If you’re a salon facial fan looking for a cheaper way to get your pampering fix, then why not try some of these simple homemade face mask recipes that you can make yourself without having to even leave your kitchen. As much as we all love the relaxing feel of a salon facial, sometimes when money is tight or time is short, it can be an unattainable luxury so why not check out these simple ideas that will not only save you time but also save you money as well.
Yes, the good old banana can be used to make a nice moisturising face mask. Bananas are full of antioxidants, they can help lighten dark spots and contain wrinkle fighting nutrients. They are also an excellent home remedy for acne and oil control and there’s actually a few different ways to use them. The easiest way is to simply mash up a banana into a paste and apply it to the skin. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
You could also try adding one tablespoon of honey (manuka honey is especially beneficial) to the mix which is another natural acne remedy and one tablespoon of orange juice which is full of vitamin C. There is also another popular version of adding again one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of natural yogurt which contains lactic acid which is a great exfoliant as well as calcium, zinc and B vitamins.
Avocados are a good choice for the skin because they are a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E and moisturising fatty acids. For another great moisturising face mask, mix together one-half of an avocado with one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of natural yogurt into a smooth paste. Apply to the skin and leave for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. For added hydration, you can also add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to the mix for instantly smoother and softer skin.
Egg White Mask
Egg whites are a common one when it comes to homemade skin care because of their collagen and protein content and face masks are no exception.
Simply whisk one egg white with one teaspoon of orange juice and one pinch of turmeric powder which has skin brightening properties that can help even out skin tone. Apply the mixture to the face and leave for about 15 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. Do note though that turmeric powder can stain so wear something old just in case.
Natural Yogurt Mask
As mentioned above, because natural yogurt contains lactic acid, calcium, zinc and B vitamins, it makes a very good face mask all on its own. Simply apply straight to the skin and leave on for 15 minutes then rinse the yogurt off with lukewarm water.
Oats are known as a natural, gentle exfoliant and also for their soothing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Simply mix two tablespoons of oats with one teaspoon of honey and half a banana into a paste. Apply to the skin for 15 minutes then rinse away with lukewarm water. You can also try substituting the banana for two tablespoons of natural yogurt or just add the yogurt as an extra addition to the original mixture.
Papaya and Honey Mask
Papaya has a tonne of benefits for skin care. It has skin lightening properties that can help improve skin tone as well as powerful antioxidants, minerals and anti ageing properties. Use about one-quarter of a ripe papaya and mash it up into a paste. Add one tablespoon of honey and mix well. Apply to the skin for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
Argan Oil, Avocado, Oat and Honey Mask
The benefits of argan oil for the skin are pretty vast and being high in vitamin E and antioxidants, it’s a great addition to any homemade face mask. Simply mix one tablespoon of argan oil with two tablespoons of avocado, one tablespoon of oat flour and one tablespoon of honey into a smooth paste. Apply to the skin and leave on for around 30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
Manuka Honey Mask
Manuka Honey has many benefits when applied topically to the skin. Not only is it a natural acne remedy, it also has healing properties and is full of B vitamins which are great for the skin including Niacin which is a popular ingredient in many anti-aging products. Simple apply roughly one tablespoon of honey to damp skin (damp skin makes it easier to spread the honey as it’s so thick) and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. To finish, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Strawberry and Honey Mask
Strawberries contain both alpha hydroxy acid and salicylic acid which both have exfoliating effects as well as being high in vitamin C. Simply mash 2 or 3 strawberries with one tablespoon of honey into a smooth paste. Apply to the skin for around 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. You can also add one tablespoon of fresh cream for a more moisturising effect.
Coconut Oil and Banana Mask
Coconut Oil is full of benefits when used topically on the skin, from anti-ageing to anti-inflammatory just to name a few. Simply mix well one tablespoon of melted coconut oil with half a banana and a pinch of turmeric. Apply to the skin for 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
There are a lot of good ideas out there for homemade face masks however it is best to do a small patch test first in case you have a reaction to any of the ingredients as some may cause irritation, especially the likes of orange juice and turmeric powder which can cause a burning sensation. You can always test out a few and see which one your skin likes the best.
If you’d like to share any other ideas that you’ve tried yourself, please feel free to leave a comment below or if you have any other thoughts or opinions that you’d also like to share, I’m always happy to hear them.