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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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                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                          I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                          If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                          1. The Inner Critic

                                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                          • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                          2. The Worrier

                                          This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                          The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                          3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                          This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                          How can you control these squatters?

                                          How to Master Your Mind

                                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                          1. For the Inner Critic

                                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                          This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                          2. For the Worrier

                                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tense

                                          Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                          Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                          For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                          Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                          3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                          Breathe in through your nose:

                                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                                          Breathe out through your nose:

                                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                          4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                          2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                          From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                          • Shut down your thinking
                                          • Calm your feelings
                                          • Simply focus on the present moment

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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