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Homemade Vegan Facemasks

29 March 2013

Our skin is our primary barrier against external attack, insulating and protecting us from being damaged.  If it is compromised, the damaged and/or irritated skin is then even more sensitive and permeable to external attack, and its appearance is also impaired.

The following “cruelty free” facemask recipes are meant to replenish undernourished skin, heal and sooth damaged, dry, chapped, sunburned, aging or irritated skin. They also offer an alternative to commercial, artificial and chemically laden facemasks and creams. They save you the money of paying big bucks for a spa-style vegan face mask when you can make one yourself!

By returning the facial skin back to a normal pH these masks will also help to clear up and prevent acne.

They’ll keep for up to a week if covered and placed in the refrigerator, plus they feel amazing when applied to the face cold.

It is recommended that you apply these facemasks to the entire face, allowing it to dry for about 20 minutes or so after which you can rinse it off with warm water and pat the skin dry with a soft cotton towel.

Avocado, Strawberry and Turmeric Mask  

Ingredients and directions – makes enough for 5 masks:

• 1 small avocado

• 1/2 cup strawberries

• 1 tsp matcha (a finely milled or fine powder green tea)

• 2 tsp turmeric

• 1/4 cup almond milk

Either mash the strawberries and avocado with a fork or add to a processor and process until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir or blend to combine.

Avocados are a natural moisturizer moisturizing and they are also very high in Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. Strawberries contain a compound called salicylic acid which is anti-bacterial and astringent and strawberries also act as an exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells. Matcha is powdered green tea which is super high in antioxidants and polyphenols which help prevent the aging of the skin and help with inflammation. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory both taken internally and applied externally, helping with skin conditions like acne. Almond milk is high in vitamin E which is a potent antioxidant.

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Cool Cucumber Mask

• 1 cucumber, grated

• 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

• 3 fresh mint leaves, crushed

Combine all the ingredients in bowl and mix well. Apply to the face and neck. After 15-20 minutes, rinse thoroughly. Your skin should now feel cool, soft and refreshed.

This facemask was inspired by an age-old beauty secret: cucumbers. Cucumbers contain silica, which can help rejuvenate your skin, tighten your pores, and even treat nasty sunburn!

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Oatmeal Nut-milk Mask

  1/2 cup rolled or whole oats

• 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut or almond

• 1 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar

Blend the oats in a food processor until no large grains remain. Add the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar and pulse until well mixed. Apply to the face and neck. After 15-20 minutes, rinse thoroughly. Enjoy rejuvenated skin!

The idea of an oatmeal mask isn’t new, but this simplified version of the classic facial is pure goodness. Oatmeal can help restore your skin’s natural moisture and also help heal scarring.

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Facemasks are considered by many skin care specialists to be an essential part of any good skincare routine. They provide a deep cleaning and an increase in hydration not readily available in most commercial products. It can be especially difficult for vegans to find affordable facemask options in retail stores that are free of animal derived ingredients and/or ones that have not been tested on animals.

So consider making your own vegan-friendly facemask using one of the recipes above and nothing but fresh, all-natural ingredients from your kitchen. With regular use of one of these masks, you should see a major improvement in the overall quality and appearance of your skin and overall complexion.

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