Some of us love treating ourselves with facial masks every now and again…and some of us love it so much that we want to do it every single day! To shake up your face mask routine and to give your wallet a break, whip up a quick skin treatment with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Get creative and experiment with different recipes and combinations to create an effective treatment just for you - I'd love to know your favorite recipes in the comments below!
Oats are naturally very calming. They have anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe itchy or irritated skin.
Bananas contain Potassium which is very moisturizing for the skin. They’re also loaded with Vitamins C, E, and A which can help increase collagen production, brighten dark spots, and smooth the skin. The Lectin and Zinc in bananas can also help kill bacteria, making banana a good choice for those who suffer from acne.
Avocados are full of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamins A and E so avocado is incredibly moisturizing for the skin. Vitamins A and E both have antioxidant properties as well so they help protect your skin cells from damage.
Raw honey is packed full of vitamins like C, B6, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid. It’s also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. This makes it an effective treatment for acne and small burns. Please note that the honey must be raw in order for you to take advantage of these properties.
Yogurt is moisturizing and all around pretty magical. It has lactic acid which helps to smooth the skin by gently encouraging dead skin cells to slough off. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties due to the high probiotic levels.
Coffee grounds contain caffeine which can actually be absorbed by the skin to a certain extent. Caffeine helps to constrict the blood vessels beneath your skin which can decrease puffiness and swelling. Be careful when using near the eyes, the grounds should be used as a mask only because the granules are too rough to be used as a scrub in this delicate area.
Coconut oil isn’t quite the cure-all that the internet claims it to be, but it does have some great benefits. It functions as a slight antiseptic due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s also moderately moisturizing but it can be too heavy of an oil for certain skin types.
Turmeric is another powerful ingredient- it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant. Be very careful with this ingredient, it can cause an extreme burning sensation for some people (remove immediately if this happens). It can also tint your skin yellow or orange if used in too high of a concentration so use with caution!
Cinnamon has antibacterial properties but it can be extremely irritating to the skin. When using this in your DIY recipes, keep concentration in mind and always patch test to avoid any beauty disasters.
Baking soda is great for the skin as it has antibacterial and inflammatory properties. Although the gently exfoliating texture might be tempting to scrub your face with, dermatologists insist it is more effective as a mask.
Olive oil contains omega fatty acids so it’s very moisturizing for the skin. It’s good for soothing irritated skin and it makes an excellent base for DIY lip scrubs!
This one is near the end of the list because it can be beneficial for some people but it’s definitely not for everyone. Egg white can be good for temporarily tightening the skin but it can clog your pores and cause breakouts on those who are acne prone. You also run the risk of spreading bacteria as egg can contain salmonella. Use this one with caution.
Lemon contains natural AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) but with a pH level of 2, this highly acidic ingredient needs to be used with some serious caution. Don’t ever apply the juice directly to the face, always dilute within another ingredient base such as yogurt - seriously, even mild chemical burns are no fun :(