Friday, March 18, 2011

Paleo Beauty Friday: Natural Face Masks!

To me there is nothing better than spending a few relaxing minutes indulging in homemade beauty remedies. Sitting on the couch, gook on your face, good movie on TV —Ahhhhh, perfect lazy day! So today I’m bringing you a plethora of face masks; one for each of your aliments. Whether your skins feeling a little dull, dry or oily, I have the mask for you. All masks use easy to find, cheap ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboards. So if you have a couple minutes--- give yourself a present: tighter skin, smaller pores, or softer skin!



Tighten Pores with Egg Whites
De-puff Eyes with Avocado
Decrease Oily-Skin with Avocado and Lemon
Cool skin and get rid of redness with Cucumber and Avocado
Exfoliate with Pineapple
Say Goodbye to Dry Skin with Strawberries


Tighten Pores with Egg Whites

An egg white face mask is a wonderful way to tighten your pores and give your face a temporary lift. (It can be a little smelly) It is an easy, inexpensive way to help you feel as though you've been treated at a spa.

Crack one egg and separate the yolk from the white.
Using your fingers or a makeup brush, gently rub the egg white over your face and let it dry for about 15 minutes. (It will start feel very tight as it dries)
After 15 minutes rinse the face mask off with warm water.
Follow up with a quick wash and liberally apply lotion with SPF




De-puff Eyes with Avocado

Most mornings I suffer the dreaded Puffy Eye! However, this little Paleo trick will make that a thing of the past! The oil from the avocado will moisturize the delicate skin under your eyes, while the cold compress will help reduce the swelling. Nice, simple, and you’ll love the results!

Slice a peeled avocado half into quarter-inch crescent-shapes.
Lie down with a slice under each eye
Apply a cold washcloth over the avocados and your eyes
Close your eyes and rest for 15- 20 minutes.
Wash off by pressing the cloth to your face.


Decrease Oily-Skin with Avocado and Lemon

The acidity in the lemon juice will help to soak up excess oils (it also cleanses and tightens skin, and lightens dark spots, just squeeze some juice onto a cotton ball), while the he Vitamins (A, D and E), potassium, sulfur, and chlorophyll in the avocado will help clarify, purify and moisturize the face

In a small bowl, mash and combine: 1/2 COLD (leave avocado in the refrigerator for an hour) avocado, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1 egg white
Apply evenly to a clean face
Leave for 20 minutes
Rinse with warm water and a cloth
Follow with an astringent, if you like


Cool skin and get rid of redness with Cucumber and Avocado

If your skin is red and blotchy, then cucumber is your answer! Cucumbers help in soothing and softening your skin (due to their incredible hydrating capabilities). They also have cooling effects, as well as a cleansing property that help to make your skin soft and supple. To combat redness this mask is just the ticket!

Combine 1/2 cup chopped cucumber, 1/2 cup chopped avocado, 1 egg white, and 2 teaspoons powdered milk in a blender and process until a smooth paste like consistency is obtained.
Refrigerate the mask and apply after 30 minutes
Apply, in circular upward motions, about 2 tbsp of the mixture on your face and neck.
Relax with the mask on for 30 minutes or until it dries up
To remove, wash your face and neck with warm water followed by cold water
Pat dry with a clean soft towel.


Exfoliate with Pineapple

This exfoliating pineapple facial mask is perfect for all skin types. Pineapple contains a natural enzyme that works as an astringent (anti inflammatory, refining, and toning) and exfoliator, helping to cleanse the outer layer of the skin. The olive oil helps to moisturize and soothe the skin. 

Using a blender, blend 4 large pineapple chunks, 1/2 cup canned and drained pineapple, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil until the mix is smooth
Apply on the face and leave on for 15 minutes
Rinse well and pat dry.

 

 

Say good bye to Dry Skin with Strawberries 

Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles than any other, so it needs to be treated well. For this problem, a strawberry and clay mask is the best choice you can make. Strawberries’ juice and seeds gently exfoliate the skin while honey and clay purifies it.

Crush the some juicy strawberries in a small bowl
Slowly add ½ Tsp of raw organic honey continuing to stir
Next add the clay, stirring constantly until it becomes a homogenous mixture
Place the mask on your face and leave it there for 15- 20 minutes.
Wash your face with cold water



Enjoy! What are your favorite paleo beauty mask recipes?