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I can be so lazy when it comes to taking care of my skin, as I'm sure a lot of you can be too. But when we do take care of it, it's almost worth it, am I right? The reason I say almost is because the face masks we tend to use just don't make that much of a difference to us. We spend so much money on these different masks, that tell you it 'rejuvenates the skin' or 'brightens up your face.' Most of that is just BS. But I'm here to tell you how you can make face masks that can actually make a difference, and how you can save that money.
For Dry Skin
Now let's be real, dry skin is not fun. It makes our skin irritated, makes it all flaky and it can actually make you look older than your age. When you have dry skin, it means that your skin is unable to retain moisture. But worry not, I'm about to tell you 3 face masks you can make with ingredients right downstairs in your kitchen.
Coconut Oil and Honey Mask
So what some people don't know is that coconut oil is rich in saturated fats and nourishes and moisturizes your skin without making it look too oily or greasy. Coconut oil can also control acne breakouts or skin infections. Honey on the other hand, hydrates the skin with its antibacterial properties, and leaves your skin with a soft feel.
The steps are very easy. First, take 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil and 1/4 cup of the honey and combine it in a bowl. If you don't like the smell of it, you can add an essential oil, it's up to you! Whisk the mixture and apply it all over your face. Keep the mask on for about 15-20 minutes and wash it off with warm water. To lock in the moisture you can apply your favorite moisturizer, and Voila!
Banana and Yogurt Mask
Really? A banana? Yes! Bananas are an extremely nutritious fruit with numerous health benefits. Bananas have a bunch of skin AND hair benefits because they have potassium, and vitamins E and C that work together to replenish and hydrate your skin! Also included in this mask is Honey, once again because it helps to hydrate your skin. Yogurt on the other hand, nourishes, and can soothe the dry/flaky skin and can reduce itchiness.
For this mask, peel and mash 2 bananas into a bowl. Take 1 tablespoon of honey along with 1/4 cup of yogurt. Mix it all together and apply it onto your face with a brush. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes, or until it's dry. Wash it off with warm water afterwards, and pat your face dry with a towel. Once again apply your favorite moisturizer to lock in the moisture!
Egg and Olive Oil Mask
Eggs are an amazing food to eat right? But little do you know that the yolk actually works to nourish and hydrate your skin, and locks in the moisture, so you won't have to deal with dry skin anymore! You might be thinking, olive oil? Won't that make my skin greasy? No! Olive oil is a light oil that replenishes your skin without making it look or even feel greasy. Adding in a Banana actually helps as well because of the vitamins. So here's what you need to do:
Separate one egg yolk from the shell into a bowl. In another bowl, peel and mash half of a banana. Once it's turned into a puree, add in the yolk and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and mix it all together. Apply it to your face and let it dry for about 15 minutes or so. Wash the mask off with cold water, and pat your face dry. To further moisturize your skin, you can use 2-3 drops of coconut oil to lock in the moisture!
For Oily Skin
Oily skin, in my opinion is the most irritating skin type. You break out so easily, greasy lines appear, blackheads, all that sort of stuff. Homemade face masks are probably the best to treat oily skin. Unlike store bought masks, you know exactly what's going into the mask, and you don't have to spend a dime because you can find these ingredients in your kitchen!
Yes! Just 1 tomato. Tomato's can easily dissolve the oil that's building up on your face and shrink the size of your pores, and it a=has natural astringent properties. All you have to do is mash a ripe tomato in a bowl, and apply it straight to your face for about 15 minutes. Wash it off and pat your face dry, and apply a moisturizer. Do this mask 1-3 times a week and you'll start seeing results! It will make your skin healthier, toned, and flawless by reducing acne scars and blemishes, also keeping your skin hydrated.
Lemon and Yogurt Mask
The citric acid in the lemon can help neutralize and control the natural oil of your skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid, that acts as a natural cleanser and clears dead skin cells and excess oil that may cause acne breakouts.
All you need for this is 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (preferably fresh) and 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Mix the two together until completely pureed and apply to the face. Leave it on for about 5-10 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Afterwards apply an oil-free moisturizer. Use this mask once a week before going to bed.
Lemon and Turmeric Mask
The turmeric in this mask adds anti-bacterial and anti-acne properties and can actually also help take away tanning. The milk, which contains lactic acid acts as a cleanser and the lemon helps to control oil secretion.
You'll need 1/4 cup of milk, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon juice. Mix it all together into one bowl, make sure there's no lumps and apply to the face. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Apply this mask once a week.