DIY Facial Masks

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Avocado Mask

This nourishing mask is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E, all of which pamper skin. This mask also fights wrinkles.

Puree half of a peeled, pitted ripe avocado. Spread over clean face, moving fingers in small circular motions and avoiding eye area. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Remove with a warm, wet face cloth. Splash face with cold water and blot dry.

Variations on this mask:

Blend 1 teaspoon of light oil with the pureed avocado. Jojoba, olive, or almond oils all refresh dehydrated winter skin.

Those with dry, sensitive skin may also want to add soothing oatmeal to the blender. Boil a cup of water and add 1/2 cup slow-cooking rolled oats. Stir and reduce heat to medium. Cook for about eight minutes. Remove from heat. Do not add to avocado mixture until oatmeal has cooled.

Add 2 teaspoons of honey to the basic avocado blend if you desire. Honey is good for all skin types and is a natural source of antiaging components, including antioxidants.

Sesame Seed Mask

This is a potent antioxidant, antibacterial treatment for the skin!

Put 1/2 cup sesame seeds with 1/4 cup water into a blender. Process for three minutes. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Apply to face, and leave on for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water. Splash with cool water and blot dry.