If you've ever wondered what the ultimate face mask range looked like, this article is just the thing you need to read! It contains everything you ever need to know about achieving that seemingly faraway dream of soft, glowing, ageless, acne-free skin.
Turns out that dream is absolutely achievable; with the right ingredients straight off from your kitchen shelf, all it takes is some time and TLC to give your skin the baby-soft smoothness it has always craved for.
Indian beauties have always reached for natural ingredients when it came to enhancing their charm, and these age-old remedies continue to enthrall generations of women with their beautifying properties.
All of them are simple to make, and need to be left on for about 45 minutes before washing it off. For best results, use them regularly. So take a look at these trusted Indian face masks for a glowing skin.
1. Aloe Vera And Cucumber Face Mask:
Blend some aloe vera pulp with the pulp of half a cucumber and apply it all over your face and neck. Alternatively, you can use aloe vera gel, available at the local pharmacy, if you don't have access to farm-fresh aloe vera. This aloe vera and cucumber face mask is a brilliant anti-inflammatory agent when applied topically. Its power to soothe irritated and troubled skin is renowned. It gets rid of dark circles too and shrinks open pores. Pop the face mask into the fridge for about 10 minutes before applying it on sunburnt and damaged skin.
2. Fullers’ Earth And Rose Water Face Mask:
This is a classic Indian face pack that never goes out of style. It shrinks open pores, rids the skin of acne and tightens the face. Fullers' earth has several detoxifying properties as well and gives the skin a heady mineral boost. It's amazingly versatile, and in combination with rose water can be used as a base for a mind-boggling range of Indian face packs for glowing skin. You can try mixing fruit and vegetable powders into your Fullers' earth face mask to give it that extra zing. Try mint, citrus, turmeric, sandalwood, papaya or even finely powdered eggshells. Rose water is an alkaline, paraben-free skin toner and is gentle on your skin.
3. Gram Flour And Yogurt Face Mask:
Gram flour is the ultimate Indian beauty staple, and mixed with yogurt, it's a natural cleanser that rids the skin of impurities and de-tans the skin too. Like Fullers' earth, gram flour or chickpea flour can be combined with any number of additional ingredients to make it even more amazing than it already is. A pinch of turmeric in this face mask gives you an extra glow, but you can also add powdered mint, citrus, sandalwood, papaya, or finely powdered eggshells. A gram flour mask isn't drying and should be washed off when it's about eighty percent dry. You can also add fruit and vegetable pulp to a gram flour face mask, and it's not uncommon for people to add grated potatoes, tomato pulp and papaya pulp to their gram flour face masks.
4. Papaya And Coconut Milk Face Mask:
Papayas contain papain, which is a wonderful skin food. Mix some ripe papaya with about one tablespoon of coconut milk to eliminate fine lines, remove a tan and bring back your natural glow. When buying coconut milk, fresh is always best, but the store-bought variety is fine as well. Utilize as much as you require and save the rest of your ingredients in the refrigerator for later use.
5. Tomato And Yogurt Face Mask:
Mix the finely blended pulp of one ripe tomato with one tablespoon of raw yogurt. This moisturizes the skin, removes a tan and eliminates fine lines. It's a great pack for summer as well. Alternatively, you can skip the yogurt entirely and make do with just the tomato. Briskly slice a tomato in half, and rub the juice all over your face and neck.
6. Egg White And Vitamin E Face Mask:
Mix the white of an egg with a little coconut milk and two capsules of Vitamin E. The egg white serves to tighten the skin effectively, while the Vitamin E and coconut milk prevent the skin from drying out too much. Remember not to use the egg yolk on your face, as it can block pores and even cause acne. Keep the egg yolk for later, when you can mix it with some fresh onion paste and slather it all over your hair for super-shiny locks.
7. Orange And Lemon Peel Face Mask:
Sun dry and powder some orange and lemon rind and mix about a tablespoon of this sweet-scented powder in about two tablespoons of yogurt. It's great for tightening the skin pores and getting rid of acne, and this makes a refreshing summer mask too.
8. Oatmeal And Milk Cream Face Mask:v
Mix about a tablespoon of organic oatmeal into two tablespoons of fresh milk cream. This is an intensely moisturizing mask which also serves to gently exfoliate your skin.
9. Banana And Yogurt Face Mask:
Bananas are rich in magnesium and leave your skin glowing. To make this pack, mix the pulp of a ripe banana into two tablespoons of yogurt. It moisturizes your skin and leaves it fresh and radiant.
10. The Very Green Face Mask:
Blend spinach, mint, coriander and fenugreek leaves to a fine paste in the blender and apply it all over your face and neck. This mask provides your skin with a potent dose of vitamins and minerals, leaving it glowing.
11. Honey And Almond Face Mask:
This remedy requires powdered almonds, which you can make yourself at home. The almond flour found in supermarkets is often adulterated with refined/all-purpose flour, and isn't very good either. Finely powder the almonds, and take about two teaspoons of the powder in a bowl. Add about two teaspoons of honey to this, and apply it all over your face and neck. This counters ageing, tackles acne and brings a youthful glow on to your face.
12. Potato And Yogurt Face Mask:
Grate a large potato into a tiny bowl of fresh yogurt and allow it to sit for a while in the refrigerator. Apply the now cool mask all over your face and neck to counter open pores, dark patches, severe tanning and dry skin.
With a list as comprehensive as this, you have absolutely no excuse to not have a great, glowing skin. What are you waiting for? All it takes is a walk to the refrigerator!