Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thrifty Thinking: Mommy Masks - Cheap Beauty Tricks for Busy Moms

You don’t have to spend lots of money on face masks to improve your skin. In fact, the ingredients you need are right in your home!
It’s become a trend to use natural ingredients for a variety of health issues, and this is also the case when it comes to skincare. Making your own face masks comes with various benefits. For starters, they’re inexpensive. You can make use of ingredients that you generally don’t have to venture further from the kitchen to locate. Added to this, they can be better for you because you are not using skincare products that contain chemicals.
Dry skin is not fun: it can lead to your skin feeling sensitive or looking dull. Reach for honey - it’s a great ingredient that can soothe and nourish your complexion. Even if you don’t generally suffer from dry or dull skin, this is a great mask if your face is showing signs of tiredness.
What You Need:
- 1 teaspoon mashed avocado
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon of Greek yogurt
Mix all the ingredients together and apply them to your face, letting them sit for approximately half an hour. This is great for dry skin because, besides for the soothing honey, avocados contain good fats that nourish the skin while yogurt helps to boost hydration. It will make your skin look younger and smoother!
If you battle with pimples or severe acne breakouts, there are natural things you can use on your face to alleviate the problem. Strawberries are an example of an ingredient that helps to fight acne because they’re a natural source of salicylic acid, which is found in many acne products.
Simply put 1/4 cup of fresh strawberries and 1/4 cup of sour cream (or yogurt) into a blender.  Once the mixture is nice and smooth, apply it to your face and leave it on for approximately 10 minutes before rinsing off.
Along with being great on pimples, strawberries are one of the fruits that work to brighten skin. Other natural skin brighteners include mulberries and bearberries. Mulberries and bearberries contain arbutin, an ingredient that helps to lighten skin by preventing melanin production, a cause of pigmentation.
Take six mulberries and mix them with a few drops of honey. Apply the mixture to your face for about 20 minutes before washing off to reveal skin that glows!
Sometimes you can prevent breakouts by first tackling oily skin. Besides for pimples, however, oily skin can make your face look shiny in patches, causing areas to become hotspots for bacteria. This mask is great for balancing skin, helping to provide it with moisture it needs while getting rid of any excess oil.
All you need is a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of orange juice (make it freshly squeezed!) Then, mix the two ingredients and apply them to clean skin. Let it work for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. The smell of orange and aloe is sure to make you feel more energetic, too!
Masks don’t only have to be for your skin - they can also help to boost your mood or calm you after a very stressful day. This is especially important if you think of how stress can wreak havoc on your skin, causing issues like acne or wrinkles.
For a revitalizing face mask, you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of fresh carrot juice
Mix the ingredients and then apply them to your face. After 20 minutes, gently rinse them off. Besides for a bit of pampering that will soothe your stress levels, this mask helps you say hello to younger skin. This is thanks to baking soda that works as a natural exfoliator, removing dead skin cells so that your fresher skin can be unveiled.
Making your own face masks isn’t just great for your skin’s health but also a wonderful treat to share with your daughter. Or, if you just need a bit of mommy pampering time, apply a mask while you catch up on your favourite novel or TV series!

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