For the fans of natural skin-care we can suggest a couple autumn 100% natural masks. Of course there has not been any official scientific research into the efficacy of natural vegetable and fruit facials. However it is the fact that vegetables and fruits contain a lot of vital for the skin nutrients, vitamins and acids that can produce various effects when applied topically such as moisturizing, exfoliating, antioxidant, stimulating etc. The only condition to getting results from 100% natural skin treatments is that the masks have to be prepared right before the application as otherwise, when stored or frozen, they will loose their potency.
Many women around the world find the following masks beneficial for their skin and some of the recipes and ingredients have been used for many years and even centuries.
Nourishing Masks with Honey
* Honey has been used for centuries in skin treatments because of its humectant (which means it attracts and retains water), antioxidant, antimicrobial properties. Cleopatra relied on this ingredient to keep her skin young and beautiful, just remember her famous bath of milk and honey still favored in SPA treatments around the world.
Puree or grate a slice of melon pulp mix with a teaspoonful of honey, 1 teaspoonful of cream or sour cream. Apply the mask to your face and leave for 15-20 minutes wash off with warm water. (Normal Skin)
Blend 1 tablespoon honey with 1 egg yoke and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Apply over your face with your fingers avoiding your eyes. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse it off. (Normal, Dry Skin)
Grate an apple and apply to your skin for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with slightly cool water. (Suitable for all skin types)
Mix egg yoke with 1 teaspoonful of sour cream, teaspoonful of oil, and teaspoonful of freshly squeezed grape juice. As a thickening ingredient add a little bit of bread and mix well. Apply for 15-20 minutes and wash off. For the best results take a series of treatments for 5 weeks 2 masks per week.
If your skin is irritated and sensitive you will benefit from a spinach mask. For this boil some finely chopped spinach leaves, cool a bit down till comfortably warm and spread over a thin cloth. Apply the mask to the face for 15-20 minutes.
Nourishing anti-wrinkle masks
To fight wrinkles and improve condition of the dry skin use potatoes.
There are 2 variants of the mask:
Variant 1: Boil a potato, let it cool down, puree it and mix with a bit of milk. Apply to your face for 15 minutes.
Variant 2: Grate a fresh potato and immediately apply to your face. Wait 15 minutes and wash off.
Another vegetable used for skin rejuvenation is cabbage. Cabbage juice as well as grated cabbage masks are used to treat wrinkles and dry, crappie looking skin. Cabbage also has lightening effect on the age-spots. Apply for 15 minutes.
To fade age-spots you can use lemon, parsley, cabbage, eggplant or cucumber.
Cucumber mask will not only lighten the spots but also make your skin smooth and tighten up the pores. Grate cucumber and spread it on a piece of cloth. Leave on the face for 15-20 minutes. (Combination, Oily Skin)
Eggplant is another vegetable that helps to lighten age-spots. You can use either egg-plant juice or mashed eggplant pulp. In case you use juice soak a paper towel in it and apply on your face for at least 20 minutes. Mashed pulp can be applied directly on your face. Rinse of with slightly warm water. Repeat the treatment daily till you see some results. (All Skin Types)
Read more about Autumn Skin Care and how to treat sun damaged skin.