DIY Face Masks

There’s not much that a good face mask cannot fix. From visibly awakening our stressed out faces, to sorting out the odd zit to minimising the appearance of large pores. One con, however, is the price tag that they often come with, but did you know that you can find many staple ingredients for a good face mask (that actually works) in your own kitchen? Yes, you heard that right, face masks need not be ridiculously priced, in fact, you could essentially make many without spending a single extra penny!

1) The Hydration Face Mask

What you’ll need:
– ½ avocado
– 1 tbsp honey (preferably organic honey)
– 1 tbsp oats

Directions: Mix up all the components into a paste, apply to your face, leave on for 10 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water using circular motions with your fingers.

Why this works: Honey is a great natural humectant (it’s able to preserve moisture) so it is able to help your skin retains it moisture. Not only that, honey is also a great antioxidant and has antibacterial properties. Avocado helps to moisturise skin due to the abundance of healthy fatty acids, and oats are also a great antioxidant and additionally have anti-inflammatory properties, and when rubbed, help to exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells, revealing healthier looking skin.

2) The Oily and Acne Prone Skin Face Mask

What you’ll need:
– 2 tbsp lemon juice
– 2 tbsp natural yogurt

Directions: Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to yogurt and mix into a paste, leave on for up to 10 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.

Why this works: The acid in lemon juice helps to absorb excess oil whilst the lactic acid and alpha hydroxyl acid in yogurt help to naturally exfoliate the skin and unclog pores to treat acne.

3) The Brightening Face Mask

What you’ll need:
– 2 tbsp oats
– 1 tbsp honey
– ½ banana
– 1 tsp natural yogurt

Directions: Mix all the above into a paste, apply to face, leave on for 15 minutes and gently rub in circular motions as you rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Why this works: Oats are a natural exfoliant so they help to remove dead skin cells, revealing brighter looking skin underneath. Honey helps to moisturise the skin, giving it some life and a healthy glow. Bananas are packed with vitamin C which greatly helps to brighten skin without drying it up (unlike lemon juice) and yogurt is another great natural exfoliant. If you find this mask to be a little drying for your face, you can give the yogurt a skip.

4) The Baby Soft Skin Face Mask

What you’ll need:
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions: Mix the brown sugar and coconut oil into a paste, apply onto face and leave for 5 minutes, then gently rub the face in small circular motions for at least a minute and rinse off with lukewarm water.

Why this works: Brown sugar, other than the fact that it obviously exfoliates the skin because of its grains, is also a natural source of glycolic acid (an exfoliant instagrammers rave about) which means that it’s really able to give the skin a deep clean. This can leave the skin feeling slightly irritated so the coconut oil helps to soothe the skin and give it the much needed hydration both while the mask sits on your face, and after you wash it off.

5) The Glow Face Mask

What you’ll need:
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp mashed up papaya
1 tsp aloe vera gel (either fresh from the plant or preserved)

Directions: Mix into a paste, apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.

Why this works: Let’s start off with the wonder ingredient, aloe vera. It’s literally packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E so if you remember from my post about vitamins for your skin and hair, you’ll know that these vitamins help to boost radiance, soothe the skin, provide antioxidants and hydrate the skin. You could simply apply aloe vera to your face and see a visible improvement over time so imagine the added benefits of cacao, a natural antioxidant which helps to prevent premature aging (yay!) and papaya a natural exfoliant (due to the enzyme papain) and skin brightener. I’m telling you, this is THE face mask we all need!

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