Face Mask Monday!
Week 2 of our DIY March Mondays and this is a good one!
I wanted to give you a variety of masks you can make with items you already have in your pantry + home. These ingredients are simple, but are full of skin-loving nutrients.
I also want to note that smearing food on your face does in fact feel a little strange. The Avocado Mask looks like you just made a batch of guac only to cover your face in the green cream. I challenge you to embrace it, be a kid again and play with your food! Once you realize how beneficial these all-natural ingredients are you wont think twice about it. (On that note, please don't consume these masks)
3 SIMPLE DIY FACE MASKS:
1. Hydrating Avocado + Yogurt Face Mask
2. Brightening + Pore Tightening Face Mask
3. Nourishing Oat + Honey Face Mask
DIY Hydrating Avocado + Yogurt Mask
This hydrating face mask is made with just 5 ingredients from your kitchen! Avocados contain vitamin A & E, which help to hydrate the skin and provide inflammatory and acne fighting benefits. Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, that dissolves dead skin cells while also moisturizing and toning the skin. Honey has natural antioxidant properties while oatmeal soothes and nourishes the skin. Lemon juice helps lighten the skin and is a great source of vitamin C. These ingredients create one powerhouse mask great for dry to combination skin types.
1/2 ripe avocado
1/3 cup of plain yogurt (you can use greek yogurt)
2 tsp honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tbsp rolled oats (or ground oat flour)
Combine all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If using ground oat flour, you can skip the blender and mix by hand.
I like to warm my honey for 5-10 sec in the microwave to help it incorporate into the mixture easier.
Add more lemon juice if the mixture feels too thick.
*Pro tip: Place mask in the fridge for 10min before using for a cooling face mask.
Apply to dry, clean face and leave on 10-15min. Rinse with warm water (I like to rinse this one off in the shower or kitchen sink as it can be a little thick) and follow up with a few splashes of cold water. Pat dry.
DIY Brightening + Pore Tightening Face Mask
This mask is one of my favorites because its quick, simple, inexpensive yet highly effective. Lemon juice helps tone and brighten the skin, and because of it astringent properties, it can help decrease oil and reduce inflammation. Baking soda works wonders for exfoliating and softening the skin. Honey is our healing and soothing ingredient in this mix that has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
If you tend to have sensitive skin, I suggest patch testing this mask on your wrist or behind your ear for 5 min before applying it to your whole face.
Make/use this mask once a week to keep skin glowing, bright, and clean.
2 tbsp baking soda
Juice of 1/2 lemon (or 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
1 tbsp of honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. I like to warm my honey for 5-10 sec in the microwave to help it incorporate into the mixture easier. You can add more baking soda if the mixture is too thin.
You should have a thin paste consistency, similar to watery egg whites.
Apply to dry, clean face with fingertips or a mask brush and leave on 5-10 min. You should feel some tingling and tightening of the mask. If you feel a burning sensation, remove mask right away.
Rinse with warm water and follow up with a few splashes of cold water. Pat dry.
DIY Nourishing Oat + Honey Face Mask
Needing a little TLC for dry skin? This mask is ultra gentle, great for all skin types and super easy to make with just 3 ingredients! If you're just getting out of dry winter months or have had a little too much sun exposure, this mask is for you!
Repeat after me: Oats are my best friend. Again! Oats are my best friend.
Oats are a powerhouse ingredient: they soothe dry, itchy skin, have anti-inflammatory properties, naturally exfoliate the skin, and are great at absorb oil in acne prone skin!
Honey and aloe vera gel here help moisturize the skin and have great anti-inflammatory properties and skin-loving nutrients.
2 tbsp oats
3 tbsp aloe vera gel (or glycerin)
1-2 tsp of honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. I like to warm my honey for 5-10 sec in the microwave to help it incorporate into the mixture easier. Add more aloe vera gel if the mixture is too thick.
You should have a paste consistency, similar to oatmeal.
Apply to dry, clean face with fingertips or a mask brush and leave on 10-15 min.
Rinse well with warm water (I like to rinse this one off in the shower or kitchen sink as it can be a little thick) and follow up with a few splashes of cold water. Pat dry.