Wanting soft, glowing and healthy skin is great. But spending half of your salary on face masks? Not so much. In sheet form, peel offs, clay masks, the carbonated bubbly ones and now everyone is going gaga over DIY masks because let’s be honest ladies, walking out of Sephora with the stress of how you’re going to explain this splurge, is something nobody wants to deal with. So stop burning a hole in your pocket, walk right into your kitchens and pamper yourself with these homemade facial masks.
Oh coffee, let us count in how many ways we love you. Coffee scrubs do what a strong cup of coffee on a Monday morning does to your body, energizes it and well gets you going. Plus who doesn’t love the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. Mix a spoonful of ground coffee and a small amount of honey to a bowl of yogurt and apply it to your face for about 30 minutes. The mask soothes your skin, reduces the puffiness under your eyes and instantly brightens it.
This is a great mask for dry and stressed out skin. Mash a ripe avocado until it’s soft and mix it with some honey and yogurt. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. And avocado kedavra, soft, smooth and hydrated skin in minutes.
Who needs Botox when you have bananas? Mash up half a banana into a smooth paste, mix in a tablespoon of lime juice and honey, and gently massage it onto your skin. Keep it on for 20 minutes, and then rinse it out with cold water. This leaves you skin super moisturized and naturally glowing. Anti-aging treatment done right.
Oats act as a natural exfoliator and are known for their soothing properties. They heal rough patches, breakouts and redness, leaving the skin feeling plump and soft. Mix 2 teaspoons of raw oats with a drop of honey and gently scrub it on your face in circular motions for a couple of minutes rinse it off with lukewarm water and you’re good to go. Pro tip: Doubles up as delicious breakfast with some fresh berries.
The tropical fruit is rich in antioxidants and helps hyper pigmentation, dark circles and sun spots. Blend together two tablespoons of honey and a ripe papaya and slather it on to your face evenly for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with water and moisturize for a healthy and glowing complexion. Papa-Yeaaaah!
Here is another fan-tea-astic way to give yourself a spa treatment at home. Tea based face masks are infused with essential vitamins C and E, which rejuvenate your skin, fight signs of ageing and act as a protector from harmful UV rays. Soak a handful of green tea leaves in water overnight and squeeze a wedge of lemon in the mix right before applying it to your face. Keep the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and scrub it off with a muslin cloth. You can also add a pinch of turmeric powder to fight acne, blemishes and dark spots. Pro tip: pop the tea mix in the refrigerator overnight for a refreshing feeling.
It just doesn’t get any easier. Lemons are antibacterial and can help to treat acne, lighten and brighten the skin. This lemon and honey based mask is a quick fix and gives your face that healthy inner glow. Apply the paste to you face and leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse it off with warm then cold water and moisturize. Pro tip: a pinch of cinnamon does the job and gets rid of any redness or bumps on the skin.
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