Fresh kitchen ingredients can do more than help you whip up a delicious meal. They can also help you with your beauty challenges. If the face masks at the beauty salons don't seem like they worth the money, you can easily find many of the same ingredients that go into those products right in your kitchen. From fruits and vegetables to pantry staples like honey, it doesn't take a lot of effort to make a face mask that's just as good as what the beauty brands offer you at the store.
1. Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants
The flesh of the pumpkin is full of the vitamins A and C and has plenty of antioxidants as well. All you need to do is to start with canned pumpkin and add in a little yogurt and honey. Whip it up into a face mask in the blender. When you apply it to your face for a few minutes, it will leave your skin feeling cooler, softer and more youthful.
2. Strawberries are great for antiaging facemasks
The vitamin C in strawberries is a powerful anti-aging ingredient. While you can eat strawberries to make use of the vitamin, mixing up a facemask can help you protect your skin from the free radicals that damage collagen. Throw a few strawberries in the blender and put in a little yogurt and honey. It should make a great face mask and double as a delicious smoothie.
3. Honey makes a great face mask just by itself
Honey is the active ingredient in many popular commercial beauty products. You can use this ingredient directly on your face as well. All you need to do is gently heat a little honey in the microwave, test the temperature to make sure that it is safe, and apply it to your face. About fifteen minutes is all the time that honey needs to hydrate your face and heal dry skin.
4. Maple syrup has wonderful anti-aging properties
Maple syrup is chock-full of antioxidants that can go to work on your face repairing damage done by free radicals. Mix a tablespoon of maple syrup with a spoonful of warm milk and add in two or three tablespoons of finely powdered oats. The mixture makes a great face mask that you should leave on your skin for a few minutes.
5. Olive oil is great for your heart and your skin
Olive oil is one of the most important parts of the Mediterranean diet. It can certainly help your skin when it is a part of your diet but can also work wonders when applied directly to the skin by repairing damage done by free radicals. Apply olive oil directly to the skin, leave on for a few minutes, and wipe off with a soft, damp cloth.
6. Nothing moisturizes like avocado
Throw the flesh of an avocado into the blender along with the white from one egg, a squirt of lemon juice and some oatmeal. Apply the paste to your face and leave on for a few minutes. You will have softer, fresher feeling skin in no time.
Familiar ingredients like honey, oatmeal and maple syrup may not seem like powerful beauty products. But, they have hidden powers that you’ll discover the moment you use them.