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Home-made Face masks are quick and full of Skin Nutrition

Making your own face masks with simple at home ingredients guarantees absolute freshness, which is perfect for your skin and at a fraction of the price too.  Choosing the right ingredients is key to getting the most out of your Mask and we are going to give you a few recipes that will suit all skin conditions, and we will have tried them all to be sure of its suitability and with ingredient alternatives just in case you don’t some of the ingredients at home in addition to offering suggestions for different skin types too. There are only 3 ingredients to this mask and will go through the benefits of each.

Carrot, Oat and Olive Oil Mask

Carrots

Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene,  vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants Carrots can be great for your skin. Eat it, drink it, or apply it as a face mask or packs, it is going to help you to get healthy and glowing skin. For centuries it is being used on several beauty regimes. It can make your face look brighter. Carrots are known to be rich in beta-carotene that gets metabolized by the body as Vitamin A. Hence, it can be taken to be a rich source of Vitamin A which can make your skin appear radiant.

To use in the mask,  you can either chop up the carrots and pulverise them in a smoothie maker or blender, add some water to help or you can boil / microwave until soft and mash up with a fork – the latter is easier!!

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K,” each of these benefits the skin in their own way. The leader of that pack is vitamin E; it’s an antioxidant that protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals.  Oxidation produces free radicals in the body which are a normal and natural.  The Vitamin E also helps out with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. The antibacterial properties in the olive oil help to remove bacteria from the skin and can be beneficial in the treatment of infections of the skin.   Studies show that bringing together Vitamins A and E — especially eating foods rich in these vitamins — can be an effective way to clear up acne so combining these two ingredients in a mask will be beneficial to your skin.

Is Olive Oil Suitable for all Skin types?

No,  Olive Oil is not suitable to all skin types, especially if you suffer from Eczema or Rosacea

Although olive oil provides some skin benefits, a 2012 study showed that topical application of olive oil may result in mild superficial reddening of the skin. The study also found that the oil may cause a significant reduction in the integrity of the outer layer of the skin, called the stratum corneum. A compromised skin barrier is a universal issue for people with eczema. Moisturizers are commonly used to treat eczema symptoms and support the skin barrier by protecting against irritants, allergens, and infectious agents.

You can use Almond or Grapeseed Oil in this mask instead and if you suffer from the Oily or  T-zone (oily forehead, nose & Chin) Skin then use Grapeseed Oil, as this is ultra light non-pore clogging oil that not only moisturises your skin but helps balance the sebum levels in your skin.  Almond is great for soothing inflammed skin

Oat Flakes and / or Oat Flour

If you don’t have Oat Flour than you can pulverise Oat Flakes in a blender to make your own ground oatmeal.  Oats are well known to help improve the skin, calm the skin if you have a exzema or rosacea flare up.

Studies show that colloidal oatmeal strengthens the skin barrier and helps aid in any damage caused by dryness by plumping up and moisturizing the skin.  So, do oatmeal baths really help eczema? Absolutely. Organizations like the National Eczema Association lists oatmeal baths as a recognized treatment option.

To DIY your own ground oatmeal

Use whole, uncooked oats (also known as rolled oats) without any additives.

Grind them up super fine in a blender or food processor — even a coffee grinder works. Just make sure you clean out your morning smoothie remnants first before giving it a go.

Test your oat powder by mixing a spoonful in a glass of water. If it’s milky and feels silky to the touch, voila! You’ve got the consistency right. If not, keep on grinding- grinding oats flakes to a flour – ths is not be confused with Collodial Oatmeal (you will need to buy this from a healthfood supplier) but it can be used in the mask as an alternative the Oatmeal.

Recipe

  • Carrot and Oat Face Maskcarrot face mask on face2 medium size carrots (or 1 large)
  • 3 tbl of Ground Oats / Oatmeal  / Collodial Oats
  • 1 tbl of Oilve Oil (or Grapeseed / Almond / Rice Bran Oil)

Peel and chop the carrots and boil / steam until tender.  Mash the carrots and add the Oatmeal to form a dry paste then add the Oil of your choice, and mix well together.

Wrap a towel around your neck to protect your clothing  and pack on the mask, yes it does looks scrambled egg but pack it on thickly to get the all the wonderful nutrients & relax for 20 mins remove the mask using a  dampened face cloth with a final cold water rinse off.  Pat your skin dry and apply a moisturiser of your choice.

Apply to the face, neck and backs of hands as thickly as possible (avoiding the eye area)  and  relax, don’t forget to put a towel over your pillow to protect the pillow as the mask is very yellow – this is due to beta-carotene found in carrots which can stain clothing / bedding

 

Result:  My skin felt smoother & more plumped with  definitely less visible wrinkles – and it also looked brighter too which is no bad thing for winter skin look.

If you make this mask – please send pics!

Enjoy your “YOU” time.

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