Homemade Face Masks, The best ingredients for glowing skin

Homemade Face Masks, The best ingredients for glowing skin

Homemade face masks are the bees knees for healthy skin
Natural face masks offer so many benefits for skin. Adding ingredients rich in fatty acids, fruit acids and vitamins can repair sun damage, rehydrate skin by plumping out cells, and by stimulating the skins natural process of repair and renewal.
Even some of the most simple ingredients in home made facial masks can repair damage and promote collagen production by invigorating your skin’s cells, waking them up and stimulating them into action.

Natural ingredients in homemade face masks:

Essential fatty acids:
Essential fatty acids or amino acids are the life preservers of the skincare world. They protect skin cell membranes, allow moisture to penetrate then lock it in for plumper dewier skin.
Using ingredients rich in fatty acids in your facial masks hydrate skin plus help to deliver other beneficial nutrients deeper into your skin’s layers. Many of these ingredients also contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant (see below) to protect against free radical damage.
Natural Face Mask Ingredients include:
Many carrier oils
Avocado and avocado oil
Seeds and nuts
Dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, spinach and seaweed (yum do I hear Sushi?)
Coconut oil
Essential oil blends
Fish
SOME cooking oils (olive, avocado, rape seed, flax seed, coconut oil)
Coconut cream
Dairy products
You can make many homemade face masks using these ingredients pureed or blended together. Consuming these foods in your diet is also important to support your skin from the inside.
 
Fruit and other acids:
Many fruits contain alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid (great for for acne), and other acids. These acids help to remove the surface layers of skin including dead skin cells, and stimulate the skin into repair and “remodelling mode”.
Natural Face Mask Ingredients include:
Strawberries (high in acne fighting salicylic acid)
Raspberries, blueberries and other berries
Tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya
Kiwifruit
Pomegranate (also rich in antioxidants and other skin protective nutrients)
Tomatoes (another good ingredient to use in acne masks)
Cane sugar (ok it’s not actually a fruit, but cane sugar is naturally high in glycolic acid)
Dairy food (again not fruit but can be high in malic and lactic acid, a good alternative to fruit acids)
 
Antioxidants:
Most fruit and vegetables contain some form of antioxidant. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals which degrade cells and cause premature ageing. A diet rich in antioxidants increases energy, helps alleviate all sorts of ailments and of course protects skin against free radical damage. Fruits contain vitamins A and sometimes E (a potent antioxidant).
Natural Face Mask Ingredients include:
Most fruits and veggies but especially melons, green vegetables and carrots
Carrot seed oil (derived from carrot seeds) is incredibly rich in skin transforming vitamins A and C
Peppers
Bananas

Enzymes:
Papain is an enzyme found in Papaya and Canteloupe. It has an amazing ability to dissolve dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth (and collagen production too). Homemade face masks made from melons work like a mini facial peel, lifting off flaky dull skin to reveal a soft dewy brighter complexion. The fact they contain high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins as well makes them fabulous for facial masks and scrubs!
Natural Face Mask Ingredients include:
Papaya
Pineapple
Canteloupe or honey dew melons
 
Essential oils with renewing repairing anti-aging properties:
Essential oils are the secret ingredient in many of my homemade face mask recipes because they offer “miraculous” properties for skin. They can repair, plump and out tighten skin reducing wrinkles and signs of ageing. Because they are so concentrated, they are super rich in vitamins, acids and other “mysterious” compounds to deeply nourish and repair skin. You can read about these oils and how to use them in my book Natural Homemade Skin Care Recipes or a less comprehensive list can be found here
Natural Face Mask Essential Oil Ingredients include:
Angelica oil
Atlas Cedarwood oil
Basil oil
Bergamot oil
Black Pepper oil
Cajeput oil
Calendula oil
Camphor oil
Caraway oil
Carrot Seed oil
Cedarwood oil
Celery oil
Chamomile oil
Cinnamon Leaf oil
Cistus oil
Clary Sage oil
Clove Bud oil
Coriander oil
Cranberry Seed oil
Cypress oil
Elemi oil
Eucalyptus oil
Fennel oil
Frankincense oil
Frankincense oil
Galbanum oil
Geranium oil
German Chamomile oil
Ginger oil
Grapefruit oil
Helichrysum oil
Jasmine oil
Juniper oil
Karanja Oil oil
Laurel oil
Lavandin oil
Lavender oil
Lemon oil
Lemon Myrtle oil
Lemongrass oil
Lime Distilled oil
Mandarine oil
Manuka Oil oil
Melissa oil
Mints oil
Myrrh oil
Myrtle oil
Neem oil
Neroli oil
Neroli oil
Niaouli oil
Orange oil
Oregano oil
Palma Rosa oil
Parsley oil
Patchouli oil
Peppermint oil
Petitgrain oil
Pine oil
Pomegranate oil
Roman Chamomile oil
Rosehip oil
Rosemary oil
Rosewood oil
Sage oil
Sandalwood oil
Sea Buckthorn oil
Spanish Marjoram oil
Spanish Sage oil
Spearmint oil
Spike Lavender oil
Spikenard oil
St Johns Wort oil
Sweet Basil oil
Sweet Orange oil
Tangerine oil
Tea Tree oil
Texas Geranium oil
Thyme oil
Thyme Linalool oil
Thymus Vulgaris oil
Vetiver oil
Yarrow oil
Ylang-ylang oil

Acne:
Acne is one of those problems you have to deal with on many levels to eliminate it for good. Acne bacteria starts in your pores and can be activated by hormonal, environmental or hereditary factors.
If you have oily skin for example, your skin may be more susceptible to blackheads and clogged pores. This can lead to bacteria collecting in those pores resulting in pimples.
Many natural ingredients have bacteria fighting properties, especially essential oils like tea tree, neem or lavender oils. Spices like turmeric are also naturally antibacterial as are fruits rich in salicylic acid. Honey is a “natural antibiotic” and is healing for skin. The following ingredients have naturally occurring antibacterial properties and many relieve redness or discomfort associated with acne.
Natural Acne Face Mask Ingredients In Acne Recipes include:
Yogurt
Clays
Honey
Tea tree oil
Manuka oil
Aloe vera
Willow bark
Bananas (the potassium retards acne bacteria)
Tomatoes
Strawberries
Aspirin (crushed)
Basil herbs and parsley
Extra virgin coconut oil
 
Humectants and healing:
Humectants are compounds that attract moisture. Many natural humectants are also healing for skin like honey for example and aloe vera. Use these in homemade face masks to aid healing and keep skin moist. Glycerin is a humectant that’s great for use in cleansers and moisturizers.
Natural Face Mask Ingredients include:
Aloe vera
Honey
Beeswax
Jojoba oil
Vegetable glycerin
Hyaluronic acid (manufactured)

These are the main groups of mask ingredients I use most frequently in my homemade face mask recipes.
You can mix and match ingredients here but I have found that using specific combinations of ingredients in your face masks can dramatically increase their benefits for your skin. Essential fatty acids in avocado for example, can deliver the benefits of vitamin rich ingredients like carrot seed oil much deeper into your skins layers.
Using oil blends and serums as cleansers and moisturisers, many of which you can make lotions and moisturizing creams with, boost the power of these masks giving you a full skincare regime that can give you even better results than some of the biggest brands.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and that this list has inspired you to create some of your own recipes. You can also try our wizards  as a guide to what ingredients to use for your skin type and condition.
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