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How to make your own face masks

From: Karma Life Aromatherapy,

How to make your own face masks

A face mask is a great way to brighten and deep cleanse the face. I find they are especially good to use during the winter months, when our skin is looking dull and grey due to the lack of sunlight and excessive central heating we use.

All the following face masks are easy to make and you should have most of the ingredients in your kitchen right now!

Avocado and honey mask

This is especially good for mature skin.

Mash up the flesh of an avocado and add 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice & 1 teaspoon of plain natural yogurt. Mix into a paste until you get a good thick consistency. Pop the mixture in the fridge for 30 mins and then apply to the face and leave for a minimum of 10 minutes. Remove with a flannel and cool water.

Exfoliating strawberry mask

This is great for all skin types and is my favourite, as you can actually feel it tightening the skin and it leaves your skin feeling SO smooth !

Take some fine oatmeal and mash in some strawberries (the riper the better). Mash to a thick paste and then add some plain natural yogurt, which is wonderfully cooling on the skin. Mix together, making sure that you keep a thick consistency and adding more oatmeal if you need to. Place in the fridge for 30 mins to cool. Apply to face and relax for at least 10 minutes.

Remove the mask with a flannel soaked in cool water. Then feel the texture of your skin - so smooth ! If you have any rose water, then you can add some to this mask for an extra toning effect.

Banana mask

This is excellent for dry skin.

Mash 1 ripe banana with 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and mix into a paste. If you would like an exfoliating effect, then add some fine oatmeal. Apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes, rinsing off with a flannel soaked in cool water.

Why not try one of these recipes? They are all 100% natural, good for your skin, they smell divine and are great fun to make! You could try making these during a get together with a group od friends or even at a teenagers sleepover! I have many teenagers at my workshops who come with their mums (and grandmas!), so this works for all ages.

Next time I will be bringing you more natural beauty recipes to try, including more face products but also some lovely recipes for the hands and feet.

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Susanna Lewis is the director/founder of Karma Life Aromatherapy in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. As well as offering treatments and workshops, Susanna also produces her own skincare range which is 100% natural, along with a new range of soy candles.

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