"Deep Cleansing Masks – Clay or mud based masks are great for oily or combination skin types. These masks purify and deep cleanse, bring impurities to the surface and help to firm up the skin.
- To Make a Mud Mask - Combine equal parts of cosmetic clay (available at your local natural food store) and water (or bottled spring water for more minerals), adding a drop of your favourite essential oil before mixing. Mix until it becomes a paste. Apply as needed, leaving on for 10 minutes. Rinse off and pat face dry.
- Fruit Masks – These are great for all skin types. Fruit and its extracts are full of AHAs (especially papaya and apple), which when applied help exfoliate the skin and enhance water absorption which softens the skin. Aromatherapy (Bloomsbury Publishing, 1997, $19.95) by Chrissie Wildwood suggests some great, easy-to-make fruit masks to try at home!
- To Make A Papaya Facial – Mash up a fresh papaya and sieve into a bowl. Pat onto clean skin, leaving on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water, followed by cold water to close pores. Great for all skin types.
- To Make An Apple Facial – Rub a slice of raw apple onto face after cleansing and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm and then cold water. Great for normal to oily skin types.
- Banana Supreme Facial – Nancy Simpson, Spa Director at Ste. Anne’s Country Inn & Spa in Grafton, ON, recommends an all-natural facial for dry skin that is both nourishing and moisturizing. Mash bananas until paste like, add honey if desired (which will nourish skin) and smooth over skin. Let sit for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water.
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