Daily exposure to the elements as well as the ageing effects of time, stress, and genetics, will all affect the one-time creamy smoothness of the skin on your face. One of the quickest and easiest ways to revitalise this prominent part of your body, the part you happen to show to the world the most, is to whip up your own face mask at home.
I love DIY masks because I can use different ingredients to make the perfect concoction, tailoring it to whatever specific problem areas I’d like to focus on, and with the cornucopia of amazing health benefits from different fruits and vegetables available there’s so many wonderful options to choose from.
Depending on what your main issues are with your complexion, whether its dullness, dryness, acne, or an uneven skin tone, there’s a mask for it. The best part is you can make it with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge. If you can, wherever possible use organic foods, as the skin on your face is quite thin and porous, and will hungrily soak up any toxins it comes into contact with.
For dry flaky skin, use avocado as your base for a mask that will nourish and hydrate your face, leaving it baby soft. The flesh in avocados is drenched in antioxidants, which will do wonders for fine lines and wrinkles. To up the ante, mash it up with a banana. The enzymes in bananas will slough off dead skin cells leaving your skin refreshed and brighter, and bananas are also an excellent natural moisturizer.
Honey is another amazing ingredient that you’ll want to utilise. It will boost the moisture in your skin without making it oily, and it’s known for reducing the appearance of scars.
One last suggestion is to try adding milk to your mask. It will act as an exfoliant as you massage it in, and the lactic acid that’s found in milk will brighten the skin without causing any irritation.
3 Masks to try at home
Exfoliating Coffee Mask
1 tablespoon of finely ground espresso beans
1 tablespoon of honey
1 1/2 teaspoon of aloe gel
2 1/4 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice (optional, skip if redness prone or sensitive skin)
Blend together & leave on the skin for 10 minutes, then rinse, tone and moisturise
Skin Brightening Papaya Mask
2 tablespoons of ripe, mashed papaya
1 tablespoon of full-fat plain yogurt
Blend & leave on the skin for 3-10 minutes, then rinse, tone and moisturise
Dry Skin Food with Mango & Avocado
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of avocado
2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 mashed mango
Blend and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse, tone and moisturise