During these stressful times, allow yourself to breathe and recharge yourself at home. Light up a candle, put some music on. This is your time for self-care! And what a better way to relax than a face mask?! Here are 3 easy natural homemade skincare recipes with ingredients you can find in your kitchen.
Before you do anything, make sure to follow these 3 golden rules:
- Whenever possible, use organic and 100% natural products.
- Test your DIY face mask on your hand before applying on to your face for any reactions.
- And be careful of face mask trends you see online!!! Some of them can hurt you more than benefit you.
But here are some useful tips for DIY face masks.
We wouldn’t recommend you to use any of these ingredients directly on your skin:
- Coconut oil: can clog your pores and create break outs.
- Salt and sugar: create micro-wounds, not gentle enough and can make you age faster.
- Peel off masks: might hurt your skin.
- Lemon: too acidic and can burn your skin.
- Apple cider vinegar: too acidic.
- Baking soda: dehydrates your skin.
Wash your face and hands first to remove any impurities and make-up. And let’s start!
Recipe 1: Oatmeal and honey
Oatmeal has healing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which means it helps to regenerate and moisturize the skin to keep it young. It soothes irritation and leaves your skin healthier and soft.
Honey is an antibacterial agent, it prevents infection. It also acts as a humectant to keep moisture inside the skin which is going to make your skin glow! Just like oatmeal, it has healing and antioxidant properties to protect your skin.
- 1 tablespoon of oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey (if possible organic, local)
- 1/2 tablespoon of boiled water
Blend your oatmeal to make it smoother (if needed). Mix your boiled water and oatmeal until it forms a thick paste. Add a teaspoon of raw honey. Mix everything together. Once cooled down, apply the mixture on your skin. Leave it for 10/15 minutes and rinse with clean water.
Recipe 2: Aloe Vera and cucumber
Known for its healing property to sooth sunburn, Aloe vera gel is also good for hydration as it retains water on your skin. Aloe vera is a nutritious ingredient that nourishes, protects, and repairs skin. Applied on a face mask, it will refresh, accelerate cell renewal, and moisturize your skin.
For its part, cucumber contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, two powerful antioxidants. They will help to reduce swelling, inflammation, and irritated skin. It will reduce the sign of ageing, and repair skin. As cucumber is 97% water, it will hydrate and sooth your skin too. It will also help with puffy eyes if you place 2 cool cucumber slices over your eyes during the face mask.
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- ¼ of a cucumber
Your aloe vera gel can be extracted directly from the plant or you can buy this gel directly in bottle.
See how to extract aloe vera gel in this video:
Mix ¼ of a cucumber and add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera. Mix it together and apply on your skin. Leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse with clean water.
Recipe 3: Green tea
Green tea has antibacterial agents and antioxidant properties that can help soothe irritated skin. It can also rejuvenate and make your skin look brighter.
- Green tea
- A cloth
As for the preparation of a tea, put a tea bag in boiling water and wait for a few minutes. Once brewed, pour your green tea into a plate, and soak a piece of cloth to do the preparation. Wait for it to cool (don’t add ice), lie down and place the cloth on your face for about 10 minutes.
Give these masks a try, your skin will really thank you for it. Let us know what you think on our social media platforms.
We hope this helps you during this time of quarantine and our team hope to have the honour to serve you soon. Until then, take good care of yourself.