All you have to do is browse a few birthday cards before it becomes really apparent: people have an aversion to getting older. We’re all for age-acquired wisdom and a lifetime of memories to look back on, but we also wouldn’t turn down eternally youthful skin!
Our Recipes for Homemade Anti-Aging Masks
Our team put together some facemask recipes we love for keeping skin looking youthful. Many of these ingredients are fresh, so your skin will benefit from the high nutrient content. Don’t worry! We’re not expecting you to go forage in your backyard for herbs or swim to Atlantis to collect a mystical sand substance. We kept it mostly to ingredients you have in your kitchen.
Before applying a mask, cleanse your skin. After you apply the mask, lay down with your feet in the air to encourage blood to flow toward your face. Surround yourself with sounds you love—classical music, ocean waves, Food Network (we won’t judge). In general, you can leave a mask on for about 15-20 minutes, or until it dries. If it dries too quickly, spritz it with water or toner. Rinse your mask off with warm water, and use a washcloth if needed to completely remove it. Splash your face with cold water to close your pores. Follow with your normal toner, serum, and oil. Voila! People will be asking you whether you’re taking algebra or geometry next semester. Okay, probably not, but if those are the results you are expecting, it’s not your skin that’s the problem…
Brightening and Lightening Mask
- 1 tablespoon organic yogurt
- 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
Instructions: If you find your skin is looking dull, mix all these ingredients, apply to your face, and leave it on until it dries. When you wash it off, your skin will be bright and refreshed! Lemon juice is a natural skin brightener. Think middle school days of putting lemon juice in your hair to lighten it. Sandalwood powder has a myriad of benefits and is of high importance in Ayurvedic medicine. One of its many benefits is to repair skin damage and promote new skin growth. The lactic acid in yogurt helps to smooth and moisturize the skin. Massage the ingredients into your face as your rinse them off for some exfoliation.
“Caught with Egg on Your Face” Mask
Ingredients: All you need is an egg!
Instructions: Beat the egg and apply the mixture to your face. Once it dries, wash off for skin that’s tighter and more toned. The protein in the egg promotes tissue repair and growth, which leads to stronger, wrinkle-free skin. The potassium preserves the moisture in skin cells. Riboflavin (also known as B2) eliminates toxic and cell-damaging free radicals that create wrinkles. Lastly, magnesium slows down the aging process. Eggs are truly nourishing both for your insides and your outsides!
Remedy for Under-Eye Bags
- White tea
Instructions: Start by brewing yourself a cup of white tea. It’s best if you bring your water to a rolling boil, then wait a minute or two to let it cool down before steeping the tea. Once the tea has steeped and has cooled to a temperature your face can handle, soak a washcloth in the liquid and place the cloth over your eyes. Your pores will open up from the heat, allowing the tea to penetrate into your skin and work its magic. White tea works to de-puff your eyes because it’s loaded with antioxidants. It’s good for the rest of your face, too!
Avocado Honey Heaven
- ½ small, ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Instructions: Mix ingredients together and apply to your face. If you have combination skin, you may want to apply only to the drier areas of your face. You can leave it on for around 15 minutes, but feel free to take a nap and leave it on a little longer. For deeper penetration into your pores, warm the honey before mixing with the avocado.
Moisturized skin is the enemy of aging. The fats in avocado add moisture to your skin, while the vitamin E helps heal damage. Honey is a humectant, meaning it binds moisture the skin. It is also antibacterial and has brightening properties.
This recipe from Natural Skin Care: Alternative & Traditional Techniques, by Joni Loughran.
- 1 teaspoon of facial-quality clay (our Purifying Mud Mask would work perfectly)
- 1 teaspoon of instant oatmeal or oat flour
- ½ tablespoon of powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- water, to achieve paste consistency
- 1 drop of any essential oil that you love (neroli, rose, lavender, or frankincense would be perfect!)
Instructions: Mix first five ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Add enough water to make the mixture into a paste. Add the essential oil of your choice (just a drop!) and mix until combined. Apply to your face and enjoy ten minutes of aromatherapy! Clay is rich in minerals and removes toxins from the skin. No matter our age, skin can always benefit from detoxing! Milk cleanses and nourishes. Make sure to use high quality, organic, full fat milk for optimal benefits. Olive oil provides moisture and minerals, and is also believed to have wound-healing powers. Honey helps bind this moisture to your skin and lends its own anti-bacterial and skin brightening qualities. The benefits from the essential oil will differ depending on which you choose, but choose an aroma you love and breathe deep to relax and de-stress.
Having some recipes for anti-aging masks allows you to whip up something fresh whenever you and your skin need a boost. Try to make time for a weekly mask to keep your skin young and nourished. Invite a friend over and treat him or her to your favorite recipe.
What are your favorite DIY anti-aging recipes?
by Hope Freije
Loughran, Joni. Joni Loughran’s natural skin care : alternative & traditional techniques. Frog ; [Emeryville, Calif.] : Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West, Berkeley, Calif, 1996.
The Annmarie Gianni Skin Care team.