Why would you want to make your own skincare products? I mean, there are hundreds, thousands even MILLIONS of commercial skincare products that you can simply go to the store and buy. So, why make your own? Recently I received the book, “Natural Beauty Alchemy” by Fifi Macaaron and it really breaks down the importance of your skin and why you really want to use the freshest ingredients, already naturally derived from nature, on your skin, because it’s just THAT important.
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If you really want to dive into natural skincare, this book is a must-read. You can check it out here.
I am going to share with you the breakdown of what your skin needs and 5 homemade face masks recipes from the book that will really re-vamp your skin.
Understanding The Importance Of Your Skin
Skin is the exterior organ that covers the human body, as well as the body of other vertebrate. It is the first layer that comes in contact with pretty much everything in our environment. Pollutants like smoke, dust, gases and UV exposure.
Your skin is your first line of defense, and it really could take a beating. This is why your skin is so important and you should treat it with the utmost care and thoughtfulness.
Vitamins and Minerals Your Skin Needs
Vitamins and minerals are valuable micronutrients essential for optimal body functions. A number of these are important for skin cell maintenance and renewal. (The things that keep your skin looked rejuvenated and healthy!)
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A is vital for skin health. Animal sources, like liver and eggs, provide these healthy sources of vitamin A. These foods provide retinol precursors. I am sure you have heard that word, “retinol” in every beauty commercial known to woman. It IS important to your skin, but it’s always best to get it naturally sourced, not man-made in a laboratory somewhere. Other sources of vitamin A are found in veggie sources, like carrots.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is also known as tocopherol and tocotrienol. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant and protects cells from free radicals and skin aging.
Vegetable oils and nuts are excellent dietary sources of vitamin E.
- Vitamin B5
This vitamin acts as a skin moisturizer and hydrator and is capable of improving skin elasticity and softness. It can also help in regeneration, counteract hair loss and is beneficial for nail and hair health.
Good source of Vitamin B5 are veggies, grains, legumes, eggs and milk.
- Vitamin C
Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It plays a huge role in collagen sythethis and works hard against damaging free radicals, slows wrinkle formation, skin aging, skin spots and sun damage.
Good sources of Vitamin C are grapes, organs, parsley, broccoli, strawberries, and potatoes.
Copper is a valuable trace mineral that plays important roles in the body and needed for collagen formation in the bones, connective tissues and skin. But be aware, too much copper can cause copper toxicity.
The best sources for natural copper are liver, oysters, tahini, sesame seeds, cashews, lobster and other nuts.
Manganese is a heavy metal and only needed in very trace amounts in the body. Whole grains, nuts and leave veggies should be more than enough manganese to promote healthy skin.
Silica plays a role in preserving the skin’s elsticity. The best food sources for silica are beans, leeks, cucumbers, celery, asparagus and mango.
Zinc is an essential mineral that has antioxidant properties and plays key roles in physiological development. Deficiency in zinc has been linked to acne, since zinc helps regulate hormones associated with acne.
The best food sources for natural zinc are pumpkin seeds and nuts, ginger, oats and eggs.
5 Homemade Face Masks Using Foods In Your Home
Egg White Skin-Firming Mask
Egg whites have a skin-tightening effect and have great quality proteins that support collagen. Combined with glycerin and yogurt, this formula will improve your skin feel and tone. Yogurt is acidic and will act as an exfoliate agent, assisting with cell renewal.
1 Egg White
Zest of 1/4 of a Lemon
1/2 Teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin (You can find it here)
1 Tablespoon Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Ground Oats (The ones I use are Bobs Red Mill. You can find them here)
1. Prepare this mix immediately prior to application. Using a whisk, mix the egg white with the lemon zest (to neutralize the egg’s smell) and then add glycerin, yogurt and whisk until homogenous.
2. Gradually sprinkle the ground oats and mix well.
3. Apply to a clean face and neck, avoiding the eyes. Wait 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with tepid water. Follow with your moisturizer.
Fruity Cocktail Mask
This mask is good for introducing a surge of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals to wipe away dullness and restore your skin’s natural defenses.
1/2 Ripe White Peach
1/2 Ripe Banana
1/4 Ripe Pear
10 Drops of Lemon Juice
1-2 TBS ground oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill brand. You can find them here)
1. Dice the fruits and puree them with a blender or a magic bullet (I use this one here)
2. Add lemon juice to the pureee to prevent discoloration
3. Sprinkle with enough ground oats to thicken the mix
4. Spread directly over clean face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
5. Sit in a recliner chair and wait 15 minutes before rinsing. Follow with your regulate moisturizer.
Brightening Veggie Mask
This mask is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will nourish and improve the look of your skin. The ginger really takes away toxins and brings essential nutrients to your skin’s cells.
1 Cup Boiled and Drained Potato, diced
1/2 TSP Lemon Juice
1 TSP Finely Chopped Parsley Leaves
1 Pinch Finely Grated Ginger
2 oz. Aloe Vera Gel (I love this one)
1. Mash the potatoes very well, avoiding lumps. Add lemon juice and parsley and grated ginger. Then mix. Gradually fold in the aloe vera gel and mix thoroughly until evenly distributed.
2. Spread on clean skin, face and neck, avoiding eye area.
3. Wash After 15 minutes unless tingling or other unpleasant skin reaction occurs. Follow with a moisturizer.
This mask is highly moisturizing and great for all skin types. You can make it during the hottest Summer months to replenish your skin’s lost nutrients.
1/3 English Cucumber, plus 2 slices for eyes.
1 Teaspoon Royal Jelly.(You will need the gel, not the capsule. You can find the jelly here)
2 Tablespoons Ground Oats (You will find this ingredient in a lot of mask recipes. You can find them here)
1. Pre-cut the cucumber, then puree with a blender or a Magic Bullet (I use this one here)
2. Add the royal jelly, mix and then gradually add the oatmeal, mixing continuously to achieve a paste-like texture.
3. Spread the mask on a clean face, avoiding eyes. Lie back and place cucumber slices on your eyes, flipping them over halfway through the 15 minute wait time.
4. Rinse off with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer.
Healthy Glow Mask
This mask is highly moisturizing and improves your skin’s glow by providing vitamin A, Vitamin E and other antioxidants.
1 TSP carrot seed oil (You can find this oil here)
1 TSP rice bran oil (I like this brand)
1 Ounce pureed cucumber
1 TSP vegetable glycerin or honey (Don’t have any vegetable glycerin? You can buy it here from Amazon)
1 TBS Ground Oats
1. Mix the oils and add 2 TBS of pureed cucumber, add glycerin or honey. Sprinkle with the ground oats and whisk vigorously.
2. Add oatmeal as needed to increase the thickness of the mask to your preferences and prevent dripping.
3. Use immediately after preparing, while nutrients are at their peak. Spread on a clean face and neck, avoiding eyes.
4. Leave on for 15 minutes and then wash with warm water. Apply a moisturizer.
Check out all of these amazing skincare recipes and tons more inside the “Natural Beauty Alchemy” Book. You can check it out here.
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Love & Light,