Tired of paying your beautician for a facial every month? Well, here's the trick - try these super-simple DIY masks to replenish and refresh your skin. You'll be surprised with the amazing results that common fruits, vegetables and other natural products can yield. These remedies are organic, easy yet effective and most importantly – cheap.
In ancient times, beauty was judged by healthy skin and body and hence queens, royalty and women from upper echelons of the society indulged themselves in natural cosmetic therapies to enhance their looks. According to popular folklore, Cleopatra, one of the most beautiful women of her time, bathed in milk and honey to get radiant skin.
Well, today not everyone would have the kind of time and money to follow Cleopatra's daily beauty regime, but we can surely afford to pamper ourselves with some age-old beautification remedies every once in a while. Here are some easy-to-do facial treatments to meliorate your skin.
Papaya Apart from the health benefits associated with consuming papaya, the fruit also has great anti-ageing properties. Mash a slice or two in a bowl and apply straight to your face. Leave for half-an-hour and wash off with cold water. Regular use will make your skin smoother and firmer.
One of the best things to get rid of tan, yoghurt is as good on the skin as it is inside your system. Lightly beat some plain yoghurt or mix it with a few drops of orange juice and apply to your face. Let sit for 30 minutes then rinse off with cold water. It'll revitalize your skin and leave it moist during hot and dry conditions.
Honey Get that baby-soft feel by simple application of this amazing natural confection. Slather some honey on your face and let sit for 20 minutes before washing off. It is a great way to hydrate dry, fatigued skin.
Milk It works wonders on your skin in any form – fresh or powdered. Make a mask with two tablespoons fresh milk, flour and a dash of lemon or orange juice. Adjust the contents to make a thick paste. Coat your face with the mixture and let dry completely. Gently rinse off with tepid water.
Egg Get rid of itchy, scurfy skin by applying a beaten egg mix. If you have dry skin, beat an egg yolk and apply to face using a soft brush. For oily skin, separate the yolk and beat an egg white with a dash of lemon juice. Apply a layer on face and neck. For normal skin, use the whole egg. Let sit for 20-30 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Your skin will be supple and smooth.
Mash a ripe banana and apply straight to face or mix with two tablespoons yoghurt to prepare a fresh mask. Let sit for 15-20 minutes then wash off with cold water.
Oatmeal Mix equal parts of oatmeal and plain yoghurt with a few drops of honey. Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water. It will cleanse your pores and give your skin a fresh feel.
Peach Mash the pulp of a ripe peach and mix it with a beaten egg white. Apply the mixture on your face and relax for 15 minutes. Rinse off with tap water. It will tighten your pores while leaving behind a supple feel.
Mix two tablespoons of plain yoghurt, 2 teaspoons of finely crushed almonds and a few drops of honey to a thick paste. Gently massage your skin with the mix for 5-10 minutes then let sit for another 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water. It's a great remedy to smooth chapped skin and relax fatigued tissues.
Mash the pulp of a ripe avocado with a few drops of honey and orange juice. Apply the mixture to your face and neck and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. This mask is great for exfoliating and hydrating dry skin.
To reduce dark circles and puffiness of the eyes, cut two slices of fresh cucumber and place over your eyes. You can also apply the pulp of a fresh fig under the eyes to produce the same effect.
Thanks to the wonderful natural properties, regular application of the above will make your skin smooth, supple and radiant. It will also ensure less frequent visits to the salon.
So this weekend, indulge yourself in cosmetic therapy.