Both women and men are constantly seeking beauty products and cosmetics to make our skin as soft as the day we were born and to protect us from environmental damage, but the good news is that you can stop wasting your money with this three ingredient face mask that you can easily make at home.
This THREE Ingredient Face Mask Will Soften and Protect Your Skin Better Than Most
We know that the radiation from the sun can have damaging effects on our skin, but other environmental hazards are attacking our skin. These hazards can be anything from pollution to the X-Rays that you get at the dentists office.
Removing the damage and revealing softer, more youthful skin is a goal of those who have already started to see damage on their faces. Let’s look at an easy, three ingredient recipe for a soothing face mask that will soften and protect your skin from further damage better than most other products on the market.
Why these three ingredients are the best for softening and protecting skin
The first ingredient of this face mask treatment is apple cider vinegar. We have already told you about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar in our previous articles, and this gentile, all-natural acid is an effective way to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. When you use apple cider vinegar, you are sloughing off the dead, dry layer of skin and revealing the fresh, new, soft skin underneath.
The second ingredient in this three ingredient face mask is plain, all-natural yogurt. Yogurt is a wonderful way to add the exfoliating power of natural enzymes to soften your skin and make it look younger. There are probiotics in cultured yogurt that can work both internally when you eat it, and externally when it is applied to the skin.
Probiotics can help protect the body from harmful bacteria and the use of yogurt to treat acne and seborrhea (patches of itchy, scaly dead skin) has been around since the time of Cleopatra. Researchers studying the link between skin health and gut bacteria also looked at the use of yogurt as applied to the skin rather than taken internally as food and they say ‘the lactic acid bacteria Streptococcus thermophilus, a species found in most yogurts, may increase ceramide production when applied to the skin as a cream for 7 days.’ This is important because some ceramides protect against acne by reducing the inflammation of the skin.
The third ingredient is one you may never have thought of before, but fresh parsley is an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Parsley has been used for skin treatment traditionally as a mash of the green herb for treatment of burns, bruises, insect bites, and itching. The protective and healing effects of parsley have been overlooked for too long and this simple face mask recipe will help you become one of its biggest fans.
Before you decide to use this three ingredient face mask, test your skin for parsley sensitivity. In an analysis of the active compounds in parsley, researchers found that there are natural plant chemical compounds in fresh parsley called furocoumarins. One of these compounds is Oxypeucedanin, and it was found to be the major component in parsley.
Oxypeucedanin is a natural plant chemical that can make some people’s skin sensitive to sunlight exposure. If you can avoid sun exposure or use a good sunscreen daily, this should not be a problem for you. In other people, parsley can cause a minor skin rash or irritation.
To do a skin sensitivity test, rub a small amount of crushed parsley leaves on an area about the size of a nickel on the skin inside your elbow. Check for sensations of burning, itchiness, redness, or irritation over a period of 20 minutes. If you begin to notice irritation has occurred, rinse the area immediately with warm water, then use soap to wash the area and rinse again. If you experience skin irritation, use the mask with just yogurt and apple cider vinegar and leave out the parsley.
The THREE ingredient face mask recipe
Since this will be applied to your skin, use the highest quality ingredients you can buy. Organic is always best so you avoid contact with any pesticides or chemical additives.
Mix the following in a small bowl:
1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
Apply this mixture to your face, avoiding the sensitive eye area. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse immediately with warm water. Use the mask 2 times per week for a month and you will be amazed by how this three ingredient face mask will soften your skin better than most other products you have tried.
If you are going outside after using this face mask treatment, remember to wear sunscreen to protect your fresh new skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.