Four DIY Face Masks That Are Hiding In Your Kitchen Right Now

Green beauty is making a strong move onto the shelves and websites of your favourite stores. Hundreds of new green brands have emerged touting potions and lotions made with the golden seal of Mother Nature herself. However, having the freshest ingredients and the most exotic components in your daily beauty regimen comes at a price. We’ve discovered four simple, inexpensive and all-natural face masks that can help you be at peace with nature, as well as keep some money in your pockets. The great news is, you probably have these ingredients in your kitchen right now!

Take a look at the masks below and let us know how if you use any of them. Are you familiar with any of the masks below? What’s your take on the new wave of green beauty?

Mask #1: Honey & Lemon Normalizing Mask

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. honey (raw honey is best)

2 tsp lemon juice

¼ tsp lemon zest (optional)

Directions:

– Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl

– Apply to a freshly cleansed face and neck with a makeup brush

– Leave on for up to 15 minutes

– Rinse off with tepid water

– Follow with your moisturizer of choice

Benefits:

The acid in lemons helps to remove dead skin cells. It can also assist in clearing up acne, blackheads and discoloration. Honey is a natural antioxidant and is also antibacterial. It is also a great humectant, which means that it draws moisture to your skin.

 

Mask #2: Yogurt & Oat Balancing Pack

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Greek yogurt or plain yogurt (do not use sugar/fat-free)

1 tbsp. oats (unflavoured, no sugar added)

Directions:

– Lightly blend dry oats in a blender

– Mix yogurt and oats together in a small bowl

– Apply to a freshly clean face and neck with either a makeup brush or clean fingers

– Leave on for up to 15 minutes

– Gently massage your face in circular motions, be careful of the sensitive area around your eyes

– Leave on for another 5 minutes

– Rinse off with warm water

– Follow with your moisturizer of choice

Benefits:

Yogurt is high in zinc and helps to minimize blemishes and spots. It also is a natural moisturizer, making skin soft, firm and supple. Yogurt also contains lactic acid which helps dissolve dead skin cells and tighten pores. Oatmeal is very soothing for the skin. It is also a great exfoliant, gently sloughing off dead skin cells.

Mask #3: Tomato & Cucumber Moisture Mask

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed tomato juice

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed cucumber juice

Directions:

– Squeeze the juice out of ¼ a tomato and set 2 tbsp. of the juice into a small bowl

– Cut about 2 inches of cucumber; mash with a fork and take 2 tbsp. of the juice into the same bowl

– Mix juices well with a fork

– Apply to a freshly cleansed face and neck with a makeup brush

– Leave on for 30 minutes

– Rinse off with tepid water

– Follow with your moisturizer of choice

Benefits:

Cucumbers are made mostly of water and are packed with vitamin C. The extra boost of moisture helps to soothe and calm irritated skin. Tomatoes balance the pH of the skin. It also assists in keeping skin supple and reducing the appearance of pores.

 

Mask #4: Turmeric, Honey & Gram Flour Lightening Pack

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. gram/besan flour

¼ tbsp. turmeric

½ tbsp. honey

A small piece of well-ripe fruit (optional)

Directions:

– Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl

– Apply to a freshly cleansed face with a makeup brush

– Leave on till mask feels tacky to the touch (about 45 minutes)

– Rinse off well with warm water

– Follow with your moisturizer of choice

Benefits:

This is one of my personal favourite masks of all time! It visibly helps to unclog pores and reduces the appearance of scars. Gram flour helps to exfoliate dead skin cells as well as brighten the appearance of the skin. Turmeric is antibacterial and helps acne-prone skin. It also assists in lightening scars. Honey, a well-known moisturizer keeps skin soft. The added fruit helps to add trace vitamins to add a little kick to this mask!

All in all, green beauty looks like it’s here to stay. Though this is a positive move for the tight-fisted beauty industry, the price tag that can be attached to going green can be steep. Going green for beauty does not mean that one should break the bank for an eye cream! I hope that these masks can help alleviate some of your skin concerns, as well as add freshness to your everyday skin regimen with natural ingredients.

 

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