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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.

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                                          Last Updated on February 20, 2019

                                          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                          Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                          Why is this so critically important to you?

                                          The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                          Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                          1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                          Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                          When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                          • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                          • The man facing the judge.
                                          • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                          • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                          • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                          • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                          These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                          Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                          Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                          2. Accept Your Fear

                                          Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                          We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                          And here’s what can be done.

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                                          3. Get Some Perspective

                                          I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                          And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                          That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                          We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                          So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                          • Are you really at risk?
                                          • Will this kill you?
                                          • Which leads us on to..
                                          • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                          4. Hold a Hand

                                          As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                          Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                          We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                          Ask yourself:

                                          • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                          • Could that really happen?
                                          • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                          • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                          By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                          5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                          This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                          Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                          The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                          It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                          For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                          Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                          6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                          I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                          Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                          Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                          Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                          Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                          Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                          7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                          Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                          I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                          It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                          One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                          Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                          It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                          8. Assume the Worse

                                          If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                          Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                          • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                          • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                          • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                          And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                          When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                          Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                          9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                          If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                          Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                          Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                          10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                          One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                          11. Go with Fear

                                          When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                          I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                          Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                          One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                          However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                          We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                          12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                          And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                          The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                          What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                          13. Own Your Fear

                                          Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                          We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                          You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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