Do you ever get home after a day of stressful work and decide that you are totally starting over and going to improve everything that very second so you get back on track for the rest of the week? Sometimes I get home, feeling awful and once the kids get in bed I will hop in a super hot shower, scrub my entire body and shave my legs then get out and spend an hour prepping myself. Tweezing eyebrows, applying lotion, toner, teeth whitener, even special foot lotion for my heels and vitamin oil for my cuticles. I feel like a new person once I'm done and I always think to myself, wow, if I could only do this everyday, I would look amazing! And then two days go by, and I'm in my sweats with my hair in a knot on top of my head, flip flops on, dirty feet, and I'm pealing my nail polish off while I sit at my desk. That's life I guess, right? Well, the truth is, we don't have time to get pampered so you gotta do what you gotta do at home when you have time. I have 10 of my favorite homemade face mask recipes that I have listed for you all below. I have tried all of them and they are fabulous so try them out and let me know which one is your favorite!
1. Honey Mask
Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
Bad Complexion: Honey is extremely moisturizing, so it helps create "the glow" and we all want "the glow"
1 tbs Honey
1 egg white
Flour (enough to form a paste)
* Apply the paste directly to the skin and remove after 15 minutes with warm water.
2. Oatmeal Mask
Sensitive & Dry Skin: Oatmeal is very soothing for the skin.
5 tablespoons of Oatmeal
Enough milk to form a paste
* Apply directly to skin and remove after it’s hard, with warm water.
3. Avocado Mask
Dry Skin: Avocados are full of minerals that gives moisture to even the driest skin
1/2 Ripe avocado (mashed)
2 Tbs hot water
1 Tsp Honey
* Combine mashed avocado, water, and honey in a bowl and apply directly to face. Remove after 10 minutes with warm water.
4. Strawberry Honey Mask
Acne: Strawberries actually contain essential fruit acids (AHA's), including salicylic acid, which is commercially sold for acne treatment!
6 Strawberries (mashed)
1 Tbs Honey
* Apply to face in a circular motion and remove after 10 minutes with warm water.
5. Sour Cream Mask
Dull Complextion: This mask heals, exfoliates, brightens and moisturizes skin
2 Tbs sour cream
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (or lemon juice)
* Combine and apply to face and allow to set for 20 minutes before washing with cool water
6. Lemon Yogurt Mask
Uneven Skin tone: Lemon juice lightens blemishes and dark spots
Acne: Lemon is antibactieral
2 Tbsp plain yogurt
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (the juice of one lemon)
*Combine plain yogurt and fresh lemon juice and apply to your clean face (and I always apply to my neck too) Let dry for 25 minutes. (It may sting a bit at first) Remove with warm water. Your face will feel tight and lifted. This can be done twice a week.
7. Banana Mask
1 Banana (ripe and mashed)
2 Tbs of honey
* Apply directly to skin and remove after 15 minutes with warm water.
8. Papaya Mask
Uneven Skin/Acne and Dark Spots: Papaya is rich in vitamins A, C and E. It hydrates your skin, keeping it soft and also removes acne, blemishes, dark spots and other similar problems.
1 lime (juice)
5 tablespoons of oats (oatmeal)
1 Tbs Honey
* Mix very well in a blender and apply to skin. Remove after 15 minutes with warm water.
9. Kiwi Mask
Dry and Uneven Skin: The kiwi exfoliates your skin while nourishing it with Vitamin C
1 Kiwi (mashed)
2 TBS plain yogurt
1 TBS fresh orange juice
* Apply and remove after 15 minutes with warm water
10. Simple Yogurt Mask
Anti-Aging: Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to smooth rough, dry skin and prevent premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Um, basically it's amazing.
* Apply directly to skin and remove after 20 minutes with warm water