The face shows signs of aging before many other body parts. Proper care can aid in keeping skin looking and feeling younger. Whenever you're feeling tired and just need a boost, you can make masks using fresh ingredients that you might already have in your home. Facial masks can be used once a week or when you need a special treat. Feeding your skin can prevent wrinkles and diminishes fine lines. Oatmeal nourishes the skin--its rich in protein, potassium, iron, phosphates, magnesium, and silicon. Carrot juice is rich in vitamin A, often referred to as the “beauty” vitamin.
Oatmeal Facial Mask
Cook oatmeal following oatmeal directions. Peel a banana put half in a bowl and eat the other half. Mash 1/2 of the banana with a potato masher into a puree.
Add 1/2 cup of oatmeal to the mashed banana. Add one egg yolk to the oatmeal and mashed banana. Separate by cracking egg in half and put the yolk in half of the shell and carefully draining the egg white. Discard the egg white.
Add 1 tbsp. of honey to the mixture. Mix ingredients with a spoon until it becomes a smooth paste.
Spread the mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse your face clean with tepid water and pat dry with a washcloth.
Fresh Carrot Mask
Add two carrots to the blender and blend on high speed to extract the juice. Pour through a strainer to separate the juice over a bowl. Makes approximately 1/4 cup of carrot juice.
Add 1/4 cup of kaolin clay or natural clay, found at soap-making stores. Add two to three drops of almond oil, found at grocery stores. Mix all ingredients with spoon until it becomes smooth.
Spread the mixture on clear skin using your fingertips. Let sit 20 minutes, rinse well with warm water and pat dry with washcloth.
After making the fresh carrot mask store any remaining mask in the refrigerator for up to one week. The oatmeal mask can be stored for two days.
Always do a patch test behind the arm and wait 24 hours. These masks contain fruit. If you know you have allergies to these products, don't use these masks.