I'm partial to a good DIY face mask session. Why? Because whether I'm suffering from dry skin, have a few pimples (adult acne?!), or am mourning a loss of radiance, there's a multitude of masks that can solve my every beauty concern. What's more, I can slap one on while I'm brushing my teeth, or on the sofa while I'm catching up on The Crown. Less than 10 minutes later, I'm embracing fresher, better-looking skin.
Here, my Rx for five brilliant all-natural masks with ingredients you'll easily find in your kitchen. They work a treat for me, and I'm positive they'll do the same for you!
Parsley and thyme are your best friends for clogged pores and inflammation. As a natural astringent, parsley pulls toxins straight out of your skin and assists in removing anything causing grief and contributing to upset pores.
- Immerse the parsley in a large bowl of boiling water and allow it to soak and cool.
- Once done, dip a washcloth in the bowl and apply to your face. Oil be gone and pores be unclogged!
- Your other option is thyme. Use 3 to 4 tablespoons and 1½ cups of hot water combined and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Filter the mixture and use it as a cleanser whenever needed.
This mask could be the antidote to pretty much any offending skin affliction but excels on itchy and rash-like conditions.
- Drop a handful of blueberries into a blender, mix them with a few tablespoons of milk—skim or whole milk both work fine—and add a few drops of witch hazel, a natural astringent. I like to puree it all together into a smooth paste, but you can do it just as easily by mashing the ingredients together with a fork or a spoon in a bowl.
- Apply the mixture to your face just as you would with any other mask and gently massage it into your skin.
- After five minutes, jump into a lukewarm shower and let the steam loosen the mask for you. Wipe off any remnants with a soft washcloth.
If your skin is looking dull, tired, and lackluster, make radiance your aim with a mask packed with plant enzymes and gentle manual exfoliants. Use when skin needs stimulating and rejuvenating for much-needed glow. Here's how make sluggish winter skin smoother:
- Mix crushed grapefruit peel and avocado with two to three drops of almond oil.
- Leave this skin-smoothing homemade face mask on for 10 minutes and rinse. The grapefruit peel's ascorbic acid will exfoliate dead skin cells and boost collagen while the avocado's healthy fats moisturize and almond oil's anti-oxidizing vitamin E will keep skin smooth.
You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade facial mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer.
- Mash up a medium-size ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck.
- Let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.
- A variation on this recipe calls for ¼ cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey (a natural acne remedy), and 1 medium banana. Your face will feel smooth as a peach and rejuvenated to boot.
There's nothing like making an orange paste in the head of winter! Acne that is caused by bacteria and extra oil/dead skin cells clogging up pores may improve with the use of an orange peel face mask of sorts, thanks to the vitamin C, citric acid, and its astringent properties. The vitamin C is particularly helpful because it promotes the growth of new healthy cells, keeping your skin in better condition overall.
- Rinse your face with water and pat dry.
- Grind/pound up your orange peels (you could use a blender, mortar and pestle, whatever gets the job done) and add a little water to create a paste.
- Once you have the right consistency, apply it to your face and/or problem areas.
- Wait for 20 to 25 minutes. Rinse off completely with water, pat your face dry, and apply a good moisturizer.