Sun exposure, air pollution and the aging process can all reduce your skin's elasticity, leading to sagging skin and fine lines. Getting firmer, smoother skin doesn't require a face lift or pricey commercial products, though. Natural ingredients you might have in your kitchen also contain compounds that can tighten the skin.
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Some ingredients nourish and moisturize skin, plumping it to make it appear firmer and smoother. Pumpkin supplies healing vitamin A and skin-protective vitamin C, notes natural health experts from the website Care2, while avocado provides vitamin E. Honey, olive oil, aloe vera and shea butter also add moisture to the skin.
Ingredients that tone your skin and clean your pores give your skin an overall tighter appearance. Milk and buttermilk contain lactic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid that clears away dead skin cells and refreshes the skin. Egg white, used coffee grounds and green tea tighten pores, temporarily firming up the skin. Green tea also lends skin-defending antioxidants to your facial mask blend. Clay is another pore-cleansing natural ingredient. Most kaolin clays are safe for dry or normal skin, while bentonite or red kaolin help oily skin.
For a quick facial, use a single ingredient like one egg white or half a banana or avocado. Blending 1/4 cup buttermilk into 1/2 cup cooked oats also creates a simple face mask. Alternatively, mix an egg white with 1/4 cup used coffee grounds or with 1 tbsp. each honey and olive oil, suggest skin care experts at the Carefair website. Another recipe, natural living experts at the website Care2 explain, requires blending 2 tsp. canned or cooked pumpkin, 1/2 tsp. honey and 1/4 tsp milk. To use clay, pour 1 tbsp. water, milk or green tea into a bowl and add 2 tbsp. clay, stirring continuously. Blend your chosen ingredients to a thick consistency.
Lay a hot, wet towel over your face to warm your skin and open your pores so the face mask ingredients can penetrate your skin more effectively. Remove the towel and apply a thick layer of the face mask blend to your skin, keeping it away from your eyes. Let the mask sit for approximately 15 minutes. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water. Rinse again with cool water to close your pores. Pat your face dry with a soft towel. Splash on a gentle, natural toner like rose water, then apply a light moisturizer to help maintain the face mask's the firming effects.
Tips for Use
Avoid oils if you're prone to oily skin, since even natural oils can clog your pores. To avoid upsetting your skin's natural chemical balance, don't apply a face mask every day. You can also apply these natural skin treatments to moisturize and smooth skin in other problem areas, such as your neck or elbows.