To help tighten up pores, add about a teaspoon of vodka to your skin lotion or toner. To quickly shrink pores (although temporary), rub an ice cube over areas with large pores.
Easy Cheap Mud Mask Skin Astringent
About 1/2 cup of dirt (any kind but clay based works best) mixed with enough water to form a thick paste
1 tablespoon of sour cream or buttermilk
Add the sour cream or buttermilk and mix well till smooth. Apply to face. Leave on till dry and wash off with warm water.
Revitalizing Mask for Normal to Oily Skin
Mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of nonfat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt. Spread mask over face and leave on 20-30 minutes while lying down.
Astringent, Oil Reducing, Tightening Mask
1 egg white
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sour cream
1-2 tablets of l-lysine amino acid supplement crushed
Mix well till smooth, apply to face and leave on 20 minutes, then rinse well with warm water.
Ancient Arab Ghassoul Clay Mask
Mix together clay (you can buy clay powders from health food stores or pharmacies or red clay used for crafts will also work), wheat germ, and a very strong infusion of chamomile tea to make a paste. Add a spoonful of olive oil, and let it dry in the sun. Reduce it to dust by pulverizing it in a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder. Whenever you need a mask for face or body, mix it with water for the desired consistency, apply to skin. Let it dry, and have a warm shower to rinse off. This mask cleans while drawing out excess oil and nourishes skin while making it very smooth.
Oily Skin Mask
1/4 tomato mashed and deseeded
3 teaspoons plain yogurt
1 teaspoon mashed cucumber
1 teaspoon aloe gel
3 teaspoons oatmeal
2 mint leaves (crushed)
Mix all well, apply to face and leave on 20 minutes then rinse with cold water.
Kitty Litter Oily Acne Mask
Kitty litter is nothing more than clay. Take just the cheap, plain kitty litter (make sure it's 100% clay litter and not with other ingredients or deoderants) and add enough to a beaten egg to make a paste, blend well till smooth and apply to face, avoiding eye area. Let dry and rinse well with warm water and soft cloth. Most any clay will help draw out impurities and excess oil from skin. Don't forget kitty litter is also a great absorbant material for soaking up and drawing out oil and grease from concrete and other hard porous surfaces.
Acne Hummus Mask
To hummus, plain or extra garlic (garlic is a good natural antibiotic that will help clear acne), add enough thickener (flour, ground oatmeal, wheat germ, etc) to make a thick paste and cover face avoiding eyes. Leave on 20 minutes then rinse with cold water. Hummus is made with chick peas and Asian women for centuries have used chick pea flour to brighten and lighten the dark spots caused by acne scarring.
Oily Skin Mask
Put the white of an egg, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and pulp of half an avocado into a blender. Blend a few seconds into a very nice green mixture. Apply evenly to washed face and neck. Relax for 20 minutes; remove with tepid water and a face cloth. Follow with cold astringent or skin toner.
Exfoliating Acne Mask
Add baking soda, to half hydrogen peroxide and half water until paste consistency. Massage into skin avoiding eye area. Let dry then rinse
For redness, oil and blackheads:
1/2 cup oatmeal, ground fine
half an apple, peeled and chopped or pureed
2 inches off a cucumber, peeled and chopped or pureed
2 tablespoons milk
Blend all together and apply to face. Relax 20 minutes then rinse.
Calming Acne Mask
Exfoliate skin lightly first by adding a spoonful or less of very fine sugar and a few drops of lemon juice into your acne type face wash. Take half of a bittermelon (green, lumpy looking squash), remove seeds, and put in juicer or blender to make pulpy. Setting the juice aside, apply the pulp to face, (if the pulp is too watery and runny you can use a thickener of your choice such as ground oatmeal, whole yogurt, wheat germ, etc), rest for 20 minutes. Remove the pulp splashing with cold water, pour the juice into hand and massage into skin, and rinse with more cold water. The detoxing properties of the bittermelon will cool, tone, smooth and soothe acne and oily skin.
Acne Delux Facial Mask
3 tablespoons oatmeal ground
1 packet of bakers yeast
½ banana mashed
½ cucumber mashed
½ avocado mashed
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon antiseptic mouth wash
1 teaspoon milk
Dab of white toothpaste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl (add more lemon juice or milk if it is too thick or add more oatmeal, sugar or flour if it is to liquid). Leave on your face about 20 minutes, then wash it off.
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