Face masks are a popular beauty regime and are often easy to find behind any cosmetic counter. However, purchasing these pre-made and usually, chemically-enhanced masks do not always address what your skin may actually require. Depending upon your skin type, whether it’s greasy, dry, or acne prone, certain masks may not be good for you. Luckily, you can make DIY face masks in your home from natural ingredients, saving you wasted time, money, and unnecessary skin irritation.
Strawberries contain malic acid along with a lot of vitamin C, making this mask an antioxidant booster which helps fight pollution and brightens the skin. Chia seeds gently help draw moisture to the skin and helps exfoliate, while the yogurt and honey help to calm irritation.
1/4 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
5 strawberries, pureed in a blender on high
1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxseed
In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients. Using your fingertips, gently apply this scrub-like mask to your entire face and neck, spending at least two minutes exfoliating your skin in a circular motion. Allow the mask to set for 10 to 15 minutes before removing with a damp, warm washcloth.
Egg white proteins work great on oily skin because egg proteins tighten pores and help eliminate acne-causing bacteria. This mask also helps even out your skin tone, but make sure to wear an old T-shirt because the turmeric powder and mask can stain.
1 egg white
1 teaspoon of orange juice
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Whisk everything together with the orange juice. The OJ gives your skin a great dose of vitamin C, and the turmeric powder is an herb that has brightening properties. Apply generously and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off the mask with warm water once it’s dried.
Cucumbers are notoriously associated with spa days, but there’s a great reason for that! Do you ever have red, irritated skin? A cucumber helps hydrate your skin and it cools inflammation. You can mix up this calming mask for a dose of moisture that will also aid in the healing process.
1/2 cucumber, grated
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon olive oil
Combine everything in a small bowl. Apply a generous layer to your face and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, remove the mask by wiping your face with a wet, warm washcloth.