Easy DIY Face Masks
It’s easy to enjoy a little natural skin therapy at home, so we thought we'd share our favourite recipes for homemade face masks, all of which are simple but effective.
Before you delve into your fridge and cupboards, for best results it's important that you remember to:-
Gently cleanse and tone your skin before applying your mask
Your skin needs to be clean and fresh to reap the benefits of all the lovely, natural ingredients.
Avoid applying certain ingredients directly onto your skin
DIY face masks are perfectly safe but there are a few products you should avoid putting directly on to the skin without pre-mixing first, particularly lemons or any vinegar (which could make the skin sensitive to light and could also could cause skin bleaching) and turmeric (which can stain the skin).
Check sell-by dates
The tub of yogurt that's been in your fridge for ages - don't use it, even if it's unopened. If you wouldn't eat it, don’t put it on your skin. You want skin that's clear, glowing and gorgeous, not full of red blotches.
Do a patch test first to see how your skin will react
If in doubt, patch test on an area that is out of site, like the side of the neck, before applying all over the face. Whilst raw ingredients may seem a simple, natural alternative, it's always best to test for adverse or allergic reactions first.
Use the mask on the day you make it
Ingredients exposed to air and bacteria will very quickly go off and could easily irritate the skin. To be on the safe side, make your mask with fresh ingredients and use it within an hour of mixing.
After removing the mask, follow with a gentle moisturiser - preferably containing only natural ingredients.
Sooth Eczema or Irritated Skin
This is a really easy recipe for irritated, sensitive or eczema-prone skin. The hero ingredient in this simple DIY is oatmeal which has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help calm dry skin and remove dead skin cells. When oatmeal is coupled with antibacterial honey, it's a really simple skin-soothing treat.
1 tablespoon oatmeal
1 teaspoon raw honey
½ teaspoon water
Crush the oatmeal using a pestle and mortar.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix to form a thick lotion.
Smooth a thin layer over skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
Remove gently with warm water.
Brighten Dull, Dry Skin
This fabulous but simple mask will cool and calm your skin, leaving it refreshed and dewy. Not only does Greek yogurt feel really good when smoothed over your skin, it's also loaded with lactic acid to help soften your skin and probiotics to soothe inflammation.
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon oatmeal
1 teaspoon honey
Measure the ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.
Smooth over your skin and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water.
Hydrate and Nourish All Skin Types (even For Acne-Prone Skin)
If you have dry skin, the majority of dry-skin remedies involve heavy oils that can also contribute to clogged pores which is not helpful if you are prone to acne. This DIY face mask is super easy but also super effective. Avocados are full of fatty acids which help soothe and moisturise your dry skin barrier, while honey is a natural hydrater and astringent, treating acne and inflammatory skin conditions without drying out or irritating your skin. Oats have healing and moisturising properties and are brilliant at nourishing, calming and soothing skin.
Half an avocado
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon of oats
Mash the avocado in a small bowl.
Add the honey and oats, and mix well together.
Smooth over your face and leave for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse well using warm water.
Treat Dark Spots and Acne Scars
The magical ingredient in this mask is turmeric which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is effective in gently brightening discoloration while killing microorganisms on your skin. Applying straight turmeric without a ‘buffer’ can temporarily stain your skin yellow, but adding yoghurt and olive oil creates a barrier to prevent any discolouration.
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well together.
Smooth over your face and leave for 10 minutes.
Remove thoroughly using warm water.
Minimise Large Pores
Despite what you might have heard, there's no real way to 'close up' your pores, but there are clever ways to make them less visible. Both egg white and lemon juice have clever astringent properties which will tighten the skin and make enlarged pores much less obvious. It's the perfect pre-foundation ritual - just be careful not to get any in your mouth. The addition of honey is important as it will boost your skin's moisture levels and provide suppleness to take away any uncomfortable, taught feeling.
1 egg white
1 tablespoon of honey
A little squeeze of lemon juice
Whisk together the egg white and lemon juice until frothy.
Gently stir in the honey.
Smooth over your face and leave for 15 minutes.
Rinse well using warm water.