BACK TO NATURE – FACEMASKS FROM YOUR FRIDGE
Sometimes, whether it’s a lazy Friday night in with friends or a midweek evening in desperate need of a pickup, you need a bit of pampering. A spa-style facemask is obviously just the thing –
Sometimes, whether it’s a lazy Friday night in with friends or a midweek evening in desperate need of a pickup, you need a bit of pampering. A spa-style facemask is obviously just the thing – but there’s no need to rush out to get a pricy package, because you probably have the ingredients for a great mask already in your fridge. Here are our favourite DIY facemask recipes that you can make at home for a cheap and easy natural beauty boost.
AVOCADO AND APRICOT
Sushi, poached eggs, and burrito bowls – is there anything avocado doesn’t improve? If you’ve got a spare half in the fridge that you’ve been meaning to use up, why not share the green goodness with your skin? This recipe is allegedly Victoria Beckham’s (@victoriabeckham) favourite – and if it’s good enough for Posh Spice, it’s good enough for us! Mash an avocado and apricot together until they are the texture of a puree, and then press onto your face. Leave this mixture on for a couple of hours, and wash it off to find plumper and more radiant skin.
HOW IT WORKS – The fruit acids in the apricot act as a mild exfoliant, and avocado contains Vitamin E, which is commonly found in skincare products to combat dryness. Combined, these ingredients gently remove dry patches and help your skin retain its natural moisture.
YOGHURT AND HONEY
You may have noticed that more dairy-based beauty products have been creeping onto our shelves recently – TonyMoly has a whole line of goat milk skincare, and donkey milk is becoming ever-more popular with Korean skincare brands. Sadly, you probably won’t find too many cartons of donkey milk at your local bodega, so this mask uses slightly more accessible ingredients. Mix three tablespoons of fatty, unflavoured yoghurt (Greek or Turkish yoghurt is perfect for this) with one tablespoon of honey, then smear all over your face for 15 minutes and wash off for brighter and hydrated skin.
HOW IT WORKS – Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which helps to exfoliate skin and stimulates collagen production. Honey helps the skin lock in moisture and is antibacterial, meaning it kills bacteria and therefore can help prevent pimples.
OATS AND BANANA
Not just a delicious breakfast combo, but a great natural DIY mask! This is also an excellent way to use bananas that are going soft, or the leftovers from a bunch.
2 tablespoons of raw oats,
1 teaspoon of honey,
and half a mashed banana per person.
Slap it on, leave it for 15 minutes (or as long as it takes you to Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook the whole thing) and clean off with a warm, damp facecloth.
HOW IT WORKS – The gentle exfoliation and soothing powers of the oats join forces with the vitamin-rich banana to lighten sunspots and hyper pigmentation.