Getting ready for your upcoming wedding takes quite a bit of time and energy. But with the hustle and bustle of planning, one thing may end up neglected: your complexion. Here’s how to make a variety of masks for different skincare concerns with products you likely have in your own home for a glowing complexion on your wedding day!
Hydration Face Mask
This mask is one that everyone’s skin can use a taste of: a hydrating mask made with completely natural ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Mix together a quarter of mashed avocado, a tablespoon of cocoa powder, and a tablespoon of raw honey until well combined. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wash off with warm water. For best results, moisturize directly after applying the mask.
This mask works because avocado is naturally hydrating. Additionally, cocoa works as a soothing antioxidant. Those two factors combined with the fact that honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory means this mixture will work to keep your skin hydrated and clear.
Skin Brightening Face Mask
This dull-skin buster will do wonders for a glowing complexion in the days and weeks leading up to your big day. To concoct it, mix together a half cup of mashed papaya, a teaspoon of raw honey, and one whipped egg white. Once these ingredients are well-combined, apply it to clean, dry skin and let it sit for 15 minutes or so. Wash it off and moisturize and you’ll notice that your skin is a bit brighter.
Because the enzymes that make up papaya are natural exfoliators, they help to rid skin of dead cells. The honey and egg are helpful natural ingredients that are both good for skin and do their part in holding the mask together well.
Oil-Reducing Face Mask
If you’re plagued by an oily face and unwanted shine, try this natural mask. Mix together one egg white with a tablespoon of oatmeal. This simple, two-ingredient mask will naturally dry your skin out so that it’s still hydrated but shine-free. Pat the mask on your face and allow it to harden for approximately 20 minutes. When you’re done, rinse it off thoroughly with cold water.
Acne-Reducing Face Mask
For brides who suffer from frequent breakouts, there’s perhaps nothing more frustrating than the appearance of pimples or blackheads. Luckily, we have a mask for that! Combine a mashed banana with half a teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply to clean, dry skin and let it sit for 10 minutes or more. Then, wash it off and pat your face dry.
Because bananas are loaded with vitamin A, this mask helps your pores to stay clean, reducing the chance of a breakout. Turmeric powder does its job of warding off bacteria, which is the known culprit behind many breakouts. Finally, the baking soda in the mask absorbs excess oil, preventing pores from clogging.
Vinegar Face Mask
Vinegar has been known as a helpful skin aid for centuries. Create a vinegar mask to help tone skin by combining a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup of water. Apply the solution with a cotton ball and let it sink into your skin until it’s completely dry. You can choose to leave it on your face or wash it off per your own personal preference.
Pore-Shrinking Green Tea Face Mask
Everyone knows there are a range of health benefits associated with green tea, but you may not know that it’s also great for your skin. A substance called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in green tea is responsible for aiding in making pores smaller.
To make this mask, combine a tablespoon of green tea powder, a tablespoon of raw, organic honey, a teaspoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and a teaspoon of sugar to form a paste. Spread it all over your clean, dry skin. Massage it gently into your skin for one to two minutes, leaving it on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
Scar-Reducing Face Mask
Another mask to try featuring papaya is one that will reduce the appearance of acne scars. To make this mask, process a tablespoon of ripe papaya, a tablespoon of organic plain yogurt, and a teaspoon of oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Once the mixture is smooth, apply it to clean, dry skin. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Follow that step by rinsing your face thoroughly with cool water. Pat your skin dry.
For every skin ailment, there’s a homemade mask to the rescue. Ensure that each mask is made with organic, natural ingredients as you would not want to put pesticides or processed foods or products onto your skin. By making use of natural ingredients, your skin will be ready as ever by the time you march down the aisle.