Store-bought masks are a thing of the past! Here's a list of facial masks that you can easily put together in the comfort of your home with natural ingredients from your pantry. The result - wonders for your skin!
Nutmeg, Honey and Cinnamon
What it does: A calming and soothing mask that removes all the stress from a long day at work. Nutmeg and honey are anti-inflammatories which reduce swelling and redness in the face. The cinnamon is a great exfoliate that cleans your skin from the inside out.
How to make it: To make the mask mix 2 tablespoons of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of nutmeg. This should come out to the consistency of a thick paste. Once the mask is ready, apply it to your face and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, scrubbing in circles to maximize its exfoliate effects.
Avocado, Lemon juice and Egg White
What it does: Although this sounds like a recipe for a sandwich, the combination is the perfect solution for oily skin. Avocado hydrates the skin, which surprisingly is the secret behind oily skin, lemon acts like a cleansing astringent, and egg whites tighten the pores.
How to make it: Take one avocado and mash it up in a bowl with the egg white and lemon juice. Mix until smooth and then apply to the face. Leave to set on the face for 20 minutes and to remove it, rinse with warm water.
Honey and Oatmeal
What it does: This facial mask is perfect for those with dry or chapped skin. It is also a good mask for those with acne and sensitive skin, and it can be used daily as needed.
How to make it: First, grind the oatmeal into powder (this can be done with a coffee grinder or in a small blender). Mix together the oatmeal powder with honey and distilled water in a bowl, adding about 1/4 teaspoon of each until the consistency is thick. Apply the mask and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse it off gently by scrubbing in a circular motion.
Coffee and Cocoa
What it does: These caffeinated ingredients are renowned solutions for under-eye puffiness and skin brightening when combined. Additions can be added according to our skin type in order to maximize its effectiveness, like honey for dry skin, lemon for oily skin or oils for very dry skin.
How to make it: Take about 4 tablespoons of finely ground coffee beans and the same amount of unsweetened cocoa powder. Add about 8 tablespoons of heavy cream or whole milk (this can be substituted with one of the skin-type options listed above), and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix them all together until you get a smooth paste, and apply it to the skin until it dries. To finish, rinse the mask off with warm water and save whatever's left for later in the week!
Cucumber and Yogurt
What it does: Cucumbers are known for their refreshing effect, but they are an excellent anti-aging ingredient. The cucumber and yogurt combination work together to both tighten and moisturize the skin for an awake and glowing look.
How to make it: First, cut the cucumber in half and remove its seeds with a spoon. Then cut the cucumber into cubes and put them in a blender together with the yogurt, and, if you have it, milk powder (this makes the consistency a pit thicker). Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with cold water to maximize the tightening effects.
Try them all, or only one, and your skin will be radiant!