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Herbal face masks can be used to target the specific needs of your skin, and can even be made at home with easily available ingredients.
The use of herbs for skincare dates back thousands of years. Before we could go to the local drugstore and pick up a facial cleanser, mask, or moisturizer, our ancestors had to make do with what was available to them. Fortunately, there are a huge number of herbs that have beneficial effects on the skin.
Whether you have acne, dry or greasy skin, there’s an herb that can help. If you simply want to refresh and rejuvenate your skin, there’s an herb for that, too.
The following are natural herbal face masks you can make yourself.
Acne isn’t just a teenage condition. Anyone can experience pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes on their skin. This might be something you deal with once in a while, but it could also be a chronic problem. In either case, clay is great for soaking up oil and grease on your skin, which helps keep pores clear. The herbs used have anti-inflammatory and healing properties. They’ll help clear up existing acne and prevent future breakouts.
- 1 teaspoon dried calendula
- 1 teaspoon dried white willow bark
- 1 teaspoon dried arnica
- Aloe vera juice
- 1 tablespoon French green clay
- 1 tablespoon bentonite or white kaolin clay
- 2 teaspoons zinc oxide
Powder the calendula, white willow bark, and arnica in a coffee grinder. Then, run them through a sieve to remove large pieces, which you can discard.
Put the aloe vera, clay, and zinc oxide through the coffee grinder. Combine with the herbs and blend well.
To use, mix the clay with warm water to reach the desired consistency. Spread evenly over your face. Once the mask dries, rinse with warm water and moisturize as usual.
The blend of ingredients in this mask packs a powerful punch for relaxing stressed-out skin and restoring its natural beauty. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, which come from UV rays, helping skin look young and fresh. Hydrating your skin is also important because it helps mask the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Finally, applying the soothing mixture is relaxing. A relaxed body and brain often translate to better-looking skin.
- ¼ cup oat flour
- 2 tablespoons dried chamomile
- 2 tablespoons dried rose petals
- 4 drops cardamom essential oil
Combine the chamomile and rose petals in a blender and pulse until they reach a very fine consistency. Add the oat flour and essential oil and blend well.
To use, combine 1 teaspoon of the mixture with water to create a thick paste. Add a few drops of your favorite serum, if desired. Apply to your skin, wait 15 minutes, then rinse well with warm water. Follow with a moisturizer or serum.
Exfoliating is important because it helps remove dead skin cells, built-up skincare products, and other debris from your face. When this happens, you are essentially removing a few top layers of your skin. This reveals the younger, fresher skin beneath. Not only will it make you appear younger, but your skin will also be more receptive to the skincare products you use, enabling them to penetrate deeper and provide more benefits. This easy mask smells delicious and is great for anti-aging your facial skin.
- ½ tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
Combine the milk and nutmeg. Apply it to your skin in small circles, massaging gently as you go.
Allow the mask to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Finish with your favorite moisturizer.
Ayurveda is a philosophy that embraces the use of herbs to achieve wellness and balance in all areas of your life. That includes skincare. The blend of herbs used in this facial mask cleanses and refreshes your skin. The result is a fresh, young-looking face that is acne-free and healthy.
- ½ teaspoon organic neem leaf powder
- ½ teaspoon organic Triphala powder
- ½ teaspoon organic peppermint leaf (this is optional)
- Organic rose, peppermint, or cucumber hydrosol
Mix the first three ingredients in a small container. Add the hydrosol until you get a thick paste.
To use, apply to your face, being careful to avoid your eyes. Let the mask sit for 5 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water, gently using a washcloth to remove any residue. Rinse again to remove any lingering particles.
This soothing mask will help fight inflammation on your face. The turmeric chamomile face mask can help control redness and acne. It also has antibacterial properties so it cleanses your face, prevents breakouts, and keeps your skin clear. Turmeric might also reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
- Contents of 2 turmeric tea bags
- 1 teaspoon organic, raw local honey
- 1 teaspoon Greek yogurt
Combine the ingredients well.
To use, gently apply to your face. Allow the mask to dry completely, then rinse with warm water. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
When you look in the mirror, do you see a dull complexion? Do you want to get your fresh youthful skin back? Here’s the mask for you. The Gotu kola is anti-inflammatory, so it fights redness and irritation. The marshmallow root is super hydrating, helping to firm and plump your skin to smooth wrinkles and fine lines. The combination of ingredients in this mask can also blur age spots, repair skin, boost collagen and exfoliate.
- ½ teaspoon kaolin clay
- ½ teaspoon French green clay
- ¼ teaspoon Gotu kola powder
- ¼ teaspoon marshmallow root powder
- 1 teaspoon purified water
Mix the clay and powder in a small bowl. Add the water and stir to combine.
To use, spread half the mixture on your face, exfoliating in small circles as you go. Top with the remaining half of the mixture.
Rinse with warm water before the mask dries. Follow with moisturizer or serum.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can mix and match herbal tea bags to target the skin conditions you’re dealing with. The oats work to exfoliate your skin so it’s more receptive to moisturizing ingredients. Well-hydrated skin looks younger and healthier, so this mask is a great addition to your skincare routine.
- ¼ cup dried herbs (loose or from about 8 tea bags)
- ¼ cup oat flour
Place the herbs in a blender and pulse until powdered. Add the oats and mix well.
To use, combine 1 tablespoon of the mixture with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
Massage the mask into your skin before a shower. Leave it on during your shower. The steam will help the ingredients penetrate better. Wash off at the end of your shower.
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Chamomile is a soothing herb that is great for inflammation and breakouts. It has a calming effect on your skin that is ideal for a nighttime face mask. The addition of almonds adds vitamin E and the oats help exfoliate your face.
- 1 pot chamomile tea
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- 2 drops almond oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
Combine the ingredients to form a thick paste.
To use, wash your face, then apply the mask to damp skin. Give the mask about 7 minutes to dry. Rinse with cold water.
In this mask, turmeric is used to exfoliate your skin. It also infuses your skin with antioxidants, which fight free radicals that lead to aging and skin cell breakdown. This mask is great for getting a healthy, glowing complexion before a big event. You can also use it on an everyday evening for a quick pick me up for the next day.
- ½ teaspoon organic whole milk yogurt
- ½ teaspoon organic witch hazel
- ½ teaspoon activated charcoal
- ¼ organic ground turmeric
Mix the yogurt, charcoal, and turmeric in the blender until smooth. Add the witch hazel until you reach the desired consistency.
To use, apply to your face with a brush or your fingers. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, or until it dries. Wash with warm water and follow with a face oil or serum.
Rosemary is great for its cleansing properties, leaving your skin fresh and ready for your skincare products. Added to avocado, you also get some great moisturizing benefits. Rosemary is easy to find and it’s simple to use. You’ll love the smell of this mask, as well as the healthy, glowing skin you’ll have when you wash it off.
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
- 2 tablespoons natural yogurt
Grind the rosemary leaves until they are a fine powder. Combine with the avocado oil. Strain this mixture, then combine it with the yogurt.
To use, apply the mask to your face. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and moisturize with your favorite product.
Making an Herbal Face Mask
Making an herbal face mask isn’t complicated. DIY masks are ideal because they enable you to control the ingredients used so you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. This enables you to choose the herbs and other items that will target your skincare needs.
Making an herbal face mask doesn’t require any fancy equipment. A blender is perfect for creating the powders you need. A food processor or mortar and pestle also work if you prefer those tools. A few measuring cups and spoons make it easy to measure the right amounts of your ingredients. Storage containers allow you to keep leftovers for later use. You can certainly apply these masks using your hands, but a large brush also comes in handy for that purpose. Remember to always clean your gadgets, tools, and containers very well after use.
There are many benefits of using herbal skincare as part of your routine. It can help combat acne, keep your skin clean and clear, fight off the signs of aging and ward off skin impurities. As opposed to skincare products you can buy at stores or pick up from your dermatologist, herbal skincare uses only natural ingredients without any harmful chemicals. You’ll know exactly what you’re putting on your face. Herbal skin care is ideal for sensitive skin, but it is also a good choice for other skin types.
One thing to remember is that though all these masks use natural ingredients, there is no guarantee that your skin will not have an adverse reaction to one or a combination of them. If you notice long-lasting redness, experience soreness or itching, stop using the face mask immediately.
Never rub your facial skin vigorously or with something that has a rough surface. All herbal masks should be applied gently and with a circular motion for the best effects.
Some of the ingredients listed above may sound unusual or exotic but you should be able to find them online, in an Asian supermarket/food store or at a health store.
Once you’ve seen what herbal masks can do for your skin, you’ll never go back to the chemical-laden store-bought products.
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