by Olesya Novik
Want flawless skin? Of course you do, who doesn’t?
Want the best products money can buy, to achieve it? Sure, why the heck not?
But can you allow yourself to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on creams and serums? Maybe you can… but many of us can’t.
So what’s a girl to do?!
Well, I’ve decided to put together an article with some of my favorite diy masks, using simple ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen right now. The best part is, they’re highly effective — and many of these recipes are actually used at some high-end spas!
Take the time to indulge yourself in a few hours dedicated to beauty. It’s not only terrific for your skin, but it’s great for overall relaxation, as well.
Proper preparation is important here, as we want all those wonderful nutrients to penetrate the skin. So prior to applying any mask onto the skin, you’ll want to cleanse well with your favorite cleanser, then relax your skin and open up those pores by applying a clean towel soaked in a bowl of herbal tea (chamomile works great!).
Keep the towel on your face until it’s cooled, then remove, and apply any of the following masks…
Cucumber and Aloe Mask for Oily Skin
2 tablespoons Oats
2 tablespoon Aloe gel or 1 teaspoon fresh Aloe juice
1 Egg white
Peel the cucumber, cut it up, and blend it into a smooth puree. Add the oats, and blend into a paste. Then add the egg white and the aloe, and combine well.
Apply to face and neck, and let sit on the skin for up to 20 minutes (or until dry). Rinse with warm water.
Banana Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Mash the banana and combine it with the honey and lemon juice. Apply to face for 10-15 minutes, rinse with cool water.
Strawberry Mask for Oily Skin
1 teaspoon plain, full fat yogurt
Mash the strawberries and combine them with the yogurt. Apply to skin for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Avocado Mask for Dry Skin
1 teaspoon honey
Mash the avocado combine it with the honey and apply to skin. Leave on for up to 20 minutes and rinse face with warm water.
Rosewater Mask for Delicate or Irritated Skin
2 tablespoons of Rosewater
4 tablespoons of Honey
1 tablespoon of Jojoba Oil
2 drops of Rose Essential Oil
Stir the oils into the honey, gradually. Once combined, stir in the rosewater. When mixture looks smooth, apply to face and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.