Who doesn’t love a day at the spa? The pampering, the facials and, oh yes, the sky-high bill. Treating yourself to a spa-like treatment needn’t break the bank and you probably already have the ingredients to whip up a luxurious face mask in your kitchen!
Natural face masks are one of the best ways to nourish your skin to supply some much-needed nutrients and making them yourself is a fun and frugal way to spend an afternoon. Not sure where to start? Here is a list of our favorite DIY face-mask ingredients to get you going.
- Bananas – Great for adding to a whole variety of masks, bananas are a rich source of Vitamin A and Potassium and are perfect for minimizing large pores.
- Honey – Another staple of many DIY masks, honey has natural anti-bacterial properties making it great for skin that’s prone to occasional breakouts. Honey also helps to brighten the skin for a long-lasting radiance.
- Yogurt – This rich source of alpha hydroxy acids is a perfect base for several different masks and particularly beneficial when blended with honey and banana. The AHA content of yogurt provides a gentle peeling action to rid the skin of dead cells that can make the skin appear dull and lifeless.
- Oatmeal – Applying oats to the face has a number of benefits. In addition to calming irritated and dry skin, rubbing them gently into the skin before rinsing has an exfoliating effect that will leave skin glowing.
- Egg – Your skin type will determine which part of the egg you’ll need to use in your mask. For people with oily skin, using just the egg white has an astringent effect, tightening the skin and minimizing large pores.
The white of the egg also contains an acne-fighting enzyme making it a perfect treatment for skin prone to breakouts. For those with dry skin types, applying the protein-rich yolk to the skin is deeply nourishing and provides a long-lasting hydration that’s perfect for fighting fine lines and wrinkles.
- Avocado – Skip the avocado toast and slather this rich source of ‘good’ fat on your face instead! Avocado’s high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E makes it the perfect ingredient for dry skin face treatments, soothing irritation and smoothing rough, flaky areas.
- Lemon Juice – The high levels of Ascorbic Acid (aka vitamin C) in lemon juice makes it a great choice if your skin is showing areas of hyperpigmentation. Also known as ‘age spots’, hyperpigmentation often occurs in older skin but can be treated with the skin-lightening properties lemon juice which has the added bonus of being a good source of antioxidants. To avoid stinging, make sure the skin is free of cuts or open sores.
- Strawberries – Summer is the perfect time not only to enjoy eating delicious, juicy strawberries but by also taking advantage of their awesome acne-fighting power! High in Salicyclic acid, these berries help to remove excess, pore-clogging sebum while reducing the severity of blemishes and scarring. The vitamin C and antioxidants also contained in the berry will leave the skin bright, fresh and rejuvenated.
- Coconut oil – We all know the benefits of adding coconut oil to our diet but its antifungal, antibacterial and deeply moisturizing properties make it an ideal addition to any DIY dry skin mask. Light in texture and less greasy than olive oil, coconut oil will leave the skin feeling super-soft and, used on a regular basis, reduce the signs of aging around the eyes and mouth.
Once you start making your own foodie face masks, you’ll never look at that fruit salad or yogurt parfait the same way – just make sure you eat first though or you could end up with more in your stomach than on your face!