Everybody knows that many of the foods we eat can also be used as natural remedies for glowing skin. These kitchen ingredients have a dual purpose; they not only work from the inside out but from the outside in too. The problem is – how do you decide if you should wear it or eat it? With these recipes you can now have you mask and eat it too! These natural remedies for glowing skin masks include ingredients that are slated for the trash bin, so nothing is every wasted.
Instant Oatmeal Packets
There is always one flavor of instant oatmeal packets that no one likes. Instead of them taking up cupboard space just use it as a face mask. The oatmeal absorbs oil on the skin, exfoliates, calms irritated skin and moisturizes. Follow the instructions on the packet; just add less water to make it a thicker paste. Once it has cooled apply to the face, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash off with cool water. The extra oatmeal can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to a week.
Papaya is great to eat but the papaya skin is filled with antioxidant and an enzyme known as Papain. This enzyme cleans impurities and dead skin cells from the face. Just rub the inner part of the skin on your face and let it dry. Finish by washing your face with cool water. Extra skins can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Banana bread isn’t the only thing these are great for; bananas are rich in vitamins which make them the perfect anti-aging mask. They also include essential vitamins and minerals such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid which is vital for the skin. Just mash half of the banana with one teaspoon of honey and apply to you face. Leave it on until it dries, than wash off with cool water. The honey is a natural anti-inflammatory with antibacterial and antioxidant qualities.
While you are sitting back and relax with a mask, you can also treat your eyes to a little extra TLC. Don’t throw away your teabags after you use them; put them in the refrigerator to chill. Applying them to your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes will help eliminate dark circles under the eyes and puffiness. The Tannin in tea is a natural anti-inflammatory and it corrects discoloration.