Stressed and hectic lifestyles, pollution, an unbalanced and unhealthy diet are just some of the reasons why skin looks lack luster. Try these pick-me-up masks and banish sallow skin.
Why papaya: The concentrated levels of vitamin A in papaya make it rich in anti-oxidants which help in fighting free radicals. Papaya also works as a gentle exfoliator since it removes dead skin.
Peel a papaya, deseed it and cut it into small pieces.
Add quarter cup honey and use a blender to get a fine paste.
Apply the mix on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area.
Wash off with lukewarm water after 10 to 15 minutes.
For Oily Skin try this papaya mask recipe.
Lemon Juice and Sea Salt Mask
Why lemon juice and sea salt: This makes for a great invigorating mask. Sea salt works well in sloughing off dead skin cells as it is a natural detoxifier while lemon works as a bleaching agent. Lemon lightens scars and blemishes. With its anti-septic properties, it also clears dirt and bacteria thus preventing pimples and breakouts.
Mix a quarter cup of sea salt with a little lemon juice.
Apply all over the face and neck in gentle, circular motions.
Why oatmeal: Oatmeal has the best amino acid balance from all the grains. It is hypoallergenic and thus can be used by people with sensitive skin. It heals rashes, soothes irritated skin and treats acne, eczema and rosacea. It works well as a natural, gentle exfoliator.
Mix two tablespoons raw, unflavoured oatmeal with one-cup whole milk.
Heat them till you get a thick paste-like consistency. Take it off the flame and add two tablespoons olive oil to the concoction.
When the mixture’s warm to the touch, apply it on your face.
Wash it off with lukewarm water aft 20 to 30 minutes.