Ever wake up in the morning and say to yourself "WTH just happened here?" You know you have, I have too. Sometimes, we can lack that natural morning glow and our skin can look congested, uneven and there is also that surprise "attack of the blemish brigade". However, whatever the skin issue is, the fix can be as easy as raiding your fridge and pantry! Here are four homemade face masks you can easily whip up from the convenience of your own kitchen. I love a good DIY masks made from nutrient-dense whole foods.
Honey, Oatmeal & Milk Mask
Best for: Hydrating, dry skin
What you’ll need: 3 tablespoons dried oats, 1 tablespoon organic honey, 1 tablespoon whole milk
This combination is a great moisturizer substitute. Honey is a humectant, which means it acts as a natural nourishing agent that does wonders in helping skin retain moisture without feeling oily. When massaged onto affected areas, it can help with the appearance of scars and increases both healing and tissue regeneration. Oatmeal contains many different amino acids necessary for healthy skin, and because of its texture, it makes a great exfoliate. Combined with milk, which contains lactic acid, it will gently remove dry and dead skin cells while also brightening without irritation.
In a blender, measure the dried oats and mix it with whole milk blend until it’s a smooth paste. Add honey and stir well. Remove the mix from the blender and apply it to your face evenly. Let the mask dry for 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Finish the process by patting your skin dry with a soft towel
Avocado & Banana Mask
Best for: Nourishing, combination skin
What you’ll need: ½ ripe avocado, ½ ripe banana
Avocado is an Oleic Acid which helps reduce inflammation. Bananas are loaded with vitamins A and E and unsaturated fats that keep your skin moist, soft, and supple. Mixing the two nourishes the skin and leaves it looking fresh.
Mash the banana and avocado in a bowl, making it into a smooth paste without lumpsApply it to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and pat your face dry
Lemon, Egg White & Honey Mask
Best for: pore minimizing, oily skin
What you’ll need: 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, ½ teaspoon honey
This powerhouse trio repairs damaged skin, fights acne bacteria, and lightens scars and blemishes. The egg white is great for tightening and toning the skin. By shrinking large pores on the skin surface, it works to reduce excess sebum and prevent acne. Lemon acts as a powerful astringent that fights off acne-causing bacteria while simultaneously lightening the skin and reducing discoloration. Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that provide suppleness and take away that taught feeling.
In a clean bowl, whisk together the egg white and lemon juice until the mixture becomes frothy. Add honey and stir well. Wash your face with warm water to open up your pores and apply using clean hands or a cotton ball. Let the mask dry for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off using warm water. Finish the process by patting your skin dry with a soft towel
Cucumber & Yogurt Face Mask
Best for: acne-fighting, all skin types
What you’ll need: ½ chilled cucumber, 2 tablespoons organic plain yogurt
This is a great duo for those with decongested pores who are fighting acne. Cucumber is high in silica, a mineral that strengthens skin tissues and helps keep skin look younger by allowing it to retain more water, which slows aging. It also contains Vitamin C, which helps reduce any break out activity. Organic plain yogurt is great for the skin because of its low amount of acidity, which helps to restore skins natural pH balance and leave it glowing.
Puree the cucumber in a blender until smooth, then add the yogurt, blend until it’s a smooth paste. Remove the mix from the blender and apply it to your face evenly. Let the mask dry for 15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Finish the process by patting your skin dry with a soft towel