We don’t like the look of lines, wrinkles and sagging skin in the mirror. While we honor the rhythms of life and accept graceful aging as part of a package (of which our growing wisdom is one), we also know in our hearts that the speed at which we age (as a collective) is far too rapid. We know that with proper and holistic intervention we can look decades younger. This may sound like quite the statement; but personally I know it to be true.
When I say intervention, I do not mean any speedy and shortcut methods. I don’t mean plastic surgery. I also do not mean the latest product in the industry that promises the world. No. I mean a close look at our life for the purpose of making long-lasting changes. Healthy diet, elimination of toxic habits, stress minimization, good sleep and a skin and hair care routine made with natural and time-tested ingredients. If you have all of this implemented, I can be brave enough to say that you can begin to look younger in short time. Your skin, hair and body in general will begin a healing process that will become visible externally to one and all.
Proteins play a vital role in our external appearance and in the aging process. Our skin’s framework is made of elastin and collagen: Both proteins. Eating a healthy diet with adequate amounts of plant proteins can play an important role in keeping our skin firm and dewy. Externally having a daily and weekly skin care routine made with products rich in fatty acids can create an environment where the skin cells remain in a repaired rather than damaged state. So in that sense fats too are extremely important to keep our skin youthful and healthy.
Most precious oils like wheatgerm oil, almond oil, jojoba, rose hip oil etc are very rich in anti-aging fatty acids. So taken together I feel proteins and fats are essential to keep your skin healthy, vital and youthful for a very long time indeed.
Let’s try these protein rich face mask remedies to revitalize the skin, firm it up and reduce the look of lines, wrinkles & dullness.
1. Chia Seeds Face Mask for Skin Tightening
Chia seeds are protein rich and easily available at a health food or grocery store. When mixed with water, they turn into gelatinous substance that gives the mix a slimy feel. A chia seed face mask can offer you excellent skin tightening benefits.
Chia Seeds, 2 tsp
Water, 5 tsp
Almond oil, 10 drops
Powder the chia seeds in a blender. Add lukewarm waster. Set aside for an hour till the mix becomes gel-like. Add the almond oil. Now apply the mix to your clean face using fingertips. Start from the forehead and work your way down to your chin. Leave it on for about 10-minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Pat your face dry and use yourserum and lotion right after.
2. Quinoa & Banana Skin Revitalizing and Anti-Aging Face Mask
Quinoa is a protein rich superfood that is also abundant in vitamins. Particularly vitamins A and E in quinoa can help with dark spot and free radical reduction. It also
contains lysine that can help your skin maintain it firmness. Banana in this face mask, helps perk up your tired skin and provide natural hydration required to it glowing. Additionally, it also contains the antioxidant lutein.
Organic Quinoa flour, 1 tbsp
Mashed banana, 1 tbsp.
Water to thin out if needed
Take the quinoa flour and banana and combine them in a bowl to make a thick paste. You can use your blender to powder quinoa grains. Add just enough water to thin out the mix if needed. Apply this mixture on clean face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Gently scrub the mixture away when dry and wash off with warm water. Follow with your daily skin care routine.
3. Soy Milk & Oatmeal Age Defense Face Mask
Soy milk contains proteins and vitamin E, both awesome for your skin and hair. Oatmeal, on the other hand, works as a gentle exfoliator that can eliminate dead skin cells and also provide moisturizing benefits. It is well regarded as a hydration boosting ingredient.
Soy milk, 3 tbsp.
Mix the oat flour and soy milk in a bowl until you create a consistency of ketchup. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it in for 15 minutes. Wipe with a wet towel. You can use this mask 1-2 times a week. Do not forget to use yourtoner, serum and lotion immediately after.
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4. Almonds, Mango & Turmeric Anti-Wrinkle Face Mask
Almonds contain a significant percentage of your daily protein requirement. They can rightly be called superfood for your skin. Rich in vitamin E, almonds provide great nourishment & protection to your skin as well. The oatmeal and mango present in this
mask gently exfoliate and help promote firmness. This mask is ideal for wrinkle reduction and also to prevent premature aging of skin.
Turmeric, 1/4th tsp.
Mashed ripe mango, 4-5 tbsp.
Oat flour, to make a thick paste
Crush the almonds in a grinder and mix them with the other ingredients. Apply it to your skin, and leave on for 15-minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow with your complete daily skin care routine.
"I have been using this product for about 6 months now. I have seen a lot of progress in how my skin looks. It is glowing more. I wanted to make sure that you all get a chance to try it too. It is great. And I love it."
5. Banana & Kidney Beans Wrinkle Reducing Remedy
Kidney beans are rich in protein and can be easily used on your skin as well. When mixed with banana, which is rich in lutein and many beneficial vitamins like C and E, kidney beans can make a very easy and effective face mask. The addition of clay in this mask makes for some serious skin cleansing and firming potential.
Mashed banana, 1 tbsp.
Kidney bean paste, 1 tbsp.
Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) or bentonite clay.
Prepare the mask by mixing all the ingredients together. Add just enough clay to make a thick paste. Apply on your skin in an upward direction. Leave on for 10-12 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and follow with your skin care products meant for your skin type. Find out your skin type by clicking here.
6. Flaxseed Skin Plumping Face Mask:
Flaxseeds are rich in proteins and omega 3 fatty acids. This natural ingredient is a powerhouse of nourishment for the whole body. Skin, hair, nails, joints…you name it. Flaxseed holds the magic to wellness and beauty.
Ground flaxseed, 1 tsp
Water, enough to form a paste
Use a blender to grind the flaxseeds into a fine powder. Or you can buy flaxseed powder from your natural food store. Add enough water to cover the powder and let it soak for at least 15 minutes. When the mixture attains gooey consistency, you can add more water if needed to form a thick paste. Apply it to your face and leave it on until it completely dries up, then use warm water to rinse it off. Follow with your toner, serum and lotion.
7. Avocado & Fuller’s Earth Skin Firming Mix
Avocadoes are rich source of protein, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. There is nothing better than an avocado to bring instant softness and glow to your skin. Mix in some
fuller’s earth or a clay of your choice, and get ready to welcome firm and radiant skin.
Avocado paste, 2 tbsp.
Fresh lemon juice, 12 drops
Fuller’s Earth, enough to make a thick paste
Mix well and apply all over your face, except the eye area. Wash your face with warm water and follow with your daily skin care routine.
8. Pea Powder Protein Wrinkle Reducing Face Mask
Peas can become an awesome protein-rich addition to any face mask. Pea powder is easily available at a health food store. Or you can grind dried peas (also available at a grocery store) right at home. Pea powder is a source of what is commonly called “complete protein”. I feel it can make a fantastic face mask as well.
Pea powder, 2 tbsp.
Coconut water, enough to make a paste
Mix well and apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Use warm water to wash and follow with your toner, serum and lotion. Use 1-2 times a week.
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9. Walnut & Blackberry Skin Tightening & Anti-Aging Remedy
Blackberries contain antioxidants, vitamin A and C that are ideal for perfectly glowing skin. The walnuts present in this face mask contain high amounts of protein and essential fats that are vital to keep your skin youthful and free of lines and wrinkles.
Walnuts, a handful
Blackberries, enough to blend to a smooth paste
Brown sugar, 1 tbsp
Mix walnut and blackberries in a blender to make a paste. Start with a few blackberries at a time and add more as needed till the paste thickens up. Add the brown sugar and thin out with some water if needed. Apply it to your face and allow it to dry for 10-12 minutes. Wash and apply toner, serum and lotion.
10. Gram Flour & Coconut Milk Anti-Aging Face Mask
Gram flour is a very rich source of protein and has been suggested in Ayurveda for its skin care benefits. It is excellent to absorb excess oil and discourage blackheads and acne. In this mask it comes together with coconut milk, which is used here for its medium chain fatty acid called lauric acid. Remember how in the beginning of this article, I said that skin cells thrive on a combination of proteins and fats. Both are essential for skin that does not show signs of aging anytime soon. In addition, existing signs of aging can be diminished when skin is fed a combination of high quality fats and proteins.
Gram flour, 3 tbsp
Coconut milk, enough to make a thick paste
Mix the two ingredients well to make a thick paste. Apply on your face and neck in an upward direction. Wash in 10-12 minutes and then follow with your skin care routine.
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