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Time to open your pantry
While the best bow mask and best face masks can work wonders for your skin, sometimes you do not have the time or money to treat yourself with such luxurious. We get it. Enter, homemade face mask recipes that really work.
Once, most of the items in your pantry are Cleopatra’s preferred weapons in her beauty arsenal. Seeing how she was considered a ‘woman of surpassing beauty’ and the pioneer of treatment, following her suit and embracing the world of natural recipes seems only, well, natural.
Need to quench your skin thirst, combat spots, get glowing skin or make your pores appear smaller? Grab your mixing bowl and try one of these homemade face mask recipes …
Homemade face mask for acne prone skin
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon – Helps keep bacteria in its tracks thanks to its anti-microbial properties.
1 tablespoon of honey – Naturally antibacterial
1 teaspoon of baking soda – Known for its exfoliating abilities and means antiseptic properties.
1 tablespoon of green tea powder (such as matcha) – An antioxidant strength that also acts as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agent.
Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Rub the paste over your face in circular motions and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, using a soft washcloth to promote exfoliation.
Homemade face mask for dry skin
1/2 ripe avocado – Packed with antioxidant carotenoids to protect your skin and moisturizing monounsaturated fatty acids, known to help keep moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin.
1/2 ripe banana – Rich in powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals like pollution, as well as amino acids, known to help keep skin elasticity and potassium to hydrate your skin.
1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt – Full of lactic and alpha hydroxy acids which can dissolve dead skin cells, calcium to facilitate skin renewal and zinc, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and sebum regulation.
1 teaspoon of honey – Extremely moisturizing thanks to its humectant properties, which draw moisture from your environment.
Mash your avocado and banana until it is a smooth paste, and add your yogurt and honey and mix together until it forms a paste. Apply your mask to your face, leave it on for ten minutes, before rinsing off with warm water.
Homemade face mask for blackheads
2 tablespoons of brown sugar – Naturally inhibits bacterial growth and is a source of glycolic acid, known to break down the protein that keeps DEDA skin cells hanging onto your skin and boost new cell production.
2 tablespoons of olive oil – Cleanses the skin while softening the outer layer to help with the exfoliation process.
1 teaspoon of honey – Known for its powerful moisturizing, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.
Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Once ready, rub your scrub over your face in gentle circular motions. Remember, you do not want to tear your skin, so take your time and exfoliate gently.
Homemade face mask for glowing skin
3 tablespoons of ground rolled oats – Has anti-inflammatory properties to stop any irritation of lemon juice.
1 tablespoon of honey – Known for its moisturizing properties to plump your skin.
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric – Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to slow cell damage and can help reduce pigmentation.
1 teaspoon of lemon juice – Rich in vitamin C, which reduces the amount of melanin produced to give you a brighter looking skin.
Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Apply the mask to your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with drum water and a muslin cloth to get rid of any yellowing.
Homemade face mask for pores
1 egg white – Contains astringent properties that help tighten your pores.
1 teaspoon of lemon juice – Known for its exfoliating action thanks to the levels of citric acid.
Whisk your egg white until it becomes thick and fluffy, adding your lemon juice slowly as you whisk. Apply the mask with a makeup brush (a flat foundation brush works best). Allow the mask to dry completely – it should take around 5-10 minutes and your skin will feel tight. Remove by rinsing with warm water.
Homemade face mask for sensitive skin
2 tablespoon of ground rolled oats – Contains a cleansing agent called saponins and has anti-inflammatory properties.
1 tablespoon of plain organic yogurt – Gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin without causing redness.
1 tablespoon of honey – Known for its ability to reduce redness, fight bacteria, moisturize and reduce inflammation.
Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even paste. Apply all over your face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, working the paste off in circular motions and then dry with a towel. Work any residue into your face in gentle, circular motions.