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Masks, Which Are Not Hiding Anything

Some simple recipes to let your beauty bloom, naturally!

honeyI am not too fond of just following any “proven” solutions blindly. Wanting to be well informed, I always ask questions, wishing to know “how it works” and “why does it work this way” before buying or even trying most anything. So, before getting to masks themselves, I am going to give you a bit of information on what our skin loves and needs in order to stay healthy and beautiful.
 

Here is a list of vitamins and minerals needed for the skin’s wellbeing:

  • Vitamin A helps prevent dry skin, acne and wrinkles; it strengthens the skin and repairs its tissues.
  • B complex vitamins help the body to withstand stresses that may prevent such skin diseases as eczema, the form that can be caused by stress. Vitamin B1 is an antioxidant that helps eliminate toxins. Vitamin B2 helps prevent acne and keep the skin healthy. Vitamin B3 improves circulation. Vitamin B5 helps in stress reduction. Vitamin B6 is the one that helps the immune system stay healthy.
  • Vitamin C is a healing and rejuvenating agent, it also helps the immune system to fight off viruses.
  • Vitamin D is an antioxidant playing significant role in skin pigmentation (see my posting below for the effects that Vitamin D has on the entire body).
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that means it helps preventing damage to the skin caused by free radicals.
  • Zinc helps regulate the generation of sebum, preventing its hyper-production, which helps control acne. It participates in skin’s healing process and helps in keeping the immune system healthy.

Here is a list of products, easily found in most every kitchen along with the effect they have on the skin:

  • Cucumber – is a natural cleanser, it helps clean the pores.
  • avocado and lemonAvocado – is widely used in skin care as a natural anti-aging agent, as it reduces age spots, increases the amount of collagen in the skin, which helps the skin keeping that youthful look, assists in the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin. Avocado yields a rich and extremely deep penetrating oil, which is perfect for dry and mature skin. Additionally, avocado helps to relieve dryness and itching from such skin diseases as eczema and psoriasis. It is rich in vitamins A, D, E, lecithin, potassium (a so-called “youth mineral” as it contains proteins, lecithin, beta-carotene and essential unsaturated fatty acids including palmitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic. 
  • Lemon – has both drying and cleansing effects on the skin, it will help us to remove oiliness; apples may help in removing oily shine as well, but it has milder effect on the skin.
  • Eggs contains protein that has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues, it is rich in almost all the vitamins except for C. They contain A, B1, B2, B6, B12, D, E, Folate, Niacin, Biotin and Pantothenic Acid. Additionally, eggs are the source of most of the minerals required for optimum health: zinc, selenium (an antioxidant), calcium, iron (used to build red blood cells), iodine (vital to make the thyroid hormone) and phosphorus. Additionally, egg contains cholesterol, a material for the fatty lubricants, which helps keep the skin supple. 
    • Egg yolks, as a nourishing ingredient, are widely used in masks for dry skin.
    • Egg whites  are helpful in closing pores and tightening the skin.
  • Oatmeal – is a natural peeler; it softens the skin and soothes itching.
  • Orange peels – are a natural bleaching agent.
  • Olive oil – is a source for mono-unsaturated fatty acids and anti-oxidative substances, it’s a nourishing and softening ingredient providing elasticity to the skin.
  • Milk – is good for moisturizing, whitening, skin-softening and filled with nutrients. It was a favorite skin care product of Cleopatra. She used milk along with honey for her favorite milk-and-honey baths to keep her skin youthful.
  • Honey – is a natural moisturizing agent, a humectant (it helps to attract and retain moisture). It is an antioxidant that means it protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation and takes a significant part in its rejuvenation. It has antimicrobial properties and helps in treatment for minor abrasions and burns. Because of its anti-irritating effect it can be used even by children and people with the sensitive skin (allergy-prone). Honey is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals, containing Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Folate, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc.

Oily Skin:

In order for oily skin to start looking good we should get rid of oily shine, clean the pores and tighten them a little, next we should rejuvenate the skin, refresh it and make it soft.

  1. Cucumber juice mixed with the milk can be used as a cleanser for oily skin.
  2. Smear your face with the mix of grapes, lemon and milk white. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water for clean and smooth skin. Note that this mask has tightening effect on the skin.
  3. A mixture of oatmeal and egg whites also works well for oily skin, peeling it gently and constricting the pores.
  4. A mixture of honey and milk, used as a mask, will make your skin glow.

Dry Skin

Dry skin needs gentle peeling to remove flakes and nourishing to make the skin supple.

  1. A mixture of honey (you may replace honey with egg yolk), lemon and olive oil is a good moisturizer for dry skin. Wear for 10 minutes and then rinse with the tepid water.
  2. A mixture of well-beaten egg yolk and mashed pulp of half an avocado put on a clean face for 20 minutes greatly improves the texture of the skin and helps in its revitalizing.
  3. If you add a cup of milk to the #2 recipe, you’ll get a great facial cleanser keeping your skin free of pollutants.

NOTE: all these masks should be put on a thoroughly washed face  then carefully removed. Avoid keeping them on for more than is recommended and make sure you don’t have an allergy reaction to any of its ingredients before you try it.

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