For All Skin Types

Egg White Mask

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl

Preparation:

  1. Separate the egg whites from a couple eggs and place them in a bowl.
  2. Mix them up and apply to face.
  3. Leave on face for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse face in warm water.

For Oily Skin

Strawberry & Lemon Mask

Strawberry and lemon juice contain natural astringents. Note: Recipe works for two people, so invite a friend, or cut recipe in half for just you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • Optional: 4 drops of your favorite essential oils

Preparation:

  1. Mash or blend the above ingredients.
  2. Smooth over face.
  3. Let it stay for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse.

For Dry/Chapped Skin

Dark Chocolate Mask

Dark chocolate – better for your skin than you think! Here is how to use dark chocolate on your skin for a delicious facial. If you love chocolate and happen to have some to spare, try this delicious facial.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bars of dark chocolate
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • Sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Heat nutty dark chocolate in a boiler. 3 minutes will work well.
  2. Mix sea salt and 2/3 of a cup milk in a bowl.
  3. Remove melted chocolate from heat. Mix melted chocolate with salt/milk mixture.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. Apply to your face while cool but not hardened. Before the chocolate becomes hard, smear on your face and leave it on until it hardens.
  6. Wash or chip off with a mild cleanser and warm water.

For Sensitive Skin

Yoghurt Face Mask

This mask is great for soothing chapped, sunburned or otherwise irritated skin.
Extra tip: This mask works well for other skin types as well. For oily skin, add a couple drops of lemon or lime juice. For dry skin, mix in a couple tablespoons of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural yogurt (we like it just-out-of-the-fridge cold and I love the brand Fage’s “Total” pictured here, because it’s creamy and thick)
  • ½ cup oatmeal (any type of basic oatmeal works here)

Preparation:

  1. Mix the ingredients together.
  2. Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wash off mask with a washcloth steamed in the microwave (careful that it’s not too hot).

For Combination Skin

Rose Mask

This mask, based on roses, is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.

Ingredients:

  • Optional: 6 fresh rose petals
  • 2 tbsps rosewater
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not lowfat or non-fat)
  • 1 tbsp runny honey (to get honey runny, you can warm it in a microwave for a few seconds).

Preparation:

  1. Soak rose petals, then crush them in a bowl.
  2. Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
  3. Mix well and apply to the skin.
  4. Leave on for 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse.

 

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it really takes a beating. Aloe Vera can help alleviate this beating. Read on, and we’ll tell you more about Aloe Vera and its healing benefits.

Aloe, Our Hero!

Credit: Stanislav Kondratiev

Every day we subject our skin to a rigorous routine. Scrubbing madly with harsh, chemical-laden soaps, peeling away hair with deep slicing razor blades, dousing ourselves with moisture-sucking perfumes and cologne, subjecting ourselves to the scorching sun, beating rain, pelting snow or stinging wind. This leaves our skin wide-open to a whole host of problems such as Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Dryness, Scaling and Flaking, Eczema, Chaffing and Chapping, Sunburn & Allergic Reactions.

If you regularly slather cortisone creams or antibiotic ointments to try and heal these conditions, you may be doing your skin more harm than good because these medicines contain powerful steroids which actually thin your skin and leave it prone to even greater irritations!

Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and are described as succulents. Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy. The Aloe vera plant (also called Aloe Barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in natural skin care. It has healing properties, anti-inflammatory properties, scar reducing properties for wounds.

But that’s not all, aloe vera also:

  • Helps cuts, bruises and burns heal faster
  • Minimizes scarring
  • Relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn
  • Destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds
  • Forms a protective barrier around achy and sore joints and muscles
  • Relieves inflammation and redness
  • Soothes itching and helps restore skin’s natural beauty
  • Nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C

You might also want to read up on Aloe Vera’s benefits for skin, hair, health and heart diseases.