7 Days of DIY Face Masks

7 Days of DIY Face Masks

7 Days of DIY Face Masks

Face masks are relaxing and beneficial to your skin. It is important to find the right mask that works for your skin, and with that comes practice. What if we told you that the stuff in your cupboards and fridge hold skin enriching ingredients that could bring your dull skin back to life? Making your own face masks is relatively simple, not to mention fun.

For those looking to say goodbye to harsh chemicals and hello to a more natural DIY approach to face masks, look no further...

Women holding papaya

Monday - The Organic Breakfast Mask

The organic breakfast mask is best used to help mattify and soothe oily skin. The rich organic egg yolks help tighten up your skin, while the oats calm and soothe.

 Honey and oats

Ingredients

  • One free range organic egg yolk
  • One tablespoon of organic honey
  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • Half a cup of raw oats

Mixing it all together

Step One

First combine the honey, olive oil, egg yolk and oats together in a bowl.

Step Two

Stir the ingredients well to create a thick paste.

Step Three

Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding your eyes, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.

Step Four

Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water and a clean facecloth. Lastly, apply your preferred moisturiser.

Tuesday -  The Bright and Even Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric has been used among Indian women for centuries for both healing and beauty purposes. It is no secret that turmeric is a wonderful ingredient to even out your skin tone and add an extra dash of brightness to your skin. The brightening turmeric face mask is perfect for dry skin in search of moisture and an even glow. Before you use this face mask it is important to note that turmeric does have a staining effect on light or fair skin that should wear off after a few hours.

 Turmeric

Ingredients

  • Three drops of smooth liquid honey
  • A quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Two tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Two tablespoons of corn-starch or flour

Mixing it all together

 Step One

Combine the turmeric and flour or corn-starch in a bowl.

Step Two

Once mixed, stir in the honey and then slowly stir in the coconut oil until you form a smooth paste.

Step Three

Evenly apply the paste to your face and neck, making sure that you avoid getting any in your eyes.

Step Four

Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes if you have lighter complexion and 15-20 minutes if you have darker skin tone.

Step Five

To remove the mask, use a warm facecloth to wipe off the paste.

Wednesday – The Minimizer Face Mask 

Looking for a natural way to help obscure your pores? The minimizer face mask uses the astringent properties of lemon juice and egg whites, which constrict the body's tissue, to make your enlarged pores appear less obvious. Plus, the delicious honey restores and moisturises your skin.

 Lemon juice

Ingredients

  • One tablespoon of honey
  • One egg white
  • One small squeeze of lemon juice

Mixing It all together

Step One

In a bowl, combine the egg white, honey and lemon juice.

Step Two

Apply the mixture evenly to your face while avoiding contact with eyes and the ingestion of the mixture.

Step Three

Leave on for 5-10 minutes.

Step Four

Rinse off with warm water and a clean facecloth.

Thursday -  The Glow on Face Mask

Tired of dull, lifeless looking skin? Well, say goodbye to the life of lacklustre skin and hello to the glow face mask! The combination of vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 and B12, found in Aloe Vera alone are radiant boosting enough, but when you combine it with the exfoliating enzymes found in papaya there’s just no stopping the level glow-wow your skin is about to experience. This face mask is perfect for those with sensitive skin as there are no harsh acids involved at all.

 Papaya face mask

Ingredients

  • One-quarter seedless papaya
  • One tablespoon of cacao powder (yes that’s cacao, not cocoa which is essentially the more processed version)
  • One squeeze of Aloe Vera Gel

Mixing it all together

Step One

In a bowl mash the papaya into a paste.

Step Two

Stir in the cacao powder and Aloe Vera gel.

Step Three

Wash your face with your normal cleanser.

Step Four

Evenly apply the paste to your cleansed face.

Step Five

Leave for 10 minutes.

Step Six

Remove mask with clean tissues.

Friday – The Moisturised Tropical Face Mask

If your skin is feeling extra dry and lifeless, this DIY face mask is here to help! The moisturised tropical face mask uses the omega fatty acids found in avocados as well as the vitamin A and potassium found in bananas to enrich and lock moisture into your skin.

 Avocado face mask

Ingredients

  • One half ripened avocado
  • One ripe banana

Mixing it all together

Step One

Mash the avocado and the banana together in a bowl to create a smooth paste.

Step Two

Place the mixture evenly on your face. Be sure to remain still once applied as it does not harden or set like other facemasks and may slide off.

Step three

Leave on for 20 minutes.

Step Four

Rinse off with warm water.

Saturday – The Eco-conscious Face Mask

Help protect your skin from the free radicals and harsh chemicals that pollution enforces on us each day with the eco-conscious face mask. The rich fatty acids found in almonds penetrate the skin and sink in deep, leaving you with supple and soft facial skin, while the vitamin E found in olive oil creates a defensive armour against the elements that cause dullness.

 Almonds

Ingredients

  • Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • One handful of ground up almonds

Mixing it all together

Step One

In a bowl, combine the ground up almonds and olive oil until a smooth paste is created.

Step Two

Place the mixture on your face.

Step Three

Leave for 10-15 minutes.

Step Four

Rinse off with warm water and a clean facecloth.

Sunday – Soothing Seaweed Face Mask

Those looking to soothe and reduce facial redness should try this DIY face mask. Seaweed contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help calm the skin and alleviate redness.

 Seaweed Sheet

Ingredients

  • Five sheets of organic Nori seaweed (found at most health stores)
  • One cup of green tea

Mixing it all together

Step One

Pour the green tea into a dish.

Step Two

Dip the sheets of seaweed into the green tea to moisten.

Step Four

Set the moistened sheets of seaweed onto your face, making sure your whole face is covered. For smaller areas like your nose and around your mouth, you can cut the sheets into smaller pieces.

Step Five

Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Step Six

Peel the seaweed off, rinse with warm water and apply your preferred moisturiser.

Important Precautions

 Women rubbing face

Check skin sensitivity

Always do a patch test of all ingredients on your skin before you place on your entire face to measure your skin's sensitivity to the ingredients. If anything burns or irritates the skin in any way, wash it off immediately and discard the ingredients.

Sell-by Dates

Unless instructed otherwise, always ensure that all the ingredients that you use are fresh or within their sell-by date. If it's not okay to eat, it's not okay to go onto your skin.

One Day Only

Be sure to use the mask on the day that you make it. Fresh ingredients that are exposed to bacteria and air tend to go off quickly and could cause a skin irritation.

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