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Quick And Easy: 20 Homemade Facial Masks That Work

Quick And Easy: 20 Homemade Facial Masks That Work

Getting a facial mask is a great experience. You can go to a spa and get treated like a princess. You feel beautiful when you walk out. No wonder, your skin is fresh and is likely glowing. But, often it is also expensive and takes a lot of time.

So if you want to feel beautiful, and spend less money, I’ve got a solution for you! Homemade facial masks. They’re easy to make, quick to do and still give you that beautiful skin you’ve been waiting for!

Let’s see what the options are.

1. Freshening Oatmeal Mask

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    The main ingredient in the first facial mask will be oatmeal. If you’re tired and need to feel and look better, this one is a winner. Mix half a cup of warm or hot (not boiling) water with 1/3 cup of oatmeal. Let it set for about 3 minutes. Then mix in 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 egg white. Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and enjoy your fresh skin! (Try not to clog your sink by putting a strainer in first.)

    2. Hydrating Beer Mask

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      Beer on your skin works miracles. It dissolves dead skin cells and keeps your skin’s elasticity in good condition. Combine 1 egg white, half a cup of beer and 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice. Smear on your skin and rinse with warm water after about 10 minutes.

      3. Softening Banana Facial

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        Banana is moisturizing and softening for your skin. If you want a quick update for your skin, try mashing up one ripe banana into a paste. Put it on your skin and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water and enjoy!

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        4. Smoothing Honey Papaya Mask

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          This combination of honey and papaya is ideal for when you have hyperpigmentation, sun spots or uneven skin tone. Blend together 2 tablespoons of honey and half a cup of ripe, mashed papaya. Apply to your face and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize your skin!

          5. Replenishing Cocoa Facial

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            The coffee in this mask fights puffiness, the cocoa is anti-aging and the yogurt replenishes lost moisture. This facial mask is an all-in-one winner. Combine 2 tablespoons of ground coffee, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 tablespoons of yogurt. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water, massaging your face gently.

            6. Drinkable Strawberry Mask

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              Drinkable? Yeah, if you like, you could drink this recipe as a smoothie. But the benefits are equally great for your outsides. This facial mask is great for oily skin, since the strawberry helps control acne. Mix and mash 1/4 cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply over your whole face. Wipe it off with a warm facecloth after 10 minutes, rinsing with cold water after that. Gently pat your face dry.

              7. Masculine Facial Mask

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                Your man may not love facial masks as much as you do, but his skin probably needs it. This mask is great for weathered or hurt skin. It’s soothing and moisturizing. Put half a cucumber through a food processor until it’s pulp, and then mix 1 tablespoon full-fat Greek yogurt in by hand. Apply evenly over the face, and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

                8. Refreshing Pumpkin Facial

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                  Pumpkin contains lots of vitamin A and C. This facial mask will leave your skin hydrated and looking younger. Blend together 2 cups of canned pumpkin, 4 tablespoons of low-fat vanilla yogurt, 4 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Cover your face in the mixture and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

                  9. Rejuvenating Yogurt Mask

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                    Yogurt is one of those super amazing ingredients that we should never get enough of. It’s good for purifying skin, helps clear blemishes and reduces fine wrinkles. Mix 1 cup Greek yogurt with 3 drops of almond or olive oil and a tablespoon of honey. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing and patting dry.

                    10. Sticky Maple Syrup Mask

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                      Maple syrup is loaded with antioxidants that repair damaged skin. Stir together 1 tablespoon warm milk and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Add 3 tablespoons finely ground oats and stir again. Massage the mixture gently onto your face. Leave on for about 20 minutes and rinse off. Moisturize afterwards.

                      11. Moisturizing Avocado Mask

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                        Avocados are super healthy to eat, but also great for healthy skin. If your skin is dry, this is the best facial mask for you. Mix together 1 avocado, 1 egg white, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse it off with warm water. For the best result, do this twice a week.

                        12. Brightening Turmeric Facial

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                          Turmeric is delicious in Indian dishes, but it is also used to brighten skin. If you have darker skin and would like your skin to look brighter, try this facial mask. It’s very healthy for your skin, but be careful using it! It will stain your skin. The stain wears off after a few hours, but if you need to go out and you look sallow, you won’t feeling amazing.

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                          Combine 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 2 tablespoons flour, 3 drops of honey and 2 tablespoons olive oil (for dry skin) or 1/4 cup of plain yogurt and some lemon juice (for oily skin). Stir slowly and apply to your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to take the mask off. (The washcloth will stain!)

                          13. Green Clay Mask

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                            Clay facial masks are amazing. I personally love them so much. They feel great to apply and leave your skin feeling super soft. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to watch out what exactly you’re using, but for normal or oily skin, this is great. The main ingredient for this mask is green clay or Bentonite clay. Add 2 teaspoons of honey and water and jojoba oil. Mix about 2 parts liquid with 1 part clay. Once applied, leave it on for 15 minutes. Remove with a warm, steaming washcloth.

                            14. Tea Sweetening Facial

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                              This mask could be use to sweeten your tea, but it’s also great to exfoliate your skin. Combine 1 tablespoon of honey with half a teaspoon of nutmeg and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Rub it on your skin and leave it for about 20 minutes. Gently take it off with warm water and a washcloth. Try this mask on a little bit of skin first, since some skin types are easily irritated by the nutmeg or cinnamon.

                              15. Radiant Orange Mask

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                                So, I was researching some great facial masks, when I noticed this little gem. It’s amazing for moisturizing your skin and will make it look radiant. And I really love using orange. It always makes you feel so refreshed! Stir together half a cup steel-cut oats, juice from one orange, 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and 2 teaspoons of dried orange peel. Spread evenly on your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

                                16. Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Mask

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                                  This is the simplest mask you’ll find on the internet! It’s just 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil. Gently rub it on your face in circular motions, leave it on your face for a few minute and wash it off. The result is a super soft and glowing skin. The sugar rubs off all the dead skin cells and the oil moisturizes. Enjoy!

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                                  17. Perfect Potato Facial

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                                    Potato is great for your skin. It helps with pigmentation, scars, and pimples. It’s even anti-aging! Take a small potato, or part of a potato, and grate it finely. Combine it with 1 tablespoon of powdered oats and 1 teaspoon of honey. Let it set for 2 minutes, then apply to your face. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. If you have a lot of pigmentation, you can use this mask more often.

                                    18. Organic Lavender Mask

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                                      Lots of people have lavender in their garden, and don’t use it! Lavender is great for all kinds of things, like tea or for making a facial mask. It fights acne and it just smells fabulous. Combine 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon lavender blossom. Apply on a clean face and leave for 5 to 10 minutes. Wash off and moisturize your skin afterwards.

                                      19. Revitalizing Watermelon Mask

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                                        As you probably know, watermelon is full of water and vitamins. No wonder it’s amazing for your skin! It hydrates and revitalizes withered skin cells. The yogurt is great for moisturizing and fighting acne. Mash up 1/4 of a fresh melon and stir in 1 teaspoon of yogurt. Apply and leave it on for 15 minute before washing it off.

                                        20. Healing Mint Mask

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                                          Mint is delicious and amazing for fixing your skin problems. It reduces blemishes and it has a cooling effect on your skin. Put 8 mint leaves in a blender, adding half a cucumber, one egg white, 1/4 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of apple juice. After blending this together, apply it to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off and enjoy your fresh skin!

                                          Featured Photo Credit: Oatmeal by Christian Schnettelker, Beer, Bananas, Honey Drip, Cocoa, Strawberries, Cucumber, Pumpkin, Yogurt, Maple Syrup, Avocado, Turmeric, Clay, Nutmeg, Orange, Sugar, Potatoes by the United Soybean Board, Lavender, Watermelon and Mint.

                                          Featured photo credit: eilidh_wag via flickr.com

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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                          Video Summary

                                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                        How to hold a plank position

                                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                          • Prolapse
                                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                          • Previous childbirth
                                                          • Overweight

                                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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