Love how your skin feels after a nice facial at the spa? You don’t have to use any fancy products to achieve the same results in your own home. You probably already have everything you need for a great face mask in your own kitchen. Here are five foods that are great on your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you like to use toner on your face after washing it to cleanse and tighten your pores, you can use vinegar as an all-natural toner. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water, and apply it to your face just like toner – no need to rinse it off afterwards. That recipe is good for regular application. For a stronger facial treatment you can use once per week, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water (about one-fourth of a cup of each should be enough for one application).
Milk can be great for softening your skin. If you want to apply a face mask using milk as the main ingredient, mix about one-fourth of a cup of powdered milk with water until it forms a paste that’s a good consistency for a face mask (thick and not runny). Put it all over your face and neck, and leave it on until it dries completely. Once it’s dry, rinse it off with warm water.
A mashed-up banana makes for an excellent facial mask. It will moisturize and soften your skin. Just take any medium-sized banana, mash it up, and smear it all over your face and neck. You should leave the mask on for about 10-20 minutes, and then rinse your face with cool water. The best part about natural food masks is that you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals harming your skin if you leave them on too long. You can add a couple ingredients to your banana if you want: one-fourth cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of honey. This combination also makes an excellent face mask.
Bet you never thought mayonnaise could be could for you. Mayonnaise (whole egg) works very well as a face mask. It will cleanse and moisturize your skin. It’s so simple – all you need to do is spread a thick layer of mayonnaise on your face and neck. Leave it on for about 20 minutes (once again, no real need to worry about losing track of time), and then wipe it away. Rinse your face with cool water.
Just like milk and mayonnaise, plain (full fat) yogurt will also make your skin soft and clean and tighten your pores. Just put it on your face and neck, and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse your face with cool water. You can also make a rejuvenating yogurt face mask by combining one teaspoon of plain yogurt, fresh squeezed juice (with some pulp) from one-fourth of an orange, and one teaspoon of aloe. Put this mixture on your face for about five minutes, and rinse off with cool water.
Cayla Crenshaw is a beauty and style expert who loves to spend her free time writing. She often blogs about skincare and she can be found writing about anything from cosmetic brushes to toner.