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Celebrity Beauty Tip: Use Homemade Facial Masks! (With Recipes)

Celebrity Beauty Tip: Use Homemade Facial Masks! (With Recipes)

How much do you spend a year on creams, moisturizers, skin rejuvenators, and facial masks? You are probably spending way too much. At least, that’s what many beautiful female celebrities would tell you.

Homemade Facial Masks Work

Maybe it’s time to take a step back. In our hurried, harried existence, it seems just so easy to buy the latest trendy facial masks and feel good because we have what is touted as the best. Lots of celebrities, however, are using facial masks that were actually popular in your grandmother’s day and before. Here are their recommendations, followed by recipes to make your own. Super simple and super easy!

1. Miranda Kerr Loves Cucumbers

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    We have all seen photos of women with cucumber slices on their eyes, as a natural rejuvenator to get rid of dark circles and to tighten droopy skin. But cucumber is a humble little vegetable that has lots of nutrients that are found in most facial creams and masks. And there are recipes for both oily and dry skin.

    For Oily Skin:

    1. Wash face with warm water to open up your pores.
    2. Puree ½ of a cucumber (blender or food processor). Add 1 T. oatmeal and 1 T. honey and mix well. Massage the mixture into your face in a circular motion, and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry.

    For Dry Skin:

    1. Wash face with warm water
    2. Puree ½ of a small cucumber and add 1T yogurt
    3. Massage mixture into face with fingers and let sit 10-15”
    4. Wash off with cool water and pat dry.

    2. Julia Roberts Uses Honey for Her Dry Skin

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      Honey has been touted as a facial ingredient for years. It is filled with beneficial skin nutrients and is a wonderful hydrator for dry skin. Here is a recipe that combines honey, avocado, and coconut oil for hydration. You can do this as often as you like.

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      • 1 t. honey
      • 1 t coconut oil
      • ¼ very ripe avocado – you want it ripe so you can mash it easily with a fork.

      Mash the avocado with a fork. Add the honey and coconut oil and mix. The mixture will be thick. Put a thick layer on your entire face. Let is stay for 15 minutes. You will need to gently scrub this mask off. Then rinse quickly with cold water to close your pores. Amazingly silky skin!

      3. Katy Perry Prefers Egg Whites

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        Egg whites are great for tightening up large pores and exfoliating your skin, removing dirt from those pores. This is one of the easiest recipes ever, for all you need is one egg white.

        1. Separate the white from the yolk
        2. Beat or blend the white until foamy
        3. Apply it to your face after you have washed it with warm water to open your pores
        4. Let it stay on for 15 minutes. You will feel your skin tighten.
        5. Remove the mask with a washcloth of warm water.

        Katy Perry also mixes egg white with almond oil as a wrinkle prevention.

        4. Jessica Biel’s Favorite is Avocado

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          For dry skin, avocado is a perfect ingredient. A ripe avocado, mashed and put directly on your face is perfect for winter dryness. You just let it stand until the avocado dries up and then wash it off. Soft, smooth, hydrated skin!

          A nice variation of this is to add honey to the avocado, for even more hydration. Here’s a quick recipe:

          1. Mash a ripe avocado
          2. Add a mixture of 2 T hot water and 1 t honey
          3. Massage into face and leave on for 15 minutes. This mixture will not dry out like jut avocado will.
          4. Wash off with warm water and then splash with cold to close up your pores.

          5. Gal Gadot Goes Au Natural

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            This new “Wonder woman” hates makeup, although it is a fact of life in the movie industry. While she sometimes uses a cleansing oil to remove that makeup after a long day, her preferred method is this:

            1. Wet a face towel
            2. Put it in the microwave for a minute or so
            3. Lay the towel on your face and let the heat pull the makeup off as you gently wipe your face with that towel. Then wash your face as normal. Adding essential oils or lavender is a great stress reliever too.

            6. An Apple a Day for Chanel Iman

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              Iman’s facial preference is apple and honey.

              Mix ¼ of an apple and add 1 t honey. Apply to face and wash off after it has dried.

              Apple and honey face masks are used to revive tired looking and stressed skin. Because of the nutrients is both, and the antioxidant effects, this combination is dynamite. If you want a mask that is a bit thicker, follow this recipe:

              • 1 apple peeled and cored, cut up into pieces
              • 2 t honey

              Puree the apple in a blender or food processor. Add the honey and mix well. Plaster on your face and wait 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water; splash face with cold water, pat dry, and you are good to go with your glow.

              7. Hayden Panettiere Recommends Lemons and Vinegar

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                If you want more than just an acne wash and want to brighten your skin as well, here is a variation of Panettiere’s recipe:

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                • 2 T sour cream
                • 2 T honey
                • 1 t apple cider vinegar
                • 1 t lemon juice

                Wash you face with warm water. Apply this mixture and leave on for a minimum of 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water, followed by a cold splash. You can apply this mask twice a week for brighter, clearer skin.

                8. Beyonce Chooses Strawberries

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                  Beyonce suffers from oily skin, and her remedy it to cut a strawberry into two pieces, and rube them over your face as a “scrub” for about 5 minutes. Leave the juice on your face for another 5 minutes and then wash your face. You will have a smooth and no oily feel.

                  A variation of this facial treatment is to make a paste of strawberries and mix in a bit of lemon juice. You will need the following:

                  • 2-3 strawberries mashed very well (blender works well)
                  • 1 t. lemon juice

                  Combine the strawberries and lemon juice. Lather the mixture onto your face after you have washed it with warm water. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water, using your fingers instead of a cloth. Rinse with cold water to close your pores. The added lemon juice gives a bit more “kick” to oil removal.

                  9. Anne Hathaway’s Favorite Fruit is Banana

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                    Hathaway suffers from dry skin. Her remedy is a face mask made up of 1 banana, 2 T. honey and just a bit of water. Apply to your face and wait for 20 minutes. As smooth as the best moisturizer you can buy!

                    A variation of this mask is to add some lemon juice to act as a pore cleaner and also to lighten dark spots which tend to show up with middle-age. Here is the recipe:

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                    • 1 very ripe banana mashed
                    • 1 t. honey
                    • 1 t. fresh lemon juice (from a real lemon, please)

                    Mash the banana until it is lump-free and mix in the other two ingredients. Wash your face before using. You should layer the paste on pretty thickly and leave if for at least 15 minutes. Wash your face with warm water but no soap. Beautiful and super cheap.

                    10. Tyra Banks Declares War on Acne Breakouts

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                      Banks’s answer is to mix baking soda with a small amount of water until you have a paste. She is “sold” on the effects of this paste, but cautions that it should not be used more than 3 times per week.

                      Baking soda has been a known exfoliant for years and an ingredient that can help to clean out over-productive oil glands. When red with other common household ingredients, however, you can get even better effects. Here is a two-step process that will leave your pores cleaned out and give your skin a wonderfully smooth finish.

                      Step One: Mix 1 T. water with 1 ½ T. baking soda. It will be a thick liquid. Slather the mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes – longer if your skin is super oily.

                      Step Two: Mix 1 T. baking soda with 1 t. orange juice (no pulp). Rub this mixture in in a circular motion and leave on for 20 minutes this time. Rinse your face clean and apply a good moisturizer.

                      Our skin is important, and our facial skin probably the most important of all. After all, it is the very first piece of this largest organ of our body that is seen by others. We feel good when our face looks good. And that “feeling good” can enhance our mood, our attitude, and our whole outlook on an otherwise busy and stressful day.

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                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

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                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

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