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At-home face masks that won't break the bank

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If I told you we were going to make something and some of the ingredients were milk, honey, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and egg whites, what would your first guess be? A cake? Muffins? Some deliciously gooey cookie?

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While all of those things sound delicious and DO use those ingredients, you would probably be shocked to hear they're all used to create different face masks as well. And using simple ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen not only saves you a trip to the grocery store, but money too.

While I'm not debating the benefits of store-bought lotions and potions, sometimes spending upwards of fifty dollars on one bottle is not in your monthly budget -- and that's okay. The following recipes are homemade masks that are sure to help or heal a variety of skin problems.

Depending on your skin type and needs, there are a variety of masques you can make. However, if you have extremely sensitive skin, make sure to check with a dermatologist before trying these or any store-bought products.

Exfoliating

Because our skin needs to breathe in order to repair itself, exfoliating is an important part of any skincare routine. For a great exfoliating mask, try this the next time you find yourself with dull or blackhead-riddled skin. (And no, kitty litter is not a good way to exfoliate just because Snooki admits to trying it!)

You'll need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey

Combine 1 teaspoon sugar with a 1/2 teaspoon of honey, adding in lemon juice sparingly. If the mixture is too thick, add more lemon juice. If you accidentally add to much and it seems loose, sprinkle in some sugar until you get the desired consistency.
(www.sheknows.com)

Moisturizing

Moisturizing keeps wrinkles at bay and leaves the skin soft and supple. The next time your skin is feeling extra-dry or just needs a pick-me-up, try this simple recipe.
You'll need:

  • A ripe Avocado
  • Yogurt
  • Olive Oil
  • Honey

Combine the ripe avocado, a tablespoon of plain yogurt, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and one tablespoon of honey together thoroughly. Apply to face and let sit for 20 minutes. After rinsing, apply a moisturizer of your choice to seal in the moisturizing benefits.
(anationofmoms.com)

Acne-Fighting

No one likes to deal with zits. To help prevent the occasional outbreak or to soothe already irritated skin, try this strawberry mask. The salicylic acid helps dry out pimples and prevent new ones from forming and is found naturally in strawberries.
You'll need:

  • Strawberries
  • Egg white
  • Honey

Mix 1/4 cup of strawberries, 1/2 an egg white, and 1 teaspoon of honey together in a bowl. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.
(www.home-remedies-site.com)

Soothing

Too much sun, wind, free radicals, stress... you name it and it can probably irritate your skin, causing redness and sensitivity. To help combat this and restore balance, try this following recipe. And I know it sounds yummy, but try not to eat it instead!
You'll need:

  • Cocoa
  • Honey
  • Heavy Cream
  • Oatmeal Powder

Combine 1/3 cup of cocoa, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of heavy cream, and 3 tablespoons of oatmeal powder together. Massage gently into skin and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm -- not hot -- water.
(gourmandeinthekitchen.com)

These masks are just the tip of the iceberg. Type homemade masks into any search engine and the results are endless. For other common household products and how they can help your skin, click through the accompanying slideshow. Good skin is just a click away!

What natural items do you use to keep your skin looking fresh? Drop me a line at gilbertexaminer@gmail.com and be sure to like my Facebook page: facebook.com/gilbertexaminer.

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