Staying at home means we have more time to dedicate to our skincare routines — but what happens when we run out of some of your favorite products? Well, we turn to DIY face masks!
Whether you've run out or you'd rather hold onto your faves during your social distancing time just in case they might stop shipping for a while, DIYing your own masks can have multiple benefits (to your skin, your pocket, and your boredom).
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, beauty retailers like Sephora have closed their stores. But worry not because you can satisfy all your skincare needs with ingredients sitting right in your kitchen. That’s right! The same bananas that are going into your yummy smoothies, the same honey that’s sweetening your tea, and the same yogurt that’s your favorite social distancing mid-day snack can all play a major role in your DIY skincare routine.
Here are five DIY face masks you can make right in the comfort of your own home that can combat acne, exfoliate, brighten, and more. But, before you run to grab your ingredients, make sure you leave enough to actually eat and nourish your bodies during this time!
Turmeric and Yogurt — To Maintain Your Radiant Skin
We all love a good glow. If you get your finishing dewy glow from a moisturizer or luminous face oil, put those on hold for a little while and try some DIY masks to achieve the same glow instead. Turmeric is an essential spice that contains antioxidants that can improve the skin’s luster, in addition to keeping bacteria at bay because, yes, it has antibacterial properties. By pairing this spice with yogurt (preferably a greek or non-flavored yogurt), it will instantly add a brightening glow to your skin while benefiting from yogurt's rejuvenating and moisturizing benefits.
"Turmeric is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties that even out skin tone and gives you a healthy glow,” says dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo. “The yogurt will also help to reduce any redness. This mask will last up to a week in the fridge." If you're not a big fan of yogurt, honey works just as effectively when mixed with turmeric!
Lemon — Bye, Bye Hyperpigmentation
If you’ve run out of your favorite brightening mask or your go-to vitamin c serum, you have nothing to worry about because there are more than a handful of brightening, natural ingredients out there. For starters, lemons. Lemons are packed with vitamin c, which helps in lightening hyperpigmentation and aid in toning skin. These citrusy acids coming naturally from lemons brighten your skin.
Lemons, or any other citruses for that matter, can be irritating though, so go with a light hand. You might want to try pairing with raw honey. It’s actually a perfect time to try this since you’re staying in the house and not having much sun exposure, so the lemon can truly work without being interrupted by the sun’s rays, which can be harmful when exposed to vulnerable skin.
Avocado and Oatmeal — Turn Your Healthy Breakfast Into A Vitamin Packed Mask
While avocado toast makes for an easy and quick lunch meal, it’s not the only thing avocado is used for. The superfood has a plethora of benefits for the skin thanks to its essential antioxidants to vitamins, which include vitamins E, C, and K. Combining the vitamin-packed fruit with oatmeal, another superfood packed with antioxidants, makes for the perfect at-home exfoliating mask. Oatmeal's crunchy texture acts as a gentle, physical exfoliator to remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Plus, the nutrients in oatmeal can soak up excess oil in the skin while simultaneously exfoliating the skin. This paired with the vitamins in avocado will benefit acne-prone skins while providing smooth texture from the natural moisturization.
If you're a fan of drugstore avocado and oatmeal masks, then this is just an easier more natural way of achieving the same nourishing benefits in your own home. "[Avocado and honey are] great for anyone suffering from breakouts from stress or hormones,” Dr. Peredo also claims. “Avocado is rich in oils and vitamin E and is very soothing for dry, irritated skin."
Cucumber — Sensitive Skin Still Deserves DIY Love
If you have sensitive skin, trying a DIY mask can be a scary thing. You never know how your skin will react to the new ingredients and that's a valid concern. The good thing about DIY masks, however, is that most of the components are completely natural, which is an automatic win for sensitive skin. To keep it simple, you can blend up cucumbers to create a one-ingredient mask. Feel free to add in moisturizing ingredients like honey or aloe vera if you’re comfortable.
Cucumbers are mostly water so there’s not much to worry about as far as skin sensitivities go. They reduce puffiness and naturally hydrates your skin. On top of that, they leave a lasting, refreshing feeling. You'll be as cool as a cucumber after trying this mask! Sites like Pinterest give even more options for ways to incorporate cucumber into masks.
Aloe Vera — Your New Moisturizing Gel
While most people run to Aloe Vera to treat sunburns, it has so many more benefits. The reason the gel works so well for sunburn is because of the anti-inflammatory benefits, those same benefits serve as a healer for skin and can reduce redness.
Also, considering how the gel is so absorbing, it is flawlessly compatible with oily skin while it can absorb oil and naturally seal moisture into the skin. Swap out your everyday moisturizer for Aloe Vera gel (or pure Aloe if you have a plant!) and witness the change in your skin.
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