Whitening facial masks can have a high cost, on your finances as well as on your skin. They often contain harsh ingredients to rid the skin of age spots and visible signs of sun damage. While they might reduce oil, you could end up with dry, irritated skin instead. With a few readily available ingredients, you can make a facial mask that not only whitens and brightens your skin, but also clarifies and reduces oil. The simplicity of making homemade facial masks also means you will spend little time or effort for spa-like results.
Cut a cucumber in half, peel the skin on the half, and cut it into slices. Place it in a blender or food processor. Cucumber adds vitamins A and C and antioxidants. It has mild bleaching properties and will sooth irritated or inflamed skin.
Squeeze about 2 tbsp. juice from an aloe leaf and add to the blender. Purchased aloe juice also works. Aloe contains antibiotic properties, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes.
Juice approximately half of a lemon. Pour the juice in with the other ingredients. The lemon juice whitens the skin, works as an antifungal, and provides vitamin C, which reduces scars, according to Julie Gabriel in “The Green Beauty Guide.”
Measure 1 to 2 tbsp. of honey to add with other ingredients. Honey is antibacterial and soothes the skin. The mild, low-level of natural hydrogen peroxide in honey also promotes whitening.
Pour about 1 tbsp. whole milk or yogurt or an egg white into the mixture. Any of them will add protein and act as a mild exfoliating peel to remove dead skin cells.
Turn on the blender or processor and add French green clay as you blend until the mixture becomes a paste. The clay draws oils from the skin, provides minerals and has antibacterial properties.
Apply the mask in a semi-thick layer over the face. Avoid getting it too close to the eyes because the citric acid in the lemon juice will sting. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool to warm water.
You can add other ingredients to the mask, including strawberries and oats.
Adjust the amount of ingredients for single use masks because the inclusion of fresh fruits and dairy means the mask will only store refrigerated for about 24 hours.
Wear sunscreen if you use the mask. Citric acid can increase sun sensitivity.
Do a patch test before using on your face. If you have any allergies to any of the ingredients, leave those ingredients out of the mask.