Getting a facial is a luxurious treat, but how many of us have the time or money to go to the spa every week? Luckily, you probably have everything you need to make your own facemasks at home. All you need are a few basic ingredients and five minutes to blend them together.
Try these five masks to get started:
1) Banana face mask: Take one large banana, 1/3 cup yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of honey and blend. It should take on the consistency of a smooth paste. Bananas remove dead skin cells, lock in moisture, and help detoxify skin thanks to their antioxidant content.
Banana is a good choice for acne-prone and oily skin because it has a natural drying action. It also contains zinc, which fights the bacteria that cause acne. Honey is another popular acne treatment. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help calm the skin. Always use raw, organic honey – highly processed products may irritate your face.
2) Oatmeal face mask: Oatmeal is suitable for all skin types. It gently exfoliates skin without irritating it. Oatmeal soaks up excess oil and helps unclog pores, which in turn reduces the appearance of acne. It contains saponins, a compound that cleans pores and helps clear blackheads.
An oatmeal mask can also control itching and irritation. For example, if you have heat rash, it will soon soothe your skin. Research shows that it can also be an effective remedy for eczema. Take 2 tablespoons whole rolled oats, 4 tablespoons of whole milk, and stir to make your mask.
3) Avocado face mask: Avocado is a rich, nourishing plant with a powerful moisturizing effect. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and an array of vitamins and minerals. Fatty acids seal moisture into your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is readily absorbed by the skin and has a lovely soft, buttery texture.
To make a face mask, mix together ½ large avocado, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of olive oil. You can also add an egg white if you want a smoother consistency. When choosing an avocado, pick one that is slightly “squeezable” because this indicates it is ripe.
4) Yogurt face mask: The lactic acid in yogurt quickly removes dead skin cells. It’s the gentlest way to exfoliate your skin. Dermatologist Dr. Judith Hellman advises that yogurt is also a wonderful remedy for sunburn, particularly when chilled. Natural yogurt contains probiotics that may prevent acne and improve the overall appearance of skin.
Simply mix two tablespoons of yogurt with one tablespoon of raw cocoa powder. As well as adding a beautiful chocolate smell, the cocoa powder also adds extra antioxidants.
5) Lemon face mask: The citric acid in lemons cleans and tightens pores. This gives your skin a smoother, more youthful appearance. Lemons are also high in Vitamin C, which helps maintain skin elasticity. Finally, they contain a substance called Lutein that naturally protects skin against UV rays.
Simply add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the white of one large egg and beat until combined.
How To Use Your DIY Face Mask
To get the most from your mask, first use warm water or a warm compress to open your pores. Apply it in a thick layer over your face and neck. Leave for at least 15 minutes before washing off. Refrigerate the mask for 45-60 minutes before use for an extra cooling effect.
When applying your mask, take the opportunity to enjoy a facial self-massage. Use your fingertips to apply pressure in small, circular motions. If you are prone to tension headaches, pay particular attention to your temples and hairline.
Do not apply face masks to wounds or recent incisions. If you have been diagnosed with a skin condition, check with your doctor before using any type of face mask. Where possible, use organic produce to avoid exposing your skin to unnecessary pesticides and additives.