There's nothing like making your own fresh face masks when you have that little extra time and feel like a little extra self indulgence.
Here are a few simple face masks that will nourish and hydrate the skin.
Taking care of the body is always an internal and external effort. Done this way, you’re investing in long term health and youthfulness.
And remember, stay hydrated with water and/or tender coconut water, exercise regularly and get adequate amounts of rest and good sleep.
These recipes are suitable for all ages above 12 years.
Some points to keep in mind when using face packs
- Always use fresh ingredients when making these packs.
- Make the packs for the day of use only. Do not carry over for the next day. Make it fresh again for the next day.
- Always apply it on cleansed, clean face.
- When applying a pack, avoid the areas around the eyes.
- After applying the pack, lie down and relax, so you avoid gravity pulling down on your skin.
- Rinse to remove the pack, pat dry and finish with a spray of rose water.
- If you feel the skin is too dry after an application, apply a small amount of moisturizer (just virgin coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil is adequate too)
- Chick pea flour + Curd
Mix 1 tbsp of chick pea flour with curd and a pinch of kasturi haldi and apply on the face. Keep it on till just about dry and then rinse, pat dry. This is great to unglog pores and clean up the face for a fresh look.
- Almond flour + Honey
Mix 1 tsp of honey with a 2 tbsp of almond flour and 1 tsp of thick curd and apply on the face. Rinse after 15-20 min, pat dry. This helps remove tan and nourish the skin.
- Tamarind + Flour
Mix 1 tsp tamarind paste with 2-3 drops of lime juice and equal amounts of oats and chick pea flour. Apply this and wash off after 15-20 min. This helps reduce and eventually remove marks and pimples.
- Curd + Glycerine
Mix 1 tsp curd with ½ tsp vegetable glycerine. Apply this onto dry skin and wash off after 20-30 min. This is especially good for dry skin conditions, and dry areas like the cheeks. Makes your skin soft and supple.
- Strawberries + Honey
Mash 2 strawberries and mix with honey and little milk cream. Apply on clean face and leave on for 20-30 min. Rinse off for wonderfully silky, nourished skin.
- Cucumber + Buttermilk
Mix 1 tbsp of cucumber juice, a pinch of turmeric and 1 tsp of buttermilk. Apply and leave it on for 20-30 min. Done daily this helps reduce tan and the skin will acquire a nice glow. Ensure to use fresh ingredients each time.
- Milk + Rosewater
Mix 2 tbsp of milk with ¼ tsp glycerine and 1 tbsp rosewater. Massage this mixture nicely into the skin and leave it on for 30min to 1 hr. Rinse. This makes the skin supple, smooth and soft and helps clear marks.
- Bananas + Honey
Mash 1 small banana and mix with 1 tsp honey and few drops of lemon juice. Apply on clean face and rinse after 30 min. Helps nourish, hydrate and add a natural glow to the skin.
- Rose + Cardamon
Petals from 2 ‘paneer’ roses (these are the fragrant light pink roses, with lose petals) , washed well and tissue dried. Blend this with ½ tsp honey, pinch cardamom powder and 3-4 saffron strands. Apply this on the face and leave it on for 30 min to 1 hr. Rinse, pat dry. Helps bring out the natural glow, hydrates and lighten skin.
- Jasmine + Honey
½ cup jasmine petals, washed well and tissue dried. Mash well and add 1 tbsp thick curd and ½ tsp honey.
Apply on clean face and wash after 30min to 1 hr. Helps lighten and add a natural glow to the skin.