Updated: Sep 19
Natural skincare has always been around, but in the last few years, it's exponentially increased in popularity. And, so it should be. With growing knowledge of ingredients that companies are using, many people are starting to take what their skin is absorbing a little more seriously.
Because Ingredients like parabens, petroleum, aluminum (yes, the same aluminum as aluminum foil), and many other toxic ingredients that are used in cosmetics and skincare products, don't just make your skin worse, they can cause terrible effects over time. Effects like hormone imbalances by mimicking estrogen, triggering allergies, and a list of other issues.
You can see a full list of harmful ingredients to avoid in cosmetics here.
So, forget your fancy clay masks and charcoal scrubs! Let's head to the kitchen and see what mother nature can do for your beauty regime with these 5 DIY All Natural Face Masks!
1. Cinnamon Facial Mask
First up, is the cinnamon mask. This facial is great for reducing acne scars, breakouts, and other discoloration.
Natural Ingredient Magic:
Cinnamon is antibacterial, helps to reduce acne and heal acne scars.
Nutmeg is a natural exfoliant that sheds dead skin cells.
Milk is used as both a mixing agent and it soothes the skin and nourishes it so that good skin cells grow back healthier.
½ tsp milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Mix ingredients and apply to the face, focusing on problem areas.
Leave 10-20 minutes.
Rinse off with COOL water.
Reapply 1-3 times a month.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Now, before you imagine a science-fair volcano explosion in your bathroom let's talk about ALL the ingredients of this facial mask.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a well-known astringent for the skin. It kills bacteria and helps to clean out and tighten up the pores.
Baking Soda is a great natural exfoliant that also clears out pores and minimizes acne.
Water balances out the pH so that the "fizz" doesn't end up all over your bathroom sink. It's an optional ingredient but usually doesn't affect how it clears pores
3 TBSP Baking Soda
1 TSP Apple Cider Vinegar
Couple drops of water
Add water to vinegar, then mix into baking soda.
Apply to the skin. Leave on for up to 30 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water, moving fingers in circular motions to exfoliate the face.
3. Lemon, Honey, Baking Soda Mask
This is a popular facial mask for removing acne, healing scars, and giving your face that glow that every girl strives for.
The baking soda exfoliates and clears out the pores, while the honey heals acne and acne scars and the lemon balances the pH level of the skin, leaving it with a healthy glow.
1TBSP Baking soda
Lemon Wedge (or Lemon Juice)
¼ TSP Honey
Mix ingredients until thick paste forms.
Apply to the whole face, concentrating on problem areas. Leave on for 30 min.
Rinse off with warm water, gently moving fingers in a circular motion to exfoliate.
Repeat once every week.
4. Oatmeal Milk Mask
The oatmeal mask is the simplest facial mask to do, and good for all skin types.
For dry skin: it moisturizes.
For oily skin: it soaks up the oil, cleans the pores and the oats act as an exfoliant, as well. For sensitive skin, it soothes and helps to reduce redness in the face.
For acne-prone skin: both ingredients help clear pores and purify the skin, leaving it fresh and protected. It is a miracle worker.
Oats have so many great benefits for the skin, soothing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, just to name a few.
Milk is a protein, which is great for boosting skin health and promoting healthy cell growth.
2 tbsp rolled oats
Mix ingredients and apply to the face.
Leave on until dry.
Wash off with a warm cloth and rinse.
Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Follow up with a toner and moisturize.
5. Coffee, Milk, and Honey Mask
I saved the best for last. This Coffee, Milk, and Honey facial mask is packed full of skin benefits. I love this mask because it leaves you with this healthy, natural glow. It’s suitable for most skin types. This mask can be used more than once a week and you will see the results!
Coffee is an exfoliant, scrubbing away dirt and dead cells, while the honey helps remove blemishes and heal scars, and milk promoted new cell growth.
1 Tsp Honey
1TBSP Coffee Grounds
1 ½ tsp milk
Mix honey with coffee grounds. Add milk and mix.
Apply to the face, moving your fingers in a circular motion.
Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
I regularly use each of these masks and I can tell you with FULL confidence that not only do they work, but they also work BETTER than high-end skincare masks. And, the best part, all of the ingredients used to make these masks cost less than a facial! You probably already have them lying around in your kitchen!
Which mask will you try first, on your next self-care day? Let me know by tagging @ruralmajestyblog in your social posts!
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