In winter the skin tends to become dry and irritated. With ingredients from the kitchen, you can prepare natural masks that provide extra hydration and nutrients to keep it healthy.
Just as the body needs healthy and nutritious food to function well, the skin also needs to “eat” foods that provide essential nutrients. That is the function of nourishing and repairing masks, which in natural cosmetics often include ingredients from the pantry.
Do not forget that what is good for the inside is good for the outside. Vegetables, fruit juices, cereals or infusions are some of those ingredients, and with them we can also make masks at home. Over the century’s women have invented fruit, milk, oatmeal or millet masks to beautify their skin and keep it young.
In the preparation of homemade masks many foods can be used, although it is preferable that they are ecological so that they do not have chemical residues. They are indicated above all in dry, sensitive, fragile and mature skin.
INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE COSMETICS
The cereals such as oats, barley and wheat (grain cooked and mashed, or flour) provide softness and firmness thanks to its mucilage. Among fruits and vegetables, the possibilities are multiple. They provide antioxidant vitamins and minerals such as potassium or magnesium, essential for the skin.
The infusions allow benefit from the medicinal effect of certain plants, while oils like olive, almond or Sesame provide the skin with fat – soluble need with vitamins and antioxidants.
MAKE YOUR OWN SKIN MASK
They can be made very easily according to each type of skin:
- Brewer’s yeast anti-wrinkle. To regenerate the skin and delay the appearance of wrinkles. Mix one tablespoon of flaked brewer’s yeast and one tablespoon of virgin olive oil in a bowl.
- Of cereals. To soften and hydrate sensitive skin. You can use the whole grain, cooked and crushed, of cereals such as wheat, barley, millet, rice or oats, or their flour. Two tablespoons of the crushed cereal or its flour are mixed with two tablespoons and a few drops of chamomile oil.
- From fruit juices. Provides essential minerals and vitamins for all skin types. Half ripe avocado is mixed with a teaspoon of cucumber juice and a teaspoon of lemon juice.
- Potato and vegetable milk. For the tendency to flaking and extreme sensitivity. A boiled potato is mashed, mixed with infusion of chamomile and milk until it reaches the right consistency and a few drops of almond oil are added.
- Made of vitaminized clay. For oily and delicate skin, it deeply cleanses, regulates sebum and nourishes. Two tablespoons of clay are mixed with one of vegetable juice (artichoke, onion and lemon) and one teaspoon of almond oil.
- Refreshing papaya. Cleanses all skin types. 50 grams of crushed papaya are mixed with two tablespoons of vegetable yogurt and a few drops of olive oil. In all cases, it is advisable to prepare the amount to be used and apply the mask immediately. The advantage is that, if there is something left over that only contains food, it can be eaten.
HOW TO APPLY A MASK
Applying a mask to the face is very simple, although it is advisable to follow these steps to obtain good results:
- Reserve half an hour in which you can be calm and relaxed, preferably lying down.
- Thoroughly cleanse the skin of the face and neck. It can be used to perform a gentle exfoliation that removes dead cells and prepares the pores to receive nutrients.
- Wipe the skin with a warm damp towel or take a steam bath to open the pores wide.
- Apply the mask with your hand or a brush, forming an even layer and avoiding the eye and lip area.
- Then cover the eyelids with a compress soaked in infusion of linden or chamomile.
- Leave the mask to act for 15 to 30 minutes, remove with warm water and apply a nourishing cream.