have amazing exfoliating and cell stimulating properties for skin that can be readily employed in careta proteccion facial and that when used with other ingredients like virgin coconut oil, can provide a powerful moisturizing in addition to rejuvenating skin treatment that is far more potent than store bought products!

    Nutritionists will tell you that eating an alternative orange is far better for you than drinking processed juice... why? Because fresh ingredients contain all the vitamins along with enzymes that are damaged or destroyed under heat and processing. The same applies to using homemade face masks, solutions and lotions you make at home using fresh ingredients, you are taking the best of all of the nutrients including vitamins, digestive support enzymes, liposomes and more - and delivering them directly into your skin.

    Ingredients like the ones below have many benefits for your skin area:

    Avocado is high in fatty acids and oils. Very moisturizing for skin especially avocado oil

    Almond is also rich in fatty acids and great for moisturizing for skin

    Cucumber is healing, refreshing and lightening for skin

    Tropical fresh fruits like pineapple, pawpaw and papaya contain papain and other enzymes and fruit acids to gently remove face cells and stimulate new cell growth

    All fruits are rich in vitamins like vitamin C and A that happens to be great for skin both repairing, brightening and healing

    Wheatgerm, Apricot, Macadamia or Hazelnut oils are very high in efa's helping moisture travel deeper into the skin.

    Banana is rich in B vitamin and C vitamin making it a great an excellent base for home made masks

    Eggs are high in sulphur as are dried then soaked and rehydrated apricots (good for acne) and make a good base

    Citrus fruit: rich in vitamin C and fruit acids which makes great for lightening skin and for acne

    Honey and Aloe Vera: are natural humectants meaning they get water. Also good for acne and honey is antmicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant

    Essential oils: oils like melaleuca (tea tree) and lavender are antibacterial, antimicrobial so are great for acneic skin and for oily skin and even blackheads. You only needs a few drops of these in masks and there are whole range of essential oils that contain robust antiaging properties and can be used in bases for natural skin masks and oil serum blends

    Parsley, neroli and geranium are great for red veins and rosacea

    Yoghurt or whipped cream are very moisturizing and comprise lactic or malic acid so slough off dead skin cells

    Argan, Olive, Grape Seed, Flax Seed starting. Jojoba or Coconut Oil are super moisturizing, rich in vitamins and protect your skin as well (coconut and sesame oils have a low SPF protection)

    Evening primrose and carrot seed oils are rich in EFA's, liposomes nutritional vitamins and more. Using carrot in homemade face masks or carrot seed contain vitamin A and C and tend to be very moisturizing especially when combined with EFA rich ingredients in homemade face masks because EFA's help your skin process all of these elements deep into your skin.

    Seeds and nut meal (ground nuts and seeds) and oatmeal are generally excellent for homemade exfoliating face masks and also contain beneficial EFA's. Oatmeal is excellent for itchy skin as soon as mixed with cool chamomile tea.

    You can make a whole range of homemade face masks from these ingredients - you can add exfoliating ingredients to a base of banana, avocado, honey, yoghurt or cream. You can add mashed or pureed carrot using papaya and honey for a rich vitamin boost.

    Don't leave tropical fruit masks on your skin for any more time than ten minutes because the enzymes act very quickly and are very powerful.

    From these ingredients you can experiment and get fun making your own unique blends.

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  • Sweetie is made from flower nectar by bees and the liquid contains fructose, glucose, and monosaccarides. People use it as a foodstuff sweetening alternative to sugar and its chemical properties make it ideal for inclusion in recipes for baked foods. Throughout historical past, honey has also been used to treat ailments and fight infection. It has become a popular skin care ingredient and many most people enjoy using a honey face mask to cleanse, moisturize, and treat their skin.

    Honey is considered a humectant, the industry substance that attracts moisture from the air and directs it to skin. It is used in moisturizing face goggles and scrubs, often combined with other natural ingredients such as fruit or brown sugar. A special type of honey, UMF dynamic manuka honey, is used to make face masks to treat acne due to its possible antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

    Honey comes with many skin benefits including:

    anti-aging, treating mature skin
    healing, repairing scarring and also other skin damage
    calming inflamed skin
    When honey is used to make face masks, it either should be the natural way runny or warmed to create a runny consistency. Warming can be done in the microwave or by putting the honey to a glass container resting in hot water. An acne mask is made from 1/3 cup of warmed honey, one to a few crushed aspirin, and three tablespoons coconut, olive, or almond oil. After adding the crushed aspirin to your blended honey and oil, apply the mask to skin. After ten to 15 minutes, rinse off the cover, and pat-dry the face.

    Moisture is important for all types of skin, but people suffering from acne should not use lotions and creams that will clog pores. A face mask that moisturizes and fights acne is the perfect solution. It is made from one teaspoon each of plain yogurt and warmed honey. Mix the ingredients, apply the mask to the face, leave with for between ten and 20 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water, and pat the face dry.

    There are also sweetie face mask recipes designed for people seeking anti-fungal, anti-aging, exfoliation, and skin calming benefits using only natural ingredients. With a few items from the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator, people can whip up honey-based face masks to treat nearly any skin disease. Not only will they save money, they will also avoid applying unknown and potentially harmful substances to their faces.

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