Vegetables and fruits are a natural storehouse of beauty aids. Potato may not be good for the figure, but is great for external skin care. Rubbing the skin of raw potato slices helps to cure rashes and has even been used for skin conditions like eczema. Most fruits and vegetables can be made into a pulp and applied on the face like a mask. In fact, a mask is an ideal way of preserving the youthfulness qualities of the skin. It also performs many functions that improve the health and appearance of the skin. A good mask should improve skin texture and make it clear and translucent.
Carrot, Cabbage and Turnip Mask: Boil carrots, cabbage and turnip in water. Strain, cool and keep the water. Strain, cool and keep the water. It can be used to wash the face. Mash the vegetables into a pulp and use like a face mask. Carrots are rich in minerals, while turnip is a powerful cleanser. This combination is particularly good for dry skin.
Cleansing Mask For Oily And Combination Skin: Apply ripe papaya pulp on the face, keeping it on for 20 minutes. Rinse well.
Fruit Mask For All Skin Types: Fruits like banana, apple, papaya and orange can be mixed together and applied on the face. They should be mashed or made into a pulp. Keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Papaya is rich in enzymes and helps in cleanse dead skin cells. Banana tightens the skin. Apple contains pectin and helps to cleanse the skin. Orange is rich in Vitamin C. It restores the normal acid-alkaline balance.
Mask For Normal To Dry Skin: Mix together 3 tbsp cornflakes with 1 tsp each of milk, honey and egg white into a paste. Apply on the face and wash off after 15 minutes.
Mask For Oily Skin: Mix 1/2 tsp honey with the white of an egg and 1 tsp lemon juice. Add enough fuller’s earth so that it mixes into a paste. Apply and wash off after 20 minutes.
Before applying a mask first cleanse your skin thoroughly. Do not apply the mask on the sensitive skin around the eyes. Avoid the lips too. Leave on the mask till it is dry, or for 20-30 minutes. Remove the mask by rinsing it off with plenty of water.
Knowing your skin type and specific needs helps to select the right ingredients, choose items that are clean and fresh and follow the basic principles of hygiene. If you have sensitive skin, apply the preparations on a small area first and leave it on for about 20 minutes, to see if your skin reacts. It is never too late to start taking care of the skin. More homemade face masks suited to your skin type.