8.03.2012

DIY Face Mask for Oily/Acne Prone skin

Hello!

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Today I want to bring you the recipe of one my favourite face masks. I've using it for the past 4 or 5 months and I can tell I've seen an improvement in my skin condition. It's very easy to prepare and you can use it as many times you want per week since it doesn´t cause sun sensitivity. 

You need:
- one table spoon of honey.
one coffee spoon of nutmeg.
- one coffee spoon of cinnamon.  


Why these ingredients?
  • Nutmeg Nutmeg comes from the dried kernel of seeds from the Nutmeg tree  mostly grown in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the West Indies. Nutmeg is a rich source of essential oil and saponin. Properties: Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties  making it effective for the treatment of severe or cystic acne reducing swelling, redness, and irritation of the skin. It also helps to improve tone and  skin texture. 
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon, which has the scientific name Cinnamomum zeylanicum, has originated from tropical Asia, especially Sri Lanka and India.  It is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. Properties: Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties, stops bleeding and acts as a plumper of blood flow bringing more oxygen to the skin, it helps remove blood impurities and helps in the healing process and it also acts as a natural exfoliant.
  • HoneyHoney is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referred to and is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. Properties: It has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it has been used as a treatment for wounds and other skin problems for thousands of years. Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture helping to heal and sooth the skin.

How?


You mix everything together and you let it sit in your skin between 15 to 30 minutes. Then you washed with warm water carefully not to scrub your skin, finish off with cold water, pad dry and use your favourite toner/moisturizer. Mixture can be kept in the fridge for other uses, in fact I keep my honey in the fridge so the mixture it's more refreshing- and less messy- or I would prepare it a few hours before I use it to let it cool down.

Results? 

These three ingredients together would help you reduce existing acne and probably prevent future breakouts by helping to the skin healing process and improving skin tone and texture. They are also effective in reducing acne scaring.
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I find it works best if you have exfoliate your skin first and if you are constant using it two to three times a week. For skin crisis days, I've used 2 to 3 days in a row with soothing effects and no harmful side effects or weird reactions.


A bit of a DISCLAIMER here: I'm not whatsoever a dermatologist. Acne can have multiple origins, so if your acne is for example hormonal, this mask would only help you soothing existing breakouts and healing the skin, but it won´t cure your acne forever.Like everything else, what might work for some it might not work for others. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients or when you use this mask you notice any discomfort, don´t use it again. THIS IS WHAT I HAVE SEEN THAT WORKS BEST FOR ME WHEN IT COMES TO MASKS, BUT ONLY YOU AND YOUR DERMATOLOGIST CAN KNOW WHERE YOUR ACNE COMES FROM AND WHAT YOUR SKIN IS LIKE.


Let me know if you try it!


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3 comments:

  1. I have done this mask before, it feels so good, honey is so funny feeling on the skin but it helps!

    I am stopping by as well to tell you i nominated you for a blog award!

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  2. I have got to try this!!! My skin is a little bipolar, at times it's oily at times dry.. :( Thanks for the tip!!

    xoxo
    Thia

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