Hey loves!
So as I mentioned in my last article, I wanted to make a post about face masks. If you haven't already read the article, I'll now tell you that I have severe hormonal cystic acne, which I am currently covering from.

I have been advised to use more natural methods to threat my acne and scars so I'll be sharing them!

brightening your complexion and making your skin glow

mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with one tablespoon of natural yoghurt and honey

Apply to your skin and leave it on until it's dry or for about 15 mins. You may need to cleanse your skin again as the turmeric may leave a yellow stain but it will come off after you use toner.

  • Turmeric is great in giving a natural glow to your skin as it is very pigmented. However, it can stain your skin so I recommend if you have a fairer skin tone, use half a teaspoon and people with medium and dark skin tones to use the full teaspoon. It has anti-inflammatory properties from its main active ingredient, curcumin. This means it can help to heal any pimples, redness, and burns.
  • Natural yoghurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid which dissolves dead skin cells. This means your skin will be left with a new layer that glows. It is great for any skin type as it moisturises, tightens your pores and is cooling to the skin to calm any inflammation down.
  • Honey is anti-bacterial, meaning it's great for acne and other inflammation on your skin. It helps to smooth and heal scars on your face as well as moisturising it. Be careful though, it is obviously sticky!
mix a few drops of lemon juice with turmeric and raw milk

This mixture is a little runny but if you add less milk, it might be okay. I personally use this on my acne or scars or area's on my face with hyper-pigmentation.

  • Lemon is known for its brightening properties and when applies to scars, it may help to lighten their appearance. Always be careful when handling lemon or acidic fruit on your face as it may burn your skin if you have any open cuts or wounds so please be careful and as I said, try not to use this all over your face, only as a spot treatment.
  • Raw Milk is great as a natural toner and it helps to clean and soothe your skin. Cleopatra wasn't totally crazy to bathe in it! It works wonders in moisturising your skin whilst giving it radiance and a glow.

oily-acne prone skin

mix one teaspoon of gram/chickpea flour with one teaspoon of fenugreek powder, one tablespoon of natural yoghurt and some aloe vera

Apply to your skin and leave on until dry.

  • Chickpea Flour is good at fighting acne as the zinc in chickpeas can fight infections and help with oily skin. Also, the fibre stabilises blood sugar levels (which can stress your hormones).
  • Fenugreek is naturally anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, making it great to use on acne prone skin. It's light exfoliation can help to make your skin glow and lighten any scars left behind from previous acne.
  • Aloe Vera is amazing at cooling inflamed skin down. It penetrates under your seven layers of skin, so it really does target the source of your skin's problems. Its great to heal your scars and active acne. It's anti-inflammatory and known for treating sunburn, as it helps to heal any wounds.
mix one teaspoon of neem powder with tulsi/dried basil powder and natural yoghurt with a splash of rose water

The consistency may seem watery with the rose water, if so, add more neem or tulsi, or add fenugreek or turmeric to thicken it.

  • Neem had antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties to help treat active breakouts. It is known to treat eczema, so itchy or irritable skin can be healed by neem.
  • Tulsi or Basil Powder has antibacterial and anti-fungal agents to heal acne and is great at lightening the appearance of scars, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.
  • Rose Water is an antiseptic and has anti-microbial properties. It helps to treat acne and aids in the fading of acne scars. It's better for people with sensitive skin, as it is not harsh and most likely won't irritate your skin.
mix Calcium Bentonite Clay with Apple Cider Vinegar or Water

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aztec-Secret-Indian-Healing-Facial/dp/B0014P8L9W

This is (in my opinion) quite harsh, so I use this about once a month, whereas I switch between the other masks every week or two.

  • Calcium Bentonite Clay is able to bind to bacteria and toxins living on the surface of the skin and within pores to extract these from the pores. This helps to reduce the outbreak of blemishes, alleviate redness, and also to fight allergic reactions.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can help to absorb the oil on your face and has anti-bacterial properties to help cure acne.

This mask is very harsh and after a while as it begins to dry down, you will feel your skin "pulsate" and it will feel itchy and tingly. That's how I know it's done so I use a hot flannel towel to take it off. The box says you'll experience redness at first but I find that it clears up after 20 mins. I do see an immediate difference in my skin, the size of my breakouts decrease and I genuinely feel cleaner.

LUSH face masks

These a fresh, handmade and actually effective. My favourites are Cupcake for oily skin (which smells SO delicious like chocolate. It's good enough to eat), Mask of Magnaminty for acne (which is sooo minty and yummy), and Don't Look at Me for a fresh, clean and glowing complexion (I love the colour of this and the smell).

  • https://uk.lush.com/products/cupcake
  • https://uk.lush.com/products/face-mask/mask-magnaminty
  • https://uk.lush.com/products/dont-look-me

dry skin

mash up half a banana and mix it with natural yoghurt and honey
  • Bananas contain vitamin A which restores any lost moisture and repairs damaged, dull, and dry skin. They also contain good amounts of vitamin C that helps in maintaining the natural and youthful glow. The enzymes found in bananas can help to dissolve dead skin cells on the surface of your skin.
  • Natural yoghurt is a great moisturiser for your skin and has a cooling effect to treat irritated skin.
  • Honey will naturally lock in the moisture in your skin, thereby reducing dryness and itching of the skin. With regular use, honey makes your skin radiant and supple, with no patches of dry or flaky skin. Honey also has anti-bacterial properties that will keep skin infections at bay.
mix half a mashed avocado with a splash of milk and aloe vera
  • Avocado contain's healthy fats is rich in vitamin E and A that help to nourish your skin as well as treat flaky, irritable skin conditions such as psoriasis.
mix half a spoon of porridge oats with milk and leave it to soak for 10 mins. Once you see the milk has been soaked up and the oats have expanded and become softer, apply to your skin.
  • Oats are a great emollient for your skin and can help to lock in moisture. The gritty nature of oats makes it an excellent scrub for sensitive skins that cannot tolerate the usual exfoliators. Furthermore, Oats can help in the recovery of the eczematous skin by moisturising, restoring the skin barrier, reducing itching, and minimising inflammation.

So I hope these recipes come in handy, most of these ingredients can be found in most supermarkets or Asian/Cultural shops as well as online.
Leave me any messages about using these masks and how you found them as well as any questions you may have.
Thanks for reading, take care xx