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Winter is the time to up the ante on your skin with some extra TLC.

Healthy eating and food provides untold benefits to your insides, but can do amazing things for your outsides as well, particularly your face.

Face masks help to hydrate skin, remove excess oils, improve the appearance of pores and flush out impurities but you don’t necessarily need to find the solution in a jar – there are natural wonders inside your pantry that can help you to have glowing and healthy skin.

A search on Google for healthy face masks will provide endless options for face masks to suit you – I have featured four easy to make and apply masks that contain some of nature super-foods.

Use organic products wherever possible and manuka honey if your budget allows.

As with everything, make sure you check that the ingredients are right for you and your skin.

Honey and Yoghurt Mask

Honey is one of  nature’s super-foods.  When applied to the face it hydrates and the antioxidants will help repair skin and protect against environmental damage.  The lactose in yoghurt helps to dissolve dead skin cells, minimise pores and leaves skin smooth and silky.

Bentonite Clay Mask

Another one of nature’s wonders, there are many benefits to applying a betonite clay mask including shedding dead skin cells, reducing redness and inflammation, drawing out toxins and will leave skin soft and supple.

I use it simply by mixing clay with water to make a paste but you may like to inlcude other ingregdients such as honey, yoghurt or oats.

Avocado Mask

Avovados are a rich source of vitamins A, B, and E and amino acids that will soothe and moisturise skin.  Rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, avocados can help lock in moisture and maintain supple skin.  They have even been said to prevent future wrinkles but I am unsure if there is proven evidence of this.

Mix ½ mashed avocado, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey.

Rolled Oats

Recently I met a beautiful woman who I was amazed to learn was in her early 60’s.  Her skin suggested much younger – it was smooth with hardly any lines. I asked her what her secret was and she said rolled oats which she had been using daily for many years.  Unfortunately I have lost her recipe but there are many oatmeal mask recipes containing ingredients such as honey, olive oil, egg yolk.

For a simple mask, blend oats in a food processor or blender to make a fine powder, add honey and water to make a paste.


[This post originally appeared on this site June 2017]

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