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7 Homemade face masks for beauty routine

What to do if you desperately need a facial, but cannot get to the salon?

Covid and the associated events of 2020 (and possible beyond) taught us an important lesson–we need to rely more on our own talents and knowledge when it comes to beauty treatments and personal care.  Closed hair salons, inability to do manicure and pedicure, closed spas, unavailable facial treatments and professional beauty therapies left us with a desperate need to change and learn to do DIY beauty rituals at home.

Today we will discuss the top homemade facial treatments you can do at home with easy ingredients from your fridge, but first a few ground rules:

  • Never apply raw ingredients, without pre-mixing them, directly onto your skin, e.g., acid in lemon or apple cider vinegar as they might damage sensitive skin.
  • Use fresh ingredients, if you won’t eat it, you should not be putting it onto your skin.
  • Do a patch test first to avoid an adverse reaction.
  • Use your DIY treatment on the same day you made it. Remember your DIY mask does not have any preservatives, therefore bacteria might get into it easily.

 

DIY face masks from your fridge

 

Protect your skin against pollution with an Almond mask

  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Handful of ground almonds
  • How does it work?

There is a reason why almond oil is a popular ingredient in beauty products: it has fatty acid which can penetrate the skin, leaving it soft and supple. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and can fortify against free radicals which can lead to dullness, dehydration and fine lines.

 

A quick ‘pick-me-up mask

  • 1/2 cup of hot boiling water
  • 1/3 cup of oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • One egg white
  • How does it work?

Put oatmeal into the boiling water and let it rest. Pour in the rest of the ingredients and wait for them to cool down. Apply to your face for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Oats have great healing and moisturising properties and help to nourish, calm and smooth your skin. You can use milk instead of water for extra exfoliation.

 

Creamy avocado mask

  • Half an avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • How does it work?

Thanks to fatty acids, avocado will help to smooth and calm your skin. This mask is essential for an effective weekly moisturising routine. Finish the treatment with your favourite day or night cream to lock in the benefits.

 

Banana & Turmeric mask

  • One smashed banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • How does it work?

This is a power mask to improve skin tone and to fight off acne. Bananas are full of vitamin A, which promotes skin-cell turnover and helps pores stay clean.   While the turmeric powder helps with skin pigmentation, especially if you are a sun lover.

 

Cooling Mask

  • Half an Avocado
  • Half a cucumber, blended together
  • How does it work?

Cucumber mainly contains water, making this mask super refreshing and hydrating. In the meantime, avocado’s fatty acids will ensure to lock in the moisture, it is also believed to reduce inflammation.

 

Hydration face masks

  • 12 Grapes mashed together
  • 1 tablespoon of  flour
  • How does it work?

Mix the ingredients well and let them sit for 15 minutes before applying. The weak acid in grapes acts as a gentle exfoliator that effectively removes dead skin cells. The Vitamin E helps your skin to retain the moisture it needs to stay healthy. Here’s how to exfoliate and hydrate at the same time.

 

Raspberry face masks

  • 6 raspberries
  • 1 green tea teabag
  • 1 cup of boiled water
  • How does it work?

This mask will help to brighten dull skin. Green tea and raspberries are full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Green tea also acts as an anti-inflammatory to help with red and irritated skin.

In addition to this great homemade DIY face mask, remember to drink plenty of water, eat a well balanced diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Those simple guidelines combined with  DIY spa treatment will give you a perfect beauty routine.

Remember that our skin is the largest organ in our body, so we should take especial care of it. Always start with clean skin, try one of our body washes as a first step in your at-home-spa.

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