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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!

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                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                          1. Nuts

                                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                          2. Blueberries

                                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                          3. Tomatoes

                                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                          4. Broccoli

                                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                          6. Soy

                                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                          7. Dark Chocolate

                                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                          10. Gingko Biloba

                                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                          11. Green and Black Tea

                                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                          Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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