Not a kitchen goddess? These five basic things you’ll find in the kitchen or in your fridge are all you need for a successful do-it-yourself facial. Throw in a piece of fruit or cheese for some variation, and you have some great recipes for facial masks.
Surprise, surprise! Egg whites are not only for diets—they make a great face mask, too! Egg whites are known to cleanse, exfoliate, and lighten the skin. Because of their consistency, they make a great face mask base.
Some of the simplest recipes for face masks contain egg whites. One particularly moisturizing and soothing face mask combines 2 egg whites and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply this mixture, leave on for 2 minutes, and then wash with warm water.
Honey is one of the more commonly used ingredients in recipes for face masks. An antibacterial and antiseptic, honey is a good remedy for acne as it cleanses the pores and stops bacteria from growing on the skin. It’s also a natural sunblock with antioxidant properties that protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
As an ingredient in recipes for face masks, honey is quite versatile. You can combine it with aloe vera, apple, apricots, avocado, carrot, cream cheese, cucumber, lemon, mango, pear, peach, and even strawberries, pineapple, wheat germ, and yogurt to make a basic honey mask. Just remove the seeds, pits, or skin from the other ingredient you’re using and mix with honey, then mash, puree, or blend to produce a smooth paste—voila! Apply on the face for 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Easy, isn’t it?
Bananas aren’t just fun to eat — they’re also a perfect addition to recipes for face masks. They’re rich in everything that’s good for the body and the skin: magnesium, potassium, zinc, iodine, iron, and vitamins A, B, E, and F.
One facial mask that’s ideal for dry skin combines avocado, banana, and papaya—yes, good enough for dessert, but also rich in everything that makes your skin supple and smooth. Just mash and combine all three ingredients until you have a nice, smooth paste, then apply on the face for up to 20 minutes. Don’t forget to make a fruit medley that you can enjoy after a quick face mask!
Rich in fiber and an ideal breakfast staple—don’t forget humble oatmeal. You’ll be surprised with what it can do for your skin.
Oatmeal absorbs and removes the dirt and impurities in your skin. It also deep cleanses your pores and scrubs and exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft and well moisturized.Oatmeal has also been known to treat a range of skin conditions, from oily and dry skin to acne, zits, and blemishes, and even razor burns and sunburn. Gentle to the skin, oatmeal has been proven to heal dry, itchy skin and is good for those with sensitive skin.
There are many oatmeal recipes for face masks out there using cooked oatmeal or raw oats that are ground finely in a coffee grinder or food processor. One such recipe mixes 4 tablespoons cream cheese with a tablespoon of oatmeal and half a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. This combination is said to leave your skin smooth and shining as the lactic acid in the cheese shrinks your pores and cleanses your skin. Plus, the lemon has exfoliating and lightening properties.
Great for people with digestion problems, yogurt is rich in calcium and zinc—minerals you need to build strong bones and teeth. Added to your recipes for face masks, yogurt brings a healthy glow to the skin. It contains lactic acid, which smoothens rough, dry skin and prevents premature aging. The zinc in yogurt heals acne blemishes and removes impurities that trigger breakouts. If you have some skin discoloration, add some yogurt to your recipes for facial masks as it has a bleaching effect.
For a zesty, easy-to-make face mask, grate the rind of a whole grapefruit and mix with ¾ cups of yogurt. Leave on the face for 10 minutes and try to minimize sun exposure.
With these 5 basic kitchen staples, who says making your own facial masks is difficult?