The Other Kind of Face Masks..

No, I’m not talking about COVID face masks.. I’m talking about exfoliation and natural brightening of your skin! At-home face masks are something everyone knows about and barely anyone does any more. It’s easy to forget how simple treating yourself at home can be. When you spend all day cleaning room after room and cooking and more cleaning, home doesn’t seem like the best place to wind down. However, with some candles, maybe a bath, or even just a face mask, you can change the atmosphere. Turn your home into a spa! Go to bed feeling relaxed and renewed. 

Following are a few of my favorite do-it-yourself face mask recipes: 

  1. Banana Face Masks! Vitamin A for dark spots and blemishes, Vitamin B to moisturize, Vitamin E to reduce wrinkles, and potassium to hydrate. 

All you need for this mask is one mashed ripe banana, ¼ cup of plain yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Leave on 10 to 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.

      2. Lemon Face Masks! Removes dead skin cells, brightens skin, and clears blackheads, acne, and discoloration.

Juice of one lemon mixed with ¼ cups of olive oil. Optional addition: 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply to face and wait 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. 

      3. Egg Facial Mask Hacks! For dry skin, separate the egg and use only the yolk. For oily skin, separate the egg and use only the whites. For normal skin, use the whole egg. Feel free to add lemon or honey, beat the egg, and apply to your face. Wait 30 minutes and rinse.

4. Oatmeal Mask! Wonderful for increased moisture, healing skin damage/wounds, and reducing redness/irritation. Perfect for sensitive skin. Two-ingredient face mask calls for one serving of instant oatmeal, combined with water as necessary (make it paste-like) and a dash of turmeric. Turmeric is an antiseptic and also helps brighten your skin, but beware, too much can color your skin yellow (the color will go away after a few washes). Apply to your face, let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water. Pat dry.

5. Exfoliation Additions! Coffee grounds (like the ones you throw away every morning) are great for your skin and perfect exfoliators. Feel free to add them into any face mask recipe you’d like. Salt, sugar, orange peels, and avocado seeds are also wonderful exfoliators.

Enjoy your spa day, and let us know your favorite choice!