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5 One-Ingredient Face Masks To Try This Weekend 

Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director
By Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director
Alexandra Engler is the Beauty Director. Previously she worked at Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com.
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September 4, 2020

We are certainly fans of DIY masks around here—we're fans of DIY anything, really. (I think the internet writ large can agree given how many viral celeb videos or DIY "hacks" flood our Instagram feeds.) And while we do love concocting oh-so-fun recipes with the goods we have in our cabinet, we can't help but to have days when all we want is a one-step treatment. 

Well, DIY can be just as simple as that. In fact, these five face masks are all one ingredient! That's just how potent said ingredient is. 

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1.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is the soothing, refreshing post-summer favorite. (It's also—we should add—a favorite for even mainstream beauty companies, with the ingredient added to several popular beauty products.) And while you can whip up a mask with added ingredients from your kitchen, all you really need is the aloe vera juice itself. You can buy juice at the store, but fresh is best, in our opinion. Peek the best aloe vera maintenance tips here if you're ready to tend to your own. Apply the juice to your skin, and wash it off in about 10 minutes. 

2.

Colloidal Oat

A soothing staple, colloidal oatmeal has significant anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its high antioxidant content. One is called avenanthramides, which are particularly effective in reducing itch and inflammation, making colloidal oat lotion an excellent option the next time you're suffering from atopic dermatitis, rashes, or itch. Read: Great for mask irritation. Simply mix with a bit of water (OK, technically this has two ingredients) until it forms a paste and apply to skin. Leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. 

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3.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey comes from the Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium), a small flowering tree that's found in New Zealand and eastern Australia. When used topically, it's a humectant. When applied topically, honey actively draws water molecules into the stratum corneum, the top layer of your skin. This can be a game-changer for dryness because your skin needs enough water to stay flexible, hydrated, and healthy. Without enough H20, dead skin cells can accumulate, causing dryness and flaking galore. All you have to do is grab a jar and slather a thin-to-medium layer for 10 to 20 minutes. 

4.

Yogurt

Just slather on some plain, full-fat Greek yogurt and you've got a skin-softening face mask. Yogurt is full of good-for-skin probiotics, which nourish your skin's microbiome. It also contains lactic acid, a chemical exfoliant that gently sloughs dead skin cells and brightens the complexion.

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5.

Avocado

This healthy snack staple is also great for slathering on your skin. The food is filled with fatty acids, antioxidants, and loads of other nutrients that help soothe, plump, and nurture the skin. Scoop out the insides and smear it on your face—simple as that! 

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Alexandra Engler
Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director

Alexandra Engler is the Beauty Director at mindbodygreen. She received her journalism degree from Marquette University, graduating first in the department. She has worked at many top publications and brands including Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com. In her current role, she covers all the latest trends and updates in the clean and natural beauty space, as well as travel, financial wellness, and parenting. She has reported on the intricacies of product formulations, the diversification of the beauty industry, and and in-depth look on how to treat acne from the inside, out (after a decade-long struggle with the skin condition herself). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.