You skin is the biggest organ on your body. I know you know that already, but it bears repeating. Because your skin is your first line of defense against everything from viruses to environmental pollutants, it certainly deserves a little extra attention now and again.
If you’re a man, don’t discount the benefits your skin will get from a little extra care. And I would suggest trying a homemade facial. I know this sounds odd if you’re a man but it is the best way to deeply cleanse your skin and improve its texture and tone.
Homemade facial masks may not deliver quite the same level of results as a professional facial, but they are cheap, easy, and enjoyable. The fact that you can have a facial in the comfort of your own home is a good way to keep it a secret that you pamper your skin. I won’t tell, if you don’t.
Here are some of the best recipes that I have found to care your skin and keep it looking it’s best.
Exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells. The result is brighter, healthier-looking skin. Again, if you are one of our many male readers, trust me, healthy skin is attractive, so keep reading.
One of the simplest ways to exfoliate your skin is with a brown sugar scrub. Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with up to 3 tablespoons of olive oil. (Add the olive oil slowly until you get a texture that is pleasing to you.) Splash your face with warm water and then gently rub the scrub into your skin. Finally rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal is another good exfoliant. Mix oatmeal and honey together until you have a consistency that you like. Again, moisten your face with a little warm water. Then scrub your face gently with the oatmeal mixture. Rinse well to finish.
Depending on where you live, dry skin can be a year-round problem. When your skin is dry, it loses its luster and it can feel tight and itchy. These masks will help natural restore the moisture to your skin, making it feel and look better.
For dry skin honey, milk, avocados and apricots all make a good base for a facial mask.
Try mixing equal parts of honey and milk. Smooth over your face and let the mask sit for ten minutes before rinsing.
You can also mix two tablespoons of mashed avocado with honey. Apply to your face and let the mask dry for 30 minutes. (This is a great time to soak in a nice relaxing bath or spend a little time meditating.) Rinse well to finish.
Or you can mix a mashed apricot or two with a tablespoon of olive oil to make another moisturizing mask. Allow this mask to dry for ten minutes before rinsing.
For Oily Skin:
Oily skin is an ongoing problem for some people, even well into adulthood. Oily skin is more likely to break out, and it can look shiny instead of just healthy.
For oily skin, you will want to use ingredients that are gentle but that have a mild drying affect. Try lemon juice or witch hazel mixed with an acidic fruit for good results.
Try mixing a peeled, seeded apple with 4 tablespoons of honey. Pulverize it in a food processor, and then apply the mask to your face for ten minutes.
Or you can beat an egg white until it is stiff. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mask to your face (not too close to your eyes). Allow it to dry before rinsing.
Not matter what skin type you have, one of these mask is sure to improve the overall health and appearance of your skin. Take the time to do a homemade facial today—man or woman, I know you’ll like the results.
Jay Brachfeld, M.D.
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