The classic face mask has evolved in many ways over the years, we’re now spoilt for choice with a range of sheet masks, clay masks, rinse masks, cream masks, peel-off masks, sleep masks and of course, the DIY mask which is what we are focusing on today. We have put together a list of five at-home face masks you can whip up with ingredients from your kitchen for your pampering pleasure. So save your money and get creative with one of these five recipes for moisturising, exfoliating, skin-restoring, energising and nourishing DIY face masks. Your skin and your bank account will thank you for it.
Moisturising banana face mask
Bananas are rich in Potassium and Vitamin A which are great for putting hydration and moisture back into the skin.
¼ cup plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons of honey
Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, add in the yoghurt and honey then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.
Skin restoring milk mask
Milk contains Retinol which is a skin-restoring antioxidant. Milk is also rich in Vitamin D which has anti-inflammatory effects and gives protection against UV rays.
¼ cup powdered milk
Mix ¼ cup of milk powder with enough warm water to form a thick paste. Coat your face in the paste, let it dry then wash off with warm water.
Exfoliating oatmeal mask
Oatmeal can soak up the excess oil in your skin which can help to treat the cause of acne. It also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help remove dead skin cell buildup. Oats also contain compounds called Saponins which are natural cleansers, so they can help remove dirt from the skin.
⅓ cup of oatmeal
2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons of honey
1 small egg white
Mix the oatmeal with ½ cup of hot water, let the oatmeal and water settle for two to three minutes then mix in the yoghurt, honey and egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, let it absorb for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse.
Nourishing avocado, cocoa and honey mask
The natural oils found in avocado can penetrate the skin to help nourish, soften and hydrate.
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
Mash the avocado up then stir in the cocoa powder and the honey, make sure you mix and mash it well. Apply the mask to clean and dry skin then leave for 10 minutes. Rinse then moisturise.
Energising honey and citrus mask
Citrus, such as oranges contain high levels of vitamin C which helps to regenerate collagen, which maintains the elasticity in your skin. Citrus can also exfoliate the skin, cleaning out the clogged pores and can help to reduce and prevent pigmentation from the sun.
3 tablespoons of orange juice
¼ cup of honey
Combine the orange juice and honey, rub the mixture lightly over your face, let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse and follow with a moisturiser.