Here’s the thing with face masks, they really do work and better still they provide instant results. If your skin is looking tired, dull, and less than happy, don’t worry about buying an expensive mask; just head to your kitchen!
We’ve listed the top 5 masks recipes for your skincare concerns.
Before applying a skin care mask, make sure your face is thoroughly cleansed so the mask can do it’s magic. For extra benefits you can do a face steam, by leaning over a hot bowl of water with a towel over your head. This opens up all your pores, and prepares them to soak up some serious goodness.
Brighten: PAPAYA MASK
Benefits: Papayas are packed with nutrients. The enzymes help to repair sun damage, exfoliate, brighten and tighten skin as well banishing any spots.
Method: Using a ripe papaya, get rid of all the pulp and seeds so you are only left with the peel. Rub the inside of the peel against your face and focus on any problem areas such as wrinkles around eyes and mouth, neck or hands. After letting the papaya sit for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water. You can use this mask twice a week.
Result: Glowing skin.
Oily/Combination skin: BANANA, HONEY AND OATMEAL MASK
Benefits: This combination helps to unclog pores while clearing away any dirt or grime. The honey has great anti-septic and antibacterial properties so it’s potent in treating acne and any inflammation.
Method: Mash half a banana and combine with 1 tablespoon honey and 2 teaspoons of oats. Once you get a nice thick paste then apply on your face and sit for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water and a wash cloth if necessary.
Result: Clean and clear complexion.
Dry skin: AVOCADO AND HONEY MASK
Benefits: Avocado is naturally high in oils and fats so it makes a great skin moisturiser. This one is especially soothing for men who shave.
Method: Mash half an avocado with 2 tablespoons of honey and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water and wash cloth if needed.
Result: Soft and silky smooth skin.
Acne: CINNAMON AND HONEY MASK
Benefits: Cinnamon banishes bacteria while honey is a natural anti-biotic, killing germs which cause acne. Together this is a winning combination.
Method: Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until it’s combined. You can either apply to your entire face or use it to treat specific problem areas or blemishes. Leave on for up to 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Result: A calm and soothed complexion.
The best part about these products is that you avoid a long list of chemicals often found in our favourite beauty products. These can irritate skin or cause adverse reactions. For best results, ensure that honey is locally sourced or organic as some supermarket brands are processed which means you lose the good stuff in there. So get in your kitchen, line up your ingredients and get cooking skin that looks and feels good.