Oh, face masks, let us count the ways we love thee: 1. in sheet form, 2. in splash form, 3. in clay form, and now we're adding 4. in DIY form, because, let's be honest—we're sometimes lazy. Really lazy. And/or we don't have the desire (or the money) to run to the store every week for new face masks. In a perfect world, we would all be given The Light Salon's BOOST LED Mask and just chill on the couch in bliss like Chrissy Teigen, but the universe has other plans for us!
Also, choosing a mask for your skin type can be a trip (don't worry, we have a hack for you that will make it seem like a breeze). By comparison, the idea of just delving into the stash of goodies in the kitchen makes this budget-friendly hack feels like a day at the spa. So when you want to give your skin some TLC, but can't bring yourself to leave the vicinity of your humble abode, try these mask recipes that come courtesy of food and skincare experts. Get ready for a beautiful at-home glow money can't buy, girl!
The Cocoa Dream Hydration Mask
There are three shining stars in this yummy, fully edible mask, and they all work wonders for your face. "Avocado is extremely hydrating, cocoa is an excellent skin-soothing antioxidant, and honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory," says Holly Monson, spa manager at Ocean Pearl Spa in California.
1. Mash one-quarter of an avocado in a small bowl.
2. Stir in one tablespoon cocoa powder and one tablespoon honey, mashing and mixing well.
3. Apply the mask to your clean, dry skin for 10 minutes.
4. Wash off with warm water, then moisturize as per usual.
The Nourishing Honey Mask
"Honey is a natural antibacterial, which makes it a perfect base for acne-fighting masks," says Lily Kunin, the creator of Clean Food Dirty City and author of the plant-based cookbook Good Clean Food. "Nutritional yeast is also excellent for treating acne, as it's rich in B-vitamins that help calm the skin barrier, especially if you're breaking out around your period."
1. Brew one cup of chamomile tea with two tea bags and let cool completely.
2. In a tiny bowl, stir together one tablespoon of manuka or raw honey, and one teaspoon of nutritional yeast.
3. Add just enough chamomile tea to the bowl to create a thicker paste that's still runny enough to spread across your skin, but not too watery.
4. Apply a thin layer to your face and let sit for 20 minutes.
5. Rinse off and pat dry. Moisturize afterward!
The Organic Banana Face Mask
"This tropical face mask will give your skin such a health, natural-looking glow, and it's also designed to be gentle enough on all skin types," says Sharōn Ronen L.E., the founder and owner of Skin Haven Spa Studio & WellSpa in Australia.
1. Mash one-half of a banana in a bowl.
2. Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey.
3. Apply the mask to your face (lumps are totally fine!) and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse with lukewarm water and then moisturize.
The Breakfast Mask
"This breakfast-themed mask helps calm and mattify oily skin, thanks to its mix of soothing oatmeal and tightening egg yolks," says Ronen.
1. Combine one egg yolk, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of olive oil (yes, olive oil) with half a cup of oatmeal.
2. Stir well, then apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes.
3. Rinse with lukewarm water (make sure your drain is cool with oatmeal!) and then moisturize.
Papaya Lightening Mask
"This mask is especially great for those who have hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and uneven skin tones," says Ronen.
1. Blend together two tablespoons of honey and a half-cup of mashed papaya.
2. Gently apply the mixture over your face for 15-20 minutes.
3. Wash it off and moisturize.
Honey Citrus Mask
"This honey- and orange-based mask is the best quick fix to give dull skin a bright, pretty glow," says Ronen.
1. Combine three tablespoons of orange juice with a quarter-cup of honey.
2. Rub the mixture lightly over your face and then leave it on for 15 minutes.
3. Rinse with lukewarm water and, as always and forever, follow with a moisturizer.
The Buttery Hydration Mask
When in doubt, an exfoliating mask is always the answer, and Patel let us in on a two-part skin secret. The ingredients for this next mask can be found in your fridge, and will leave your face feeling oh-so-smooth. Here's what you'll need to do:
1. Mix 1/2 cup of buttermilk in with two tablespoons of yogurt.
2. Leave on face for a few hours and then wash off to see a glow like no other.
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