Did you know that you can improve the appearance of your face with a natural glow, reduce oily skin and clear away dead skin cells without spending a small fortune?
For those of us who can’t afford to spend
their hard-earned cash on weekly facials and expensive store-bought face masks,
there are plenty of home remedies with common ingredients that will leave your
skin feeling nourished, exfoliated and loved.
Here are 5 simple and effective face masks to try at home which won’t break the bank.
It’s no secret that aloe vera is one of the
best natural ingredients for skincare. With its anti-inflammatory properties
and high water content, using aloe vera in your DIY face mask will work great
on burns and acne and leave your skin feeling hydrated and nourished.
Take an aloe vera leaf and with a sharp
knife, carefully cut away the skin. Gather the gel into a bowl and mix it
together with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply a thin layer to your face making
sure to avoid eyes and leave for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water when
the time is up and enjoy that fresh feeling!
If you don’t have your own aloe vera growing in your backyard, then you can pick up some pure gel at local pharmacies or in the supermarket.
Aside from being a delicious and versatile
superfood, oatmeal also holds some fantastic health benefits for your face. It
can be used as an exfoliant to wash away dead cells and it will help protect
your skin with its natural vitamin E content. Combined with coconut oil, this
healing and cleansing mask will be your new go-to recipe.
You will need 60 ml of warm water, 60 mg of oatmeal and 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of melted coconut oil. Mix them all together and apply that mixture to your face. Leave for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse.
Activated charcoal has been making a
repetitive appearance in modern beauty products and with its super absorbent
properties, it works great to draw toxins from your skin and leave your face
feeling super cleansed.
To make this facemask you need to get your
hands on ½ teaspoon of Bentonite clay, ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil, ¼ teaspoon of
baking soda and of course ½ tablespoon of your activated charcoal.
Simply mix all the above ingredients into a paste, apply to your face and leave for about 10 minutes. Wash away with warm water and a cloth when the time is up.
Egg, Lemon and Honey
Okay, hear me out. I agree that the thought
of putting an egg on your face may not sound all that appealing but with its
benefits and simplicity, it might be exactly what you need!
It’s said that egg whites are particularly
good for tightening aging skin and clearing up oily complexions. Combined with
lemon and honey, this mask is so easy to make and you probably already have all
the ingredients at home.
All you need is 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of Lemon juice. Crack the egg into the bowl and separate the yolk from the egg white. Add the lemon and honey and whisk until foamy. Apply a thin layer to the face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. When you’re finished, wash it off with warm water.
Avocado and yoghurt
Avocado is one of the trendiest foods
around at the moment. You see it everywhere from avo toasts, desserts and
healthy juices so it’s no wonder that it’s also a popular ingredient in
facemasks. Avocado is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy
fats. Using it in your DIY facemask will help moisturise and hydrate your skin.
For this recipe, you will need ¼ of an avocado and 1 teaspoon of greek yoghurt. (Option to add honey here if you desire). Mash the avocado together with the yoghurt until it’s nice and smooth in texture. Apply a thin layer to your face and leave for about 10-15 minutes. Wash away after with warm water.
Coffee and honey
Coffee is well known for giving you an
extra boost of energy throughout your day but did you know that the powder used
to make this delicious beverage will help exfoliate your skin and brighten your
Take two tablespoons of coffee and one
tablespoon of honey and mix thoroughly to make a paste. Massage gently into
your skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and enjoy your
Face masks don’t have to be costly and
packed full of complicated ingredients and chemicals. As you can see with the
above suggestions, lots of these ingredients are easy to get hold of and you
probably already have some of them in your home. Gather your items in a bowl,
get mixing and enjoy the benefits of these easy DIY face masks now!
Georgina is a freelance writer and English teacher. She has been writing content for websites for almost 5 years and has been teaching English as a second language to people of all ages for the last 8 years. She is originally from the UK and now resides in Bali with her family. Asides from writing and teaching, she is a keen Skiier and Scuba Diver. Georgina owns a small diving center in Bali, together with her husband.