Aging. Arg, it’s one of those things we just can’t escape. And no matter how hard we try we are always going to see those annoying lines and wrinkles popping up on our face.
Luckily, there are ways to postpone the look of aging on your face and the best part? You can do it from home and on the cheap. Can I get a holla?!
So how does one fight aging for pennies per treatment? Simple. You hit the kitchen.
Now I’m no stranger to homemade face masks so I decided to list my top 3 favourite homemade anti-aging masks, that way you can try each of them out and see what works best for your skin.
Because I’m nice like that.
A Fruit Salad…For Your Face
To kick things off I’m starting with my favorite homemade face mask that helps to moisturize your skin, as well as remove dead skin cells and gradually fight fine wrinkles.
Here is what you need:
- a blender
- a small cup
- a strainer
- 1/4 cup of chopped cucumber
- 1/4 cup of filtered water
- 2 big strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of fresh papaya
- 1 tablespoon of natural honey
- 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
To start, blend your cucumber and water together until you have a puree. Strain your cucumber water, pour into your small cup, and refrigerate until needed.
Next combine your strawberries, papaya, honey, oatmeal, yogurt, and sesame oil in your blender and pulse until completely smooth.
Apply your fruit mixture to your face and let it sit and soak in for up to 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Once your mixture is rinsed off, apply the cucumber puree onto your face to tone and further freshen your skin. Then while you still have your cucumber liquid on your face, rub your teaspoon of coconut oil into your skin which will help it to stay hydrated, as well as give it a radiant glow.
This homemade face mask is great for helping your skin to look younger because fruit and yogurt both contain acids from which alpha-hydroxy acid, or AHA, is derived.
This is important because AHA helps to refine the face, exfoliate and scrub away the top layers of dead skin, while also nourishing it with vitamins, minerals, and free-radical fighting antioxidants.
In addition to that the honey in your mask is a natural humectant which will help to keep your skin moisturized throughout your day, while the oatmeal helps to soothe sensitive skin.
So not only are you battling the signs of aging but you are also nurturing your skin with wholesome ingredients it needs to stay healthy and youthful.
And the best part? This mask should cost you about $3 each time you make it. Hmmmm $3 versus nearly $100 you would pay at any spa. That’s some badass savings if you ask me.
Quick And Easy Anti-Aging
Okay, I’ll admit these homemade anti-aging masks can get a little tedious, so if you are looking for a quick and easy recipe, give this one a go.
All you have to do is stir together 1 teaspoon of natural apple juice with 1 teaspoon of cane sugar and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt.
Then simply apply your paste to your skin and let it sit for up to 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and patting dry.
This mask is useful thanks to it’s AHA and antioxidant content.
As we all know antioxidants are mega important when it comes to keeping our skin looking young. This is due to the fact that antioxidants help to slow down the visible effects of aging by combatting the damaging effects of free radicals.
On top of that, the antioxidant power found in vitamin C not only protects your skin cells but also helps to encourage the production of collagen, an essential ingredient in anti-aging.
And if you thought a $3 mask was affordable, well you may just jump for joy when I tell you that this mask should only cost you about $1 each time you make it.
It’s bargain heaven up in this piece!!
This Sh*t Is Bananas!
My final recipe, in what I like to think is a badass list of homemade face masks, is quick, easy, and even kinda tasty. Not that I taste test my face masks………..okay I do.
All you have to do is mash up half a banana and mix it with 2 tablespoons of either milk or cream, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 2 tablespoons of oat flour.
Once that is thoroughly combined and you have a nice paste, simply apply it to your face and let it sit for up to 15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water and patting dry.
Because of the potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and loads of vitamins such as A, B, E, and F, this mask acts as a restorative solution for anyone over the age of 30. It also helps to gradually remove fine lines and wrinkles,while also keeping your skin hydrated.
And thanks to the vitamin E, one of the most powerful bioactive antioxidants out there, free radicals don’t stand a chance on your skin. Helping you to look younger with only a few uses of this mask.
Again, the best part about this mask? Well, other than the anti-aging benefits is the price. For less than $2 per use you will be breaking down those lines and wrinkles, and not your bank account.
If however, you’re not the DIY’ing type of gal you could always boggie on over to our list of the best anti-aging creams of 2012…well….so far.
Ahhhh I just love saving money while helping my skin to look better.
Now what about you? Do you know of any super awesome, super cheap, homemade face masks that we skincare lovin’ sistahs should know about?
If so, share ’em in the comment section below! Or if you have any questions or comments, let ’em fly below! We love hearing from our readers so don’t be shy, speak yo’ mind!
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