Published: 01/17/2015 - Updated: 12/30/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Today we present you 11 natural herbal masks. Herbs are the most wonderful, accessible, and effective beauty remedies around. Herbs repair, rejuvenate, calm burning and itching, heal and repair, fight bacteria, wrinkles, marks, freckles, warts, infections, and a long list of other conditions, as well as moisturizing, softening, and even perfuming skin.
To take advantage of nature’s flowers as a greenery first-aid kit, all you need to do is learn the properties of each one, and prepare masks with them to give your skin all the elements they need to keep skin truly radiant.
Homemade Herbal Masks for the Skin
1. Chamomile Mask
Chamomile is calming, as well as moisturizing, an antioxidant and emolient, relives inflammation, softens and rejuvenates skin, helping create new cells. In order to prepare a mask with this herb, all you need to do is make a chamomile infusion in half a glass of boiling water, with one tablespoon of chamomile flowers. Mix this water with one tablespoon of yogurt and apply it to your face three times a week.
2. Ginseng Mask
Ginseng is a potent antioxidant, and rejuvenates skin as well as toning it. It stimulates cellular reparation. In order to take advantage of this plant, prepare an infusion wit half a cup of boiling water and mix with a bit of olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Moisten a towel and clean your face at night with the water. Leave it on your skin over night.
3. Green or Red tea and Oatmeal Mask
Green or red tea are wonderful at repairing cells. The also reduce inflammation and make skin soft again. Prepare a green tea infusion in half a cup of water, and mix a bit of oatmeal flakes in so the mixture thickens up. Wash your face with this water whenever you take a shower and you’ll notice how much it repairs your skin.
4. Aloe Vera Mask
Aloe is an excellent plant, one of the best known, for skin regeneration. It is an extraordinary cell regenerator, it activates skin cells, fighting wrinkles, weathered skin, marks and inflammation.
5. Garlic mask for fighting fungus
Garlic is a potent bactericide, which fights fungus and skin infections, like dermatitis, acne and black heads. In order to take advantage of its innumerable properties, just crush one clove of garlic and wrap it up in a piece of dressing. Then, squeeze the garlic into a bowl to extract the juice. Add the juice to one teaspoon of sugar-free yogurt, along with a few drops of lemon juice. Mix well and apply to the affected area. If the fungus is strong or persistent, leave a few garlic remnants on your skin for a bit before rinsing. We recommend using this remedy at night so your skin doesn’t smell like garlic throughout the day. Once you apply the mask, let it set for 10 minutes, then rinse with chamomile water.
6. Lavender mask
Lavender is relaxing and calms skin irritation, promoting cell repairs. Buy a container of lavender essential oil and mix two or three drops of the lavender in two tablespoons of olive or almond oil. Apply to dry withered skin, or massage yourself using your fingertips, wherever you have wrinkles.
7. Mint Mask
Mint is one of the most popular herbs in beauty. It has astringent properties, is a bactericide and refreshing. It is recommended whenever your skin tends to have black heads or impurities, like pimples. Prepare a mint infusion and use one tablespoon of this infusion, mixing it with two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Clean your face with the mixture.
8. Oatmeal and Peppermint Mask
Peppermint is another preferred herb because it too is also very calming and repairs and tones skin. Granulated and rolled oats, when moistened, help remove skin impurities when used as an exfoliator. Mix a bit of the peppermint infusion in one tablespoon of oatmeal, and scrub your face at night with the mixture. You’ll notice that your skin will look perfectly clean and repaired, and will also be well moisturized.
9. inger Mask to reduce inflammation
If you have inflamed, red, or acne-prone skin, try blending a big of fresh and well-washed ginger in half a cup of water. Then add two tablespoons of plain yogurt and mix well. Apply green clay to your skin and let it dry. Then, rinse and apply this mask to your skin, and let act for a few minutes. Rinse and apply aloe cream.
10. Lemon mask
Lemon is astringent, a bactericide, antioxidant, anti-fungal, emolient, etc. It is a super effective remedy for fighting acne, fungus, black heads, oily skin, cellulite, etc. Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl and use the juice to mix with two tablespoons of plain, sugar-free yogurt, one tablespoon of oats, and a few drops of tea tree oil. Mix extremely well and apply to your face, or the area you want to heal. Let set for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water and apply an aloe or honey cream.
11. Onion Mask
Onion is an excellent remedy for fighting itching and helping restore, repair, and regenerate skin. Onion also helps heal any wounds on skin. In order to benefit of onions, crush a piece of it into a piece of gauze, and once the gauze is well moistened with the onion juice, soak in warm water. Place the gauze over the affected area; it’s even good for eradicating fungus. Let set for a while, then remove and wash the area.
In addition to applying the masks once or twice a week, we recommend drinking at least two liters of water a day, and fresh vegetable juices made from carrots with celery. This is wonderful. You could also use prickly pear or aloe with pineapple juice. Remember to also keep a happy and flexible attitude in life, which allows the nutrients in these masks and foods to be absorbed much better.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/30/2017
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