Skin is part of the immune system and the body’s first line of defense in keeping out foreign invaders that can make us sick, but beyond that we all want our skin to look healthy and knowing how to get clear skin is a part of that. Since this part of our immune system is out there for all the world to see, knowing how to get clear skin and looking our best is important too. The beauty industry will sell you a multitude of products promising to keep your skin clean, hydrated, wrinkle-free, moisturized, and youthful looking, but do you really need all those expensive products? And do you really need the chemicals and man-made substances some of them contain? Personally if I have the choice of using inexpensive, natural ingredients that’s the way I’d rather pick for how to get clear skin. Here are a few facial masks that can be used for all types of skin that are easy and made from natural ingredients that you may find already in your kitchen.
Oatmeal Honey Yogurt Mask –about.com beauty(http://ow.ly/kv0Wi)
This facial mask is good for rejuvenation and cleansing of skin. All you need is:
- 1 tbsp. finely ground oatmeal
- 1 tbsp. plain organic yogurt (with live active cultures)
- Several drops of honey
Mix the oatmeal and yogurt together in a bowl. Hold a spoon over hot water or warm the spoon by holding it under hot water, then add honey to the spoon. This serves to warm the honey up a bit before adding it to the mixture. Stir all 3 ingredients together until mixed well and apply the mask to your face. After 10 minutes, rinse the mask off by splashing warm water on your face and then wash off any remaining with a warm cloth. You can then apply your favorite natural moisturizer and you’re done.
Peach-Vinegar Facial Mask
This mask works well to clean all skin types. All you need is:
- 1 organic peach
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Peel the peach and mash it up to a fine consistency (or puree it in a food processor). Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the puree. Depending on the size of the peach you use, you may need to adjust the amount of vinegar you add. Add just enough vinegar so that the mask is firm enough to stay on your face after you apply it. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and follow up with a natural moisturizer.
Sugar Scrub –about.com beauty(http://ow.ly/kv1Pn)
Skin is constantly regenerating itself. As new skin cells are formed at the lowest skin level, they push their way up to the surface and most of the dead skin cells fall off. Exfoliating the skin gets rid of the dead skin found on the surface which help keep skin pores clear keeping away blackheads and other small bumps on your face. Some people use salt to exfoliate their skin, but sugar is less likely to tear at skin. All you need for this is:
- 2 tbsp. of sugar
- 3 tbsp. of warm water
Pour the sugar into the water and stir until it is dissolved. Put it on your face and massage it all over your face. Use warm water to rinse it off. That’s it, super simple and you’ve removed all those leftover dead skin cells and cleared out your pores.
Deep Cleansing Aciophilus/Enzyme Mask
This mask is great for deep-cleansing your pores and works well on all skin types. After using it, you’ll notice your skin will be smooth and your pores will appear smaller.
All you need is:
- 1 enzyme capsule (open to pour out powder inside capsules)
- 1 acidophilus capsule (open to pour out powder inside capsules)
- spring water
Mix powdered enzyme and acidophilus, which both usually come in capsules, with spring water until the mix achieves a mud-like consistency. Apply the mixture over your entire face or just over your T-zone. Leave the mask on until it dries completely, and then rinse your face with warm water. Follow with a natural moisturizer.
There you have it – how to get clear skin the natural way. Whether you need to exfoliate, deep cleanse, or clear out pores you can do so inexpensively and with all natural ingredients. That’s the way I like it – all natural cleansing for my all natural skin. Give it a try and see what you think!
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