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Homemade and Simple Face Mask Recipes

written by: Cheryl Gabbert•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 2/16/2010

If you love relaxing with facial masks, you'll love these natural face mask recipes. Each recipe can be made in minutes using ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. Get ready to feel pampered without worrying about preservatives or chemicals in your beauty products.

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    All-Natural Treats for Your Skin

    Your skin doesn't need a bunch of harmful chemicals to look radiant. These natural homemade face mask recipes work great, and use items found in your kitchen. You'll never go back to the department store and pay those prices again. When you make your own beauty treatments, you know they are fresh without preservatives too.

    Don't use ingredients on your face if you have ever experienced an allergy or irritation to them in the past. If your face begins to burn, itch, or turn red, rinse immediately with warm water. Now, are you ready to kick back and relax? Pick a mask and get started on the road to beautiful skin.

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    Chamomile-Lemon-Mint Toner

    This mask works well for all types of skin. If you want to gently shrink the pores without overdrying the skin, give this a try. Add a couple of crushed mint leaves straight from the garden to a hot cup of chamomile tea. Squeeze 2 teaspoons of juice from a fresh lemon into the tea/mint mixture. Stir and cool with a couple of ice cubes. Apply this refreshing, yet calming alcohol free facial toner to the face with cotton balls.

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    Honey-Lemon Facial Mask

    This simple mask is easy to prepare and great for lightening those freckles and age-spots. Simply mix a tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons honey in a small bowl. Apply to your skin. Relax for 10-15 minutes and rinse well with warm water. This mask is best for oily to normal skin.

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    The Calming Milk and Honey Mask

    This is a moisturizing mask that's great for dry or sensitive skin. Simply add two tablespoons of whole milk or half and half to two tablespoons of honey. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil, and mix well. Apply to skin and relax for 10 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. This mask works wonders in calming skin that is easily irritated, dry, and red.

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    All-Natural Moisturizers

    If your skin is dry and you want to add moisture, try coconut oil. Warm up the oil in the microwave just until it is completely melted. Coconut oil melts at 70 degrees F, so it doesn't take much heating to cause it to melt. Apply the coconut oil directly to the face. Massage in small circles and let your face soak up the moisture. Coconut oil doesn't stay greasy on your skin. It's a great all-natural moisturizer by itself.

    Another all-natural moisturizer is olive oil. Like coconut oil, dry skin will really absorb olive oil. Just apply directly to your face. Only use this on dry skin. You can also add a little olive oil to your regular moisturizer to pump up the moisturizing qualities of the product.

    The most natural moisturizing ingredient out there is plain water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day for healthier, well-hydrated, younger looking skin.

    Try any of the above natural and simple face mask recipes as much as twice a week for best results. You'll never go back to wasting money on expensive, chemical-laden products again!