Pamper Yourself with Natural DIY Face Masks!

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Hello all!

Well, it’s Thursday and getting to the end of a long and busy week. With all the madness of the Silly Season in full swing, I thought it fitting to give you guys an excuse for some weekend pampering.

I’ve come up with some easy face mask recipes, made with products you will usually find in your cupboard and are both healthy for you and affordable. So, why not take half an hour out of your hectic schedule and give them a try!

Note that you may amend the recipes slightly to allow for desired consistency.

♦ The Blemish Banisher ♦
For Oily or Acne-Prone Skin

Ingredients

  • 3 Strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp of honey
  • 1/4 Tsp of activated charcoal (optional)
  • A few drops of essential oil (optional – tea tree or lavender)

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until at desired consistency.
  2. Place a warm damp cloth over the face for 2 minutes.
  3. Apply mixture evenly with the back of a spoon or a brush, making sure to avoid the eye area and putting focus on the oilier parts of the skin (i.e. the I or T zone).
  4. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Wipe face clean with a damp cloth.
  6. Spritz face with toner (See Extra Tip below).

♦ Moisture Magic ♦
For Dry Skin

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil (or other nut oil)
  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • A few drops of essential oil (optional – lavender, rose, sandalwood or ylang ylang )

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until it is a smooth paste.
  2. Apply to face with a brush, the back of a spoon or your fingers.
  3. Leave on face for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  5. Spritz face with toner (See Extra Tip below).

♦ The Summer Soother ♦
Sensitive or Sunburnt Skin

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup of oats
  • 1/4 Cup of natural unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • A few drops of essential oil (optional – lavender, rose or chamomile)

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until it is at a desired consistency.
  2. Apply to face gently with your fingers, being extra careful over very sensitive areas. Make sure to not rub these areas to hard as this will cause even more sensitivity.
  3. Leave on face for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  5. Spritz face with toner (See Extra Tip below).

♦ Exfoliating Mask ♦
For most skin types (except sensitive skin)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tbsp of natural sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp of natural honey

Directions

  1. Mix the ingredients in a small container.
  2. Place a warm, damp cloth over the face for 2 minutes.
  3. Using your fingers, gently apply mask all over the face in circular motions, allowing the salt crystals to exfoliate the skin.
  4. Leave on for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with a warm, damp cloth.
  6. Spritz face with toner (See Extra Tip below).

♦ Milk ‘n’ Honey ♦
For Normal or Combination Skin

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp of natural unsweetened yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsp of natural honey

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until it is at a desired consistency.
  2. Place a warm, damp cloth over the face for 2 minutes.
  3. Apply mixture to face gently with your fingers, the back of a spoon or a brush.
  4. Leave on face for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  6. Spritz face with toner (See Extra Tip below).

♦ Extra Tip ♦

For a totally relaxing at-home facial experience, put two green tea bags into boiling water then put into the fridge or freezer until they’re cold. Remove the bags and put them over your eyes while your mask is setting to diminish puffiness and soothe the skin.

With the tea formed from the tea bags, put into a spray/misting bottle and put back into the fridge. After you have used your mask, spritz on some green tea as an all natural (and inexpensive) toner and skin refresher.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! And let me know how the face masks go!

 

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