Tomato is my absolute favorite single ingredient face mask as there are several ways to prepare and use it. Also because my skin tends to get oily and I get blackheads more often than not. You can use the pulp by scooping it out, you can rub a slice of tomato on your face or you can mash or blend an entire tomato into a paste. All of these methods can help remove dead skin cells essentially smoothing your skins surface, shrinking your pores and aiding in the removal of blackheads.
Directions for Use: Choose your method of preparation. Apply to freshly cleansed skin. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. It may cause a tingling sensation during the 1st five minutes which will subside.
Mayonnaise is the ultimate single ingredient face mask. It has everything you need in a good face mask in one jar: oils, eggs & vinegar! I'm sure you have a jar on your fridge shelf. Mayonnaise is an amazing hydrator, it is naturally soothing to the skin and improves skin texture. It preserves moisture in your dry skin cells.
Directions for Use: Spread 2 heaping teaspoon of mayonnaise onto your freshly cleaned, dry skin. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry apply moisturizer if necessary.
Plain Yogurt is easily absorbed and is super softening to the skin. Rich in calcium, vitamins, protein and lactic acid, yogurt as a face mask helps dissolve dead skin by providing a gentle exfoliation which helps to create a natural glow, prevent breakouts and tighten pores. Yogurt face mask will help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and reduce discoloration. It’s an all-around beauty multi-tasker.
Directions for Use: Spread an even layer of organic, cold, plain, yogurt to your face. If your feeling adventurous, slice some cucumbers for your eyes because yogurt masks should remain on for at least 30 minutes (I've fell asleep in mine).
Eggs are great for our skin. The whites are astringent and drying and contain albumin, a simple form of protein that helps tighten pores and clear blackheads. The yolk is a nutritional powerhouse of lecithin which is a natural emollient and preservatives in addition to jam packed with proteins, vitamins, and fatty acids.
Directions for Use: Crack egg over a bowl and separate yolk from white. Mix the egg whites until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix yolk until smooth and creamy, store in an airtight container, in the fridge until ready for use. If you suffer from oily skin, Apply the egg white onto your face in a thin even layer, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Then spread a thin even layer of yolk and leave on for 5 minutes. 15 minutes for dry skin. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry.
Avocado contains unsaturated fatty acids that stimulate your skins own natural production oil in addition to softening rough, dried skin.
Directions for Use: Mash or blend a ripe avocado until smooth. Use immediately by spreading paste onto face, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water, splash face with cool water, pat dry.
Save remainder in an airtight container in freezer. Cleanse the avocado pit, place in a clean, sealable bag. With a hammer or mallard, crush the pits, ground them using a food processor or coffee bean grinder. Spread on a flat, clean surface and allow to dry completely. Save in an airtight container. Add a little of the grounded pit to your smashed avocado. Use the avocado mixture to mask and gently exfoliate your face. Leave on for 20 minutes, then using small circular motions, gently exfoliate your face, rinse with warm water, splash with cold, pat dry.
Enjoy your glow up!