How to make a face mask from food
While we all love to indulge in a spa session or splurge on a luxe face mask, sometimes life just doesn’t allow for it. While we're definitely not suggesting you give up your beloved beauty regime, sometimes you need to save money when it counts and get creative.
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While it doesn’t seem like the kitchen is somewhere beautifying happens, have you ever wondered what you could be using from your pantry or fridge to use on your face? In a world of green juices and smoothies, we know all too well how much a healthy, holistic and organic approach to our internal wellbeing is, so why not also translate that to our skincare? Taking raw, natural ingredients to a whole new level, check out some recipes for face masks that you can forage through your kitchen cupboards for. Happy cooking!
Problem: Acne-Prone skin
Solution: Honey, cinnamon and nutmeg mask
While this sounds like the beginning of a desert recipe, all three of these ingredients are a stellaroption for those who suffer from spots. Antibacterial and calming, your inflamed complexion will love the soothing and healing qualities of this mask.
- 3 teaspoons raw honey
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Blend together and apply all over your face and décolletage. Top tip – use a fanned makeup brush to help you apply the mask to your face.
Problem: Flaky skin
Solution: Avocado and banana mask
Rich, buttery and high in moisture this mask is perfect for those who need a hydration hit for skin. Allow the nutrients from both of these nourishing ingredients sink into the skin banishing dryness and dehydration.
- 1 very ripe banana
- ½ an avocado
Choosing a ripe banana will help to make blending easier – if you have a whiz stick on hand, this will allow you to blend to a very smooth consistency.
Avocado isn't just delicious on toast. Image via @fit_mama_journey
Problem: Uneven skintone
Solution: Turmeric and lemon mask
With hipsters adding turmeric into recipes left, right and centre, it's definitely having a moment and now it can be added into a mask. Both known for their brightening qualities, these bright and beautiful ingredients promise to lift a dull complexion working to encourage an inner glow (long used by Indian women in their beauty regime for this very reason).
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- the juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon to honey
Mix and apply to your face being wary that the turmeric may stain the skin slightly, but nothing that a cleanse or soft exfoliation won’t correct.
Sometimes the most simple ingredients can create the best DIY masks. Image via @eskayapothecary
Problem: Dull skin
Solution: Coffee mask
While many of us love the kick start to our system coffee gives (guilty as charged), the same can be said for what it does to your skin. With beauty companies popping this liquid energy into productsall over the globe, there’s no doubt the effect it can have on dull, lacklustre skin. This is mainly due to the caffeine and antioxidants that are contained in coffee that work to fight against free radicals and reinvigorate the complexion while also helping to banish fine lines and wrinkles – bonus!
- 1 teaspoon of instant coffee or plunger grounds (that have been used and drained)
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
Blend these two ingredients together and apply to your face – use your hands to massage the paste into your skin allowing the fine granules to work their magic.
Pop one of these on and a couple of slices of cucumber to tired, puffy eyes and get ready to relax.
Main image: @bellahadid, @shaymitchell, @jastookes
Which of these masks have you tried or would like to try?