If you’re in need of a little pampering, few things work as well as a homemade face mask. These are a great way to spoil yourself after a long day. In most cases, you can make a face mask using ingredients you already have at home. Whether your skin needs extra TLC or you simply feel the need for a boost, face masks are quick and easy to make.
Pampering plays an important role in self care. Although many often treat self care as being only about pampering, this is just one element of taking care of yourself, mind, body and soul. With that said, it can be incredibly soothing to treat yourself to a homemade face mask when you need some added comforting.
Homemade Face Mask Recipes
To treat your skin to a nourishing homemade face mask, here are some easy recipes that can be made with stuff you may already have in your kitchen.
Banana is a great moisturiser. Mashed banana will not only add moisture to your skin – it will also leave it feeling soft. Use a fork to mash up a medium ripe banana into a paste. Gently apply to clean skin and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and apply your regular moisturiser. You can also add nourishing oils such as jojoba or argan oil or a drop or two of a soothing essential oil for added goodness.
Oatmeal is a gentle face mask that is ideal for all skin types – including sensitive skin. This mask will help brighten and tighten skin and leave it feeling super soft. It’s easy to make, too. Mix about a third of a cup of oatmeal and half a cup of hot water. Allow the mixture to cool and set, then apply to clean skin. Leave on for up to 20 minutes and then rinse off, then moisturise as usual.
Turmeric has become something of a big deal in the world of natural skincare. For good reason, too, I might add. This deep yellow spice is packed full of good stuff, including antioxidants. Turmeric can also help to balance skin tone. If you have dark spots or uneven patches, it can help to even things out. Make a paste using water or milk (almond milk, is especially good) and apply to clean skin. Let it dry and wash off after 20 minutes or so before applying your usual moisturiser.
Avocado is loaded with healthy fats, making it excellent for skin and hair. As a face mask, avo can be very good for dry skin, adding lots of moisture, soothing dry skin and replenishing the skin. Add some honey for added moisture or combine a nurturing essential oil such as carrot seed oil. Mash with a fork and apply to clean skin, leaving on for 20 minutes.
Packed full of exfoliating enzymes, papaya face masks help to gently remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed. For best results, try adding some aloe vera gel for an extra dose of radiance. You can also mix in some cacao powder to brighten the skin and gently exfoliate. Blend this mask onto clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes.
Do you enjoy DIY face masks as much as I do? Let me know which homemade face mask you love making the most in the comments below.