Face Masks are as great at taking the stress out of a crappy day as they are at removing unsightly parched patches, exfoliating your skin & bringing a glow to your complexion.
Because we can’t raid the beauty shops for our next mask fix, you can take a look closer at home to make your own.
FACE MASK FOR OILY SKIN
Half a banana, mashed
1 tbsp yoghurt
1 tsp turmeric
Bananas are packed with vitamins which are amazing for oily skin.
Yoghurt contains lactic acid which helps dissolve dead skin cells.
Turmeric offers anti-inflammatory properties and can help brighten your complexion
How to: Mix the mashed banana with the turmeric & yoghurt.
Apply a thick (but not dripping off thick) layer over your face, avoiding your eyes.
Leave it on for 20 minutes, then wash your face with warm water and pat dry
2tbsp Baking Soda
Half A Lemon
Baking soda has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
Lemon is also antibacterial & honey is naturally hydrating
This combination of ingredients can help to soothe, moisturize and clean as your skin
Add 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda & 1 teaspoon of honey into a bowl. Squeeze half a lemon & mix all ingredients together.
Apply a layer over your face, avoiding your eyes.
Leave it on for 5-15 minutes, then wash your face with warm water and pat dry
1/2 Avocado. 1 tablespoon of honey. A handful of oats
Oats have moisturising properties & are brilliant at nourishing and soothing the skin. The oils in avocado alleviate any roughness, leaving your skin silky smooth. If you don't have any avocado, substitute it for 3 tablespoons of milk. Milk contains lactic acid which exfoliates the skin.
How To: Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with ½ Mashed Avocado, followed by the oats . Leave it on for 5-15 minutes, then wash your face with warm water and pat dry.
FACIAL GLOW MASK
1 tablespoon of cacao powder.
1/4 papaya. A small dollop of Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe Vera is filled with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 which have radiance-boosting, skin-soothing and hydrating properties.
Papaya is packed with exfoliating enzymes that will dissolve dead skin cells The added cacao has the ability to brighten and boost circulation for a plump look & feel.
How To: Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and leave it on for 10 minutes, then wash your face with warm water and pat dry.
ACNE & BLEMISH MASK
1 tablespoon of manuka honey.
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
1/2 teaspoon of Sea salt
Manuka honey has anti-bacterial properties. Turmeric offers anti-inflammatory properties and adding in Sea salt will help reduce inflammation and infection.
Together they attack the infection, irritation, swelling and excess sebum which can block pores and leads to blackheads & spots
Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and leave it on for 10 minutes, then wash your face with warm water and pat dry
What To Remember Before You Try These Face Masks:
Avoid Applying Certain Ingredients without pre-mixing
DIY face masks are safe, but avoid applying products like lemons or apple cider vinegar directly on to the skin without mixing with other ingredients because they may cause irritation on their own.
Check Expiration Dates
Even if the product is unopened. If you wouldn't eat it, it's not a good idea to slather it all over your face.
Do A Patch Test First
Just like trying out treatment, it helps to do a quick patch test to see how your skin will react. 'If in doubt, test on a small area that is out of sight, like the side of the neck before applying all over the face.