Looking after your skin is an essential, just like how you look after your body through diet or oral health through brushing your teeth. It’s so important not to neglect adopting a skincare regime that will give your skin exactly what it needs, which is precisely why the beauty industry is brimming with the newest innovations that will help fight signs of ageing, provide extra hydration or help cleanse and decongest your skin. However, whilst it is important to ensure you are using skincare that works well for you, you don’t always have to splash out. For once-a-week treatments such as face masks which sit alongside your daily products, you don’t have to go searching much further than your kitchen for an effective skincare boost, whatever your face needs. Here are a few recipes that will suit a range of skincare needs…and you won’t even have to leave the house to find them!
Clear Skin Mask
Ingredients: 3 teaspoons of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Whenever I get a cold, the first thing my Mum tells me to do is make a drink of hot honey and lemon. It’s an age old trick that has stood the test of time, and for good reason. Honey is known for its incredible antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so it seems logical to also use these natural elements to help boost your skin too. A great and easy face mask is to mix honey and lemon together; these two potent ingredients will not only help clear your skin but also help moisturise and brighten your skin’s appearance. Just leave on for 15-20 minutes, wash off and moisturise with your favourite products as usual.
Hydration Boost Mask
Ingredients: ½ an avocado and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
If coconut oil isn’t a regular cupboard ingredient for you, then make it one! Not only is it a far healthier alternative to cook food in and great for baking, but you can sneak it into your homemade face masks too! It doesn’t have to cost a lot either- I always get mine from Aldi for a couple of pounds and it lasts me ages. For this extra hydrating mask, mash half an avocado and mix this with the coconut oil. Avocado is a known superfood that is packed full of anti-oxidents and natural oils that will benefit your skin, whilst the coconut oil is perfect for that deep moisturisation. Just slather on and rinse it all off after 20 minutes.
Hair Growth Mask
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of castor oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of argan, almond or olive oil
When you think of masks you think of pampering face masks, but it’s equally important to look after your hair! Castor oil is famous for its hair growth properties as it is rich in vitamin E, proteins, minerals and fatty acids, helping your hair to repair and regenerate faster, as well as nourishing it with the hydrating oils. Many people who suffer from forms of hair loss turn to this oil as a natural way to help boost the follicles growing back through, and many people swear by this as an effective way to get your hair to grow faster, longer and stronger. The only issue with this oil is that it is quite thick and so needs to be mixed with another thinner oil to make it easier to apply. Apply this concoction to slightly damp hair and, if you can, leave it on overnight for best results before washing away in the morning (perhaps use a shower cap or towel to help protect your pillows from getting greasy!).
Gentle Exfoliation Mask
Ingredients: ¼ cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey
Most skin experts recommend that you exfoliate your face roughly once or twice a week in order to brush away the dead skin cells. Not only is this essential for revealing brighter, smoother skin, but it helps to decongest pores and enables all those wonderful ingredients in your serums and moisturisers to be absorbed more efficiently. You don’t have to splash out on an expensive exfoliator- just have a look in your cupboard! As we’ve seen, honey and coconut oil have amazing qualities that will help inject moisture into your skin, whilst the brown sugar will act as a gentle scrub to remove those dead skin cells. Use once a week (no more than three times a week) and notice how radiant your skin will look.
Ingredients: ½ banana, 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons of oats
Rather than a recipe for porridge, this combination is a perfect all-round solution to skincare woes. Used as a weekly treatment, mash the banana before mixing in the honey and oats. Banana will moisturise your skin and help with oil control, honey will help to clear and heal skin while the oats will act as a subtle and gentle exfoliating ingredient. It’s a fool proof recipe that will leave your skin feeling smoother, nourished and looking brighter. Just smooth onto skin and leave for 15-30 minutes, before washing off with warm water and applying your usual skincare products. Easy but so effective!
All of these recipes are incredibly simple to rustle up and all feature ingredients that you will already have. Most of them are cupboard staples, so there’s no extra hassle of having to go on a long search for unusual ingredients! If you did want to add something a little special and pampering to these simple recipes, I would recommend popping a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils (whether this is a soothing lavender, a zingy citrus or a cleansing tea tree) into the homemade face mask to add an element of aromatherapy which will see the recipes benefit your skin and awaken your senses. I for one see these weekly beauty treatments as an excuse to relax for half an hour, so these added scents will definitely help with relaxation and taking time out, or at least make them seem a bit more luxurious to apply!
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