We have a Guest Post today! My best friend Shazia, is talking about homemade beauty masks using all natural ingredients. We are a big fan of making our own DIY beauty masks around here and this post has some tried tested recipes! Shazia says:
Being a full time stay-at-home mom to four wonderful beings, I rarely get time to pamper myself. By the time the last of the chores are done, all one can think of is a nice warm bed, leave alone beauty or skincare, masks or pampering! Even when I do sneak in a salon trip, the harsh chemical based lotions and potions put me more at unease than relax my mind. Then there is the ever present threat of reactions and allergies….
So over the years, I have taken to homemade beauty masks and treatments. The results are more than satisfactory; I can be sure of the quality of the products, and the best of all, it costs next to nothing!
There are a number of kitchen staples that I can vouch for as skin care. Here are four of my favourite ingredients and the masks that I make with them:
Homemade Beauty Masks from Common Ingredients
*sighhhh* If this were a person, I would hug it out of appreciation! Moisturizer, tan remover, sunburn soother, dandruff remover, hair strengthener… It is an all rounder!
Method of use: Simply slather on (face or hair or both!) and wait for it to be absorbed, wash off! If using for hair care, you can shampoo as usual after rinsing off the yogurt.
Top tip: I put it on before starting my cooking, by the time lunch is cooked the ‘treatment’ is done too!
This complete food is complete skin care in itself too! Hair loves it’s moisture, the hair roots are strengthened and the tightening effect of the egg when it dries, makes it a super mask. It is an excellent protein and vitamin treatment for the skin.
Method of use: Crack an egg, beat it and slather on to the face or hair or both!(It will drip, so keep tissues handy!) You can even use a tissue to make yourself one of those fancy face masks! I usually do it once a week. I start with my hair and then the leftover egg, I use on my face. How’s that for economy! Leave it on as long as it dries and rinse off. If applying to hair, shampoo as usual after rinsing off the egg.
Top tip: Be sure to NOT use hot water to rinse it off. As lovely as though egg is, trust me, you do not want cooked egg sticking to you hair!
Apple cider vinegar is my weapon of choice, but even plain old white vinegar is fine. Again, this common kitchen staple, is a powerful player against dandruff, skin ailments- like mild fungal infections, Acne, etc. In short, it’s a blessing for mums like me!
Method of use– As it’s smell is a bit off-putting for many, I would suggest mixing it with yogurt before applying to the face or hair. Leave on for as long as you want (I prefer a minimum of 20-30 minutes) then rinse off. Hair can be shampooed as normal after rinsing.
Ah! The natural bleach and astringent! In other words, it is a tan remover, acne buster, skin brightener, dandruff remover, oily skin’s best friend!
Method of use: Lemon juice is generally drying, so use freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with either yogurt or honey to balance the effect. As always my method is… you guessed it: Leave on for as long as you like and when that lunch/dinner is cooked, wash it off!
Top tip: Whenever using lemon while cooking, use the peels to rub over your hands. It refreshes the skin and removes cooking smells too!