Food For Your Face

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Facials and masks can be great for cleaning your skin and removing dead cells, but some are full of harsh chemicals. If you love your skin and want a quick way to pamper your face, try an all-natural alternative instead. These skin-boosting foods will help to smooth, plump, exfoliate, refresh, and brighten your complexion and chances are, you already have them in your kitchen!

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In this mask, honey acts as a natural humectant, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and promoting a more youthful appearance. The milk provides the good stuff like lactic acid, proteins, fat, amino acids, and vitamins A and D which help to remove dead skin cells and calm dry, irritated skin.

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Instructions:

1. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of milk together in a bowl.
2. Warm up the mixture in your microwave for a few seconds.
3. Smooth over your face using your fingertips.
4. Wait for 10 minutes.
5. Rinse off with warm water.

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The healthy fats in avocados that make eating them so good also have great skin benefits when applied topically. Avocados are loaded with 25 essentials vitamins and nutrients, and can rejuvenate and refresh even the most tired-looking skin.They’re a great source of vitamin A, D and E—all of which help maintain skin health and elasticity. Plus, their abundance of natural fatty acids will sooth and moisturize your skin.

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Instructions:

1. Mash one avocado in a bowl.
2. Add in one tablespoon of honey and mix together.
3. Apply the mixture to your face.
4. Wait for 15 minutes.
5. Rinse off with warm water.

 

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Oats contain polysaccharides, which leave a protective film on your skin and prevent dryness. They’re also filled with natural cleansers called saponins that help remove dirt and oil from your pores. The result? A clean, bright, radiant complexion. Once the mask has dried, the oats will harden, furthering the exfoliation properties!

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Instructions:

1. Grind 2 tablespoons of rolled oats down with a mortar and pestle, or use a food processor.
2. Add 1 tablespoon each of honey and hot water and stir until the mixture becomes a paste.
3. Apply the paste to your face and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes.
4. Gently rinse off with warm water and a facecloth or muslin cloth.

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Who knew bananas were so potent? Vitamin A helps get rid of dark spots and blemishes as well as evens out rough skin, Vitamin B delays aging, lessens dryness, moisturizes and lightens skin, Vitamin E work as a protector, combating free radical damage, and preventing and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. Moving onto yogurt, the zinc and lactic acid contained in yogurt is responsible for promoting healthy skin. Yogurt helps to remove dead skin cells, smooth out the fine lines, tighten pores and hydrate dry patches.

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Instructions:

1. Mash a ripe banana until it forms a smooth lump-free pulp.
2. Add 1 tablespoon each of natural yogurt and mix well.
3. Apply the mask onto your face and massage it thoroughly onto your face for a minute.
4. Apply a second thick coat onto your face and let it sit on your face for 15 minutes.
5. Gently rinse off with warm water and a facecloth or muslin cloth.
6. Finish off by splashing your face with cold water to close pores. Better yet, run a piece of ice over your skin for maximum benefits.

Have you tried any DIY natural face masks? What are your favourite combinations?

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