Aug 19, 2015
The healthiest ingredients for homemade face masks
For moisturizingSource: FlickrCC/Martin Cooper Credits: Canadian Living
The right oil can hydrate your skin beautifully and serve as a good base for a mask or moisturizer. Just do your research before choosing a type of oil. While grapeseed, pumpkin, almond and sunflower oils are all great moisturizing oils, berry seed oils (like raspberry, blueberry and cranberry) and castor oil are actually more tonifying, so they would help remove excess oil on the skin, says Moffat.
For brighteningSource: FlickrCC/Japanexperterna Credits: Canadian Living
Moffat loves to make a skin-brightening smoothie mask with papaya, pineapple and mango. "Papaya contains an enzyme called papain, which helps you with digestion but also helps brighten your skin," says Moffat. "It's not as intense as a medical spa peel, but it's really quite refreshing, and with repetition it does help."
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"If you want to turn your mask into more of a scrub, blend in baking soda and massage that into your face," says Moffat. The fine texture ensures it isn't too abrasive for your skin, but it still provides good exfoliation—and a slightly tingly sensation so you know it's working. Plus, says Moffat, "It leaves a nice smooth, silky feel because of the mineral salts."