01Yogurt Face Mask
You've no doubt heard that yogurt is good for your digestive system, but have you heard that it's also good for your skin? Yogurt exfoliates; it tightens pores; and it brightens your complexion. It also blasts away the bacteria responsible for break outs, cuts down on how much oil your skin produces and soothes inflammation. And being the skincare super star that it is, it also lightens dark spots and packs a powerful anti-aging punch. So, you could pay big bucks for a product that doesn't do half as much, or you could just slather your face with plain yogurt a few times a week, and wait 15 minutes to wash it off. Want to get a bit fancier? Try this oh-so-easy recipe:
Yogurt-Honey Face Mask
- 4 Tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon honey
Honey is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, just like yogurt. It's also a humectant, which means it draws moisture to your skin. Adding it to the yogurt will help the mask to stick to your skin better, too.
02Avocado Face Mask
Dealing with a sunburn or dry winter skin? An avocado mask is the answer. All those much-talked-about heart-healthy oils found in avocados are just the thing to rehydrate dry skin, and they come packaged with other skin favorites, like vitamins A, B, C and E . which is good for making your skin soft and preventing wrinkles). To take advantage of the hydration power of an avocado, just mash up half of an avocado, and apply it to your face. Let it sit and soak for 15 minutes; then, wash it off.
Is your skin feeling both dry and itchy? Try this face mask recipe:
Avocado-Oatmeal Face Mask
- 1/2 avocado, mashed
- 1-2 Tablespoons oatmeal (whole or ground)
Combine the avocado and oatmeal, and apply the mask to your face. Avocado has a nice paste-like consistency, so it should go on nicely. Wash off after 10-15 minutes, or once it starts to feel dry and tight.
03Sugar Scrub Face Mask
Hooked on sugar scrubs, but turned off by the price? It's easy to make your own. Use this simple sugar scrub face mask to moisturize your skin and remove dead skin cells.
Sugar Scrub Face Mask
- 1 part sugar (brown or granulated)
- 1 part oil (olive, avocado, almond etc.)
- Essential oils (optional)
Combine the sugar and oil in a bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil, if you'd like a scented scrub. Just make sure the essential oils don't exceed two percent of the finished product (one percent, if you're making it for a kid/teen).
To Use: Rub the scrub into your face vigorously. Then, rinse clean. You can do this at the sink or in the shower. Just be careful not to slip, if you use it in the shower. The oil may make the shower floor slippery.
To Store: Sugar is a great preservative, so it's okay to make a big batch, and store the extras for later. Just keep it in an air-tight container.
04Banana Face Mask
Looking for an all-round good face mask? Something that will moisturize, fight acne, tighten, stave off aging and lighten dark spots? The humble banana is up to the challenge. It's loaded with moisture, amino acids, potassium, zinc and Vitamins A, B, C and E, so you'd be hard pressed to find something better to make a face mask from. Just mash up a medium-sized banana, and apply it to your face. Let it soak in for 15 minutes, while you go about your business; then, wash it off with cold water. Since this face mask doesn't contain any harsh ingredients, like acids, it's ideal for sensitive skin.
Want to add more acne-fighting, dry skin-soothing power to your face mask? Try this mask recipe that's good enough to eat:
Banana-Honey-Oatmeal Face Mask
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 Tablespoon oatmeal
Combine the banana, honey and oatmeal to your face. Then, give it 15 minutes to moisturize, clean and soothe your skin, before you wash it off.
4 DIY Face Masks You Can Make in Minutes
Forget about pricey face masks and spa treatments. Just grab a few ingredients from your pantry and fridge, and make these DIY face masks.