Treating yourself to a facial mask benefits acne and breakouts, but taking care of your skin doesn't require spending big bucks at a spa or salon. Often, masks made from simple, everyday ingredients found in most kitchens and pantries are just as effective. Be gentle -- harsh scrubbing irritates the skin and intensifies breakouts. Always apply a good-quality moisturizer to rehydrate your skin after rinsing off a facial mask. If your skin tends to be oily, use a light, water-based moisturizer that won't clog your pores; opt for a thick, oil-based moisturizer if you have dry skin.
Aspirin For Breakouts
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, an ingredient found in many skin-care products. To make an aspirin facial, mix six to eight regular aspirin tablets in a cup with four or five drops of hydrogen peroxide, then blend the ingredients into a thick paste with the back of a spoon. Wash your face, then smooth the aspirin mixture evenly over your skin, paying special attention to problem areas. Leave the tingly mixture on your face for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
Baking Soda Refreshes
Baking soda refreshes the skin and acts as a gentle exfoliant to slough away dead skin cells. Place a small amount of baking soda in a cup, then add water, a little at a time, until the mixture forms a thin paste. Smooth the mixture gently over your face. Don't scrub -- the mixture is slightly abrasive and may irritate the skin. Allow the baking-soda mixture to remain on your skin for about 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Restore the proper skin pH by moistening the skin with a cotton ball dipped in apple cider vinegar.
Oatmeal For Your Skin
A mixture of oatmeal, yogurt and honey soothes irritated skin and calms breakouts. Place any type of uncooked oatmeal in a small bowl, then stir in hot water until the mixture is a spreadable consistency. As a general rule, use about 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/3 cup of oatmeal for one facial. Allow the water to absorb the oatmeal for about three minutes, then stir in large spoonfuls of plain yogurt and warm honey. Blend in one egg white or a pinch of cinnamon if your face is oily. Cleanse your face, then smooth the oatmeal mixture evenly over your skin. Allow the oatmeal facial to remain on your skin for about 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Soothing Yogurt and Cornmeal
A mask made of yogurt and cornmeal refreshes the skin and helps keep it radiant and blemish-free. Start with equal parts plain, low-fat yogurt and cornmeal, then stir in several drops of fresh lemon juice. Smooth the yogurt mixture over your face and leave it for about 10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
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