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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

healthy living ~ simple masks for your face


Last week we discussed how Face Serums can help your complexion, especially in wintertime. This week I thought we needed now to mention Facial Masks- they too can be amazing for you at the this time of the year; actually any time of the year. 

The application of masks is one of the most ancient forms of beauty treatment all around the world. In old times, women of nobility used to apply many exotic substances on their face skin in order to keep it smooth, silky and beautiful and protect from aging and elements. In the North, traditional societies used animal and fish fats to shield their skin from cold and dry winter air. We need not go to that extent... :)

I love facial masks, they leave my skin refreshed and nourished. However, some of the products on the market are filled with chemicals that undo all the good you are trying to accomplish. Natural, from Mother Nature, face masks are gaining popularity among many women, especially those who avoid using toxic commercial products and prefer to nourish, cleanse, heal, and protect their skin with unadulterated, home-made remedies.

Here are a few on my favorite winter masks for busy modern women! These are simple, easy to make, and luscious; your skin will love it!

1. AVOCADO MASK 
An avocado mask is perfect for dry skin that may become very irritated in the winter.

It is easy to make: mash the flesh of avocado with a fork, add a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, and apply this smooth, fragrant mixture onto your face.

This nourishing mask will supply your skin with a whole range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and softening agents to fight winter dryness.

2. CULTURED MILK MASK 
A cultured milk mask is a simple and effective cure for tired skin.

Just apply a bit of natural yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream, or kefir on your face avoiding areas around the eyes. Relax for 10-15 minutes and rinse your face with cool water.

This mask softens, rejuvenates, and restores a natural pH balance of your skin, thus, protecting it from negative influences of winter air.

3. EGG WHITE MASK 
An egg white mask is good for oily skin with large pores.

Smooth a beaten egg white all over your face, let rest for half-an-hour, and rinse with water.

This mask will refresh and tighten your oily skin and will make it look much healthier than before. In the winter, it will create a natural barrier to protect your skin from harsh winds and frost.



4. OATMEAL MASK
An oatmeal mask is a great remedy for skin beaten by a cold wind. To make it, mix together in equal proportions raw oatmeal flakes, egg yolk, and honey. Keep the mask on your face for about 20 minutes, wash with lukewarm water, and pat dry. After the application, your facial skin should feel very soft, refreshed, and healed.



5. BANANA MASK 
If you have combination skin suffering from winter elements, try a softening banana mask. Mix mashed banana with fresh sweet cream and apply this wonderful mask all over your face for 30 minutes. It will smooth, soften, moisturize and nourish your skin whenever necessary and will make you forget about the cold, harsh, and nasty winter outside!

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