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9 Soothing DIY Facial Masks

Who needs Botox when you have bananas? That's right: You can use a banana as an all-natural face mask. Get this recipe and discover 8 more facial masks you can whip up.

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9 Soothing DIY Facial Masks

Banana
Who needs Botox when you have bananas? That’s right: You can use a banana as an all-natural face mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10-20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Another popular mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 medium banana.

Vinegar

Using vinegar as a skin toner dates back to the time of Helen of Troy. And it’s just as effective today. After you wash your face, mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also make your own facial treatment by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let it dry.

Milk
Here’s another way to give yourself a fancy spa facial at home. Make a mask by mixing 1/4 cup powdered milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Thoroughly coat your face with the mixture, let dry completely, then rinse with warm water. Your face will feel fresh and rejuvenated.

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Oatmeal
If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up that will leave you feeling and looking better, give yourself an oatmeal facial. Combine 1/2 cup hot — not boiling — water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 table-spoons honey, and 1 small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.)

Mayonnaise
Why waste money on expensive creams when you can treat yourself to a soothing facial with whole-egg mayonnaise from your own refrigerator? Gently spread the mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse with cool water. Your face will feel clean and smooth.

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Yogurt
You don’t have to go to a spa to give your face a quick assist: • To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain yogurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes.

• For a revitalizing facial mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.

Mustard
Pat your face with mild yellow mustard for a bracing facial that will soothe and stimulate your skin. Try it on a small test area first to make sure it will not be irritating.

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Lemon Create a facial that both exfoliates and moisturizes by mixing the juice from 1 lemon with ¼ cup olive oil or sweet almond oil.

Egg
Who has time or money to spend at the local day spa, paying someone to tell you how awful your skin looks? For a little pampering, head to the refrigerator and grab an egg. If you have dry skin that needs moisturizing, separate the egg and beat the yolk. Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added. For normal skin, use the entire egg. Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. You’ll love your new fresh face.

  • Your Comments

    • Shanii

      Okay so I have rinsed it and my face feels incredibly smooth and soft af ! lol I would definitely recommend this facial. Even tho the measurement said one whole lemon and 1/4 cup of olive oil. I didn’t use a whole lemon because it is already acidic and
      I mixed a little water in the mixture, that’s just one point to make. Enjoy your day everyone :)

    • Shanii

      I used the lemon and olive oil and it kind of stings a little right now on my face. Imma rinse it in a little while and post an update on the way my skin feels.

    • kalyn

      hi anybosy got anytips for me

    • kalyn

      I didn’t try one can anybody tell me what one to use for tonight reply asap plz tell u guys what one I use.
      PLZ ANSWER!!!!

    • Guest

      How long do i leave the lemon one on for?

    • Mia

      Ugh I tried the Mayonnise one. And I hate it. My face reacted quick my face is burning right now. I dont know if im allergic but my face is super red now and itchy and hurts and burns! I’m never using that again.Ughhhh never using it again my face hurts now :(

    • http://www.lasertouchsoho.com/botox.html Lorraine Seth

      These natural solutions are the best but they take sometime to show results, for quick results you can go for laser treatment or Botox.

    • http://www.libeautyschool.com/ Linda Terry

      Banana!!! One of the best masks that actually rejuvenates the skin. Anyone ever tried Mustard?

      • Jamiee

        I tried it and it kind of stung my eyes but now my face its really smooth