Ever wanted to just create your own spa day but you did not feel like leaving the house? Right here we will share with you 5 secrets where you can do your own face mask and take care of YOU.
With everything that happens upon a change of season and weather, not to mention the pollution, hormonal breakouts and allergies, there are several factors that affect our complexions. With that, it’s good to have beauty treatments in your kit to help soothe, hydrate and replenish skin. That is where masks go in because they are a great way to add a more targeted treatment into your skincare regime. And if you want to stay away from commercial products with chemicals, you will need natural masks that can be made at home! From the exfoliating powers of brown sugar, the soothing, anti-inflammatory properties of honey, through to antioxidant powers of green tea, discover our delicious and hard-working face mask recipes.
1. The Brown Sugar Scrub Mask
It is an anti-ageing, antioxidant and exfoliating treatment.
Particularly coming out of winter most of us will suffer from dry or flaky skin. This brown sugar scrub mask works wonders for those prone to acne, infused with antibacterial properties, serving as an exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells, all while tightening and refining pores, helping replenish hydration and allowing for the subsequent products you add next in your regime to work much harder.
Remember to let the mix completely cool down before applying on your skin. Sugar boils at a super high temperature so please allow time once you’ve created the mask until safe to add to skin.
1 tbsp brown sugar
Quarter glass of red wine – substitute with water if you have more sensitive skin
1 tbsp honey
Using pestle and mortar, grind brown sugar to mill down the smaller particles. If the particles are too big, it could irritate your skin.
Wine contains resveratrol – an anti-ageing ingredient found in many face creams. Boil the wine in a small pot and add the brown sugar in the ratio of 1:1. Boil until it becomes the thickness of honey.
Add the honey to it and stir.
Let the mix completely cool down for some time until it is safe to apply.
Leave it on your skin for 5 minutes and rinse it off carefully with water while gently massaging your skin in a circular and upward motion.
Tip: Do not massage if your skin gets easily irritated.
2. The Green Tea Mask:
It is a refreshing, soothing and antioxidant treatment.
Green tea contains tannic acid, catechin, vitamin A and B2, which improve the elasticity of the skin, clears impurities, tightens pores, and helps to soothe irritated and sensitive skin. People with oily, dry, and sensitive skin will absolutely love this recipe.
1 tsp Green Tea leaves
1-2 tbsp flour
2 cups water (or milk)
1 tbsp honey
Boil the Green Tea leaves in a small pot until the two cups of water (or milk) evaporate to about a half cup and brew a strong green tea.
Add the flour to the green tea little by little, until it reaches the thickness of sour cream.
Let it cool down, add the honey, mix well, and apply it directly to your skin.
Leave it for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse it off with water.
Tip: It is also good to wash your face with the green tea for a similar result.
3. The Potato Mask:
It is a calming treatment beneficial for blemishes and breakouts.
Potatoes include vitamin C, atropine, and potassium, great anti-inflammatories to calm acne and blemishes while also brightening skin. You need to make sure to remove all the potato skin and any sprouts as they contain a toxicity called solanine. This fresh mask is highly effective for those who have oily, dry, sensitive, and acne skins.
1-2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp honey
Wash and peel the potato, removing all sprouts and imperfections.
Grind it down with a blender.
Add honey to the ground potato and add flour little by little, until the consistency is less runny and thickens up.
Apply it directly on to your skin, but if you have a sheet mask, put the sheet mask on your skin first and then apply it onto the sheet.
Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it off with water.
Tip: You can use other types of grain instead of flour such as oats which are excellent for dry skin conditions.
4. The Cabbage Mask:
It is a soothing, nutrient-rich mask.
The smell might put you off but remember that cabbage is known for its soothing effect and digestive nutrients. It contains lots of vitamins such as A, C, and U, and can help tackle acne and other types of inflammation. Controlling sebum, and softening dead skin for easy removal.
Most of the time cabbages go bad before we get the chance to finish them, with this mask we get to make the most out of the leftovers!
2-4 oz yogurt,
2-4 oz honey
Grind down 1/4 cabbage with a blender. If it does not blend well, add a small amount of water.
Add the yogurt and honey to the ground cabbage little by little, until it reaches the right thickness.
Apply it directly on to your skin, but if you have a sheet mask, put the sheet mask on your skin first and then apply it on to the sheet.
Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse off with water.
Tip: It is also great to soothe irritated, dry or itchy scalps. Apply the mixture to your scalp, put a shower cap on, leave it for an hour and rinse it off.
5. The Tomato Mask:
It is a healing and anti-aging treatment.
Tomatoes have a high percentage of water, lycopene, and tocopherol, which will refresh damaged skin, heal acne scars, and help the skin become firmer, and slow signs of aging. They also contain vitamin A and C, that helps your skin’s balance and tighten pores. They also help to decrease acne and blemishes, and are super effective for people with oily skin, since they remove the excess oil.
10 cherry tomatoes
2-3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp honey
Wash the tomatoes. Remove the stem and any excess water.
Grind the tomatoes down in the blender or mash them until they become juiced.
Add 1 tbsp of honey. Also add flour little by little just until it would not run down your face when you apply it.
Apply it directly to your skin. Leave it for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse it off with water.
Pay attention for the following:
If you’re allergic to an ingredient, do your research and substitute other ingredients for it not to make things worse.
Apply patch test where you try these masks onto a small area of your skin such as the back of your hand or your neck, leave for a few hours and check for irritation. With that only apply them to your whole face only if they don’t cause irritation.
Try to use the whole mask on the day you’ve made it, never just leave it for later.
These masks are even more beneficial if you use them regularly but not every day. The recommended usage is 2-3 times a week.