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Cucumber Face Mask Recipe

Most people use cucumber slice to sooth puffy eyes. However, cucumber can be used over the entire face to tighten the skin. For this cucumber mask you will need:

1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 tablespoon kaolin clay
1 tablespoon powdered oats

  1. Puree cucumber in blend or food processor until it becomes a mushy pulp.
  2. Strain through a fine mesh colander and place the strained pulp into a bowl.
  3. Add kaolin clay and powdered oats. The consistency you are looking for is a paste that will stay on the face when sitting upright.
  4. If the mixture isn’t thick enough, add more kaolin clay 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

When thoroughly mixed, apply to face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry.
cucumber face mask

Avocado Face Mask Recipe

Avocado Face Mask

avocado face maskThere are so many recipes out there for an avocado face mask, but no one ever tells you why avocados are good for the face.  The answer is simple.  Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat (the good kind of fat).  The omega-3 fatty acids have an effect on the skin when mashed avocados are applied to the face as a mask – it actually helps to plump up the skin which helps hide lines and wrinkles.

An avocado mask is used for dry skin because avocados contain a lot of natural oils (good fat, remember?).  So, the application works as a moisturizer.  Additionally the vitamins E and C found in avocados are good for the skin.  The vitamin C works crudely as a mild form of alpha hydroxy while the vitamin E contains antioxidant properties which are synonymous with anti-aging.  Avocados also contain several minerals such as iron, copper, potassium and magnesium.

Use a whole avocado to make enough facial mask for you and a friend.  Depending on the size of the avocado, it just might be enough for three people.  Invite a couple of friends over for a facial and lunch afterwards.  Sounds pretty relaxing.

Take one avocado, slice and remove the pit.  Chop into manageable pieces are drop into the food processor or blender.  Add two tablespoons water and two teaspoons honey and blend until creamy smooth.  If you’ve ever made hummus before, the texture is very similar.

Now, to present in true recipe form, we’ll go back over what you need.

1 soft avocado
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons honey

To apply the avocado mask, you may use a cosmetic sponge but its better to use your hands.  Apply to the face and neck, gently massaging in but not with the same firm hand as when you are trying to exfoliate.  Keep on between 20 and 30 minutes.  Remove by washing face with warm water.  When you give your face a final rinse in cool or cold water, it helps to shrink the pores back to normal size.

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