You probably know that collagen is a miracle skin treatment, giving your skin a younger, healthier look by minimizing fine lines and firming the skin. But did you know you can make your own collagen treatment at home? These all-natural DIY face mask recipes may help boost your skin’s collagen-producing abilities, and most can be made with items you already have in your kitchen! Try one out tonight and refrigerate any leftovers to use within a week.
Moisturizing Collagen Mask
Red grapes contain a chemical called resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that helps boost the production of collagen. Combined with moisturizing olive oil, this mask with leave your skin feeling smooth, yet firm.
5 red grapes
2–3 teaspoons olive (or grape-seed) oil
1 tablespoon honey
To make the mask, combine the grapes, oil, and honey in a blender. Apply the mask to the face, and leave for 10–15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
More Protein, More Collagen
Who knew egg whites contained collagen? Their high protein content means they also contain a high amount of collagen, but they’re also high in proline and lysine, which is great for your skin.
1 egg white
To make this simple mask, whisk an egg white, and apply it directly to the face. Cover the area with tissues or toilet paper, and allow it to dry until the paper becomes stiff. Then peel it away, and rinse with warm water.
DIY "Quickie Face-Lift"
This 2-minute mask firms and brightens sallow skin, thanks to collagen-filled egg whites and lemon juice, which contains vitamin C, which is vital in helping your body make collagen.
1 egg white
2 teaspoons lemon juice.
Combine 1 egg white and lemon juice. Rub onto your face and leave for 2 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Refreshing Collagen Mask
Peaches contain both collagen and vitamin C, and couldn’t be better for your skin! Combined with protein-rich Greek yogurt, this mask with leave your face firm and refreshed, and you’ll love the way it smells!
1 peach, peeled and pureed
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
Combine the peach puree and yogurt. Spread the mixture onto clean skin, and wait 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
DIY Copper Face Mask
Believe it or not, copper is one of the minerals that is essential for healthy collagen production—it’s no wonder it’s a popular ingredient in expensive anti-aging skin products. Fortunately, one of the most copper-rich foods just happens to be chocolate! Here’s a great facial mask that takes advantage of the antioxidant and anti-aging qualities of chocolate, with a collagen boost from protein-packed milk or cream. Plus, it smells divine!
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Milk or cream
Add milk or cream to make a paste with the cocoa powder. Apply to your face and leave for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.
Collagen-Boosting Exfoliating Mask
Kiwi is another fruit that is high in vitamin C and great for stimulating the production on collagen. Its seeds, along with the sugar in this recipe, helps lightly exfoliate skin too.
1 kiwi, peeled and mashed
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
Gently combine the kiwi and sugar and apply immediately to your face. Slowly rub on your face in a circular motion for 30 sections, then rinse.
Carrots for Collagen
Carrots are not only rich in collagen, but in beta-carotene, a natural form of vitamin A, and they have antioxidant properties. Try this creamy facial mask to take advantage of their benefits.
1 carrot, boiled
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup plain yogurt
Add all ingredients to a blender and puree. Spread the mixture on your face, and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with a warm washcloth, then moisturize as usual.
Leave-On Collagen Treatment
If you boost your skin’s vitamin C you’ll boost its collagen, so why not go straight to the source? Buy a bottle of vitamin C tablets at a healthfood store, and simply break one open to make this luxurious leave-on collagen treatment.
1 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh pineapple juice
1 vitamin C tablet
Gently heat all of the ingredients in a saucepan on low until fully dissolved. Cool in refrigerator. Using a cotton ball, apply to clean skin.
Avocado Face Mask to Improve Collagen
This creamy facial helps to rebuild skin collagen and improve texture, combining the collagen-boosting properties of carrots and cream with the vitamin E and antioxidants of avocado.,
1 ripe avocado
1 carrot, boiled until tender
½ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons honey
In a small bowl, mash together the avocado and carrot. Slowly stir in the heavy cream and honey. Apply to your face, and leave on for 10–15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Pumpkin-Yogurt Collagen Facial
Got a can of pumpkin that’s been cluttering up your cabinet since Thanksgiving? This face mask is for you. Orange fruits and vegetables like pumpkins are rich in collagen, one of the two proteins that holds them together. The yogurt adds an added boost of protein.
1 can pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie variety!)
¼ cup plain yogurt
¼ cup honey
¼ ground almonds
Mix together the canned pumpkin with the yogurt, honey, ground almonds, and a drizzle of olive oil. Apply to skin, and take a hot bath to let the steam and enzymes in the mask do their work. After 10 minutes, rinse and apply your normal moisturizer.
Easy Mango Face Mask
Just like pumpkin, mango works wonders on your skin! You can apply it directly to your face the next time you slice a mango. Just rub the pulpy side of the skin on your face and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
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