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DIY Facemask

April 6, 2018

There isn’t much a good facemask can’t cure. I can’t think of anything better to take the stress out of a crappy day in the office, hydrating your summer skin or simply beating back those horrible black heads! But instead of raiding the high street shops, you might want to look a little closer to home… Yep, I’m talking the contents of your fridge! Ingredients like yogurt have exceptional exfoliating properties and honey is brilliant at busting spot-causing bacteria!

Before you raid your kitchen cupboards here are a couple of things for you to consider…

  1. Avoid applying acidic ingredients directly onto your skin – these can cause skin bleaching resulting in red blotches.
  2. Check sell-By dates carefully – If you wouldn’t eat it, it’s not a good idea to slather it all over your face!
  3. Do a Patch Test First – Just like trying out any new treatment, it pays to do a quick patch test to see how your skin will react.
  4. Use The Mask On The Day You Make It – Ingredients exposed to air and bacteria will very quickly go off and could easily irritate the skin.

Now we’ve covered all the important details, if you fancy getting creative in the kitchen here are my favourite homemade face masks to whip up. Just try not to eat them…

To Brighten & Improve Skin Tone

Who doesn’t want dewy looking skin!? Well if you do, this one’s for you. This facemask is gentle on your skin and helps to reduce skins redness. It’s also great when you just want to relax after a day in the office.

What You Need:

1 tablespoon of Natural Plain Yogurt

2 tablespoons Ground Oatmeal

1 tablespoon of Honey

1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder

Yogurt – Lifts away rough and lacklustre surface cells to uncover much newer, brighter ones!

Honey – Healing and bacteria busting properties

Turmeric – Reduces redness

Oatmeal – A humectant, meaning it helps your skin retain moisture

Blend them together and use the tips of your fingers to apply to your, and let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

To Help Sun Damaged Skin

Now this isn’t an excuse to go sit in the sun and soak up those rays unprotected. This facemask won’t counteract the damage long unprotected exposure to the sun can cause. Skin damage is BAD! However, some of us can go out into the sun for a matter of minutes and their skin starts to feel well, not so sun kissed but more beetroot red! I’m one of those people and if you are too, you’ll find this one super refreshing!

What You Need:

2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel

1 tablespoon Yogurt

2 tablespoons Chickpea Flour

Aloe Vera Gel – Considered as the “burn plant,” the perfect natural remedy for a bad sunburn. Initial research has shown aloe vera aids the skin in healing from sunburns and mild burns. In addition, aloe vera can moisturize the skin, helping you avoid the peeling normally associated with sun damage.

Yogurt – Lifts away rough and lacklustre surface cells to uncover much newer, brighter ones!

Chickpea Flour – Controls oil secretion and absorbs excess oil

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply the aloe vera face mask to cleansed face and neck.  Give a gentle massage to your face and keep it for 30 minutes and rinse it off with normal water. Apply 3-4 times in a week to get the desired result.

To Fight Acne & Blemishes

Whether it’s that one pesky blackhead or a teen-style breakout, spots aren’t a good look and I totally feel your pain. Here’s something a bit more natural for you to try…

What You Need:

1 tablespoon of Manuka Honey

1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder

1/2 teaspoon of Sea salt

Manuka Honey – Healing and bacteria busting properties

Turmeric – Reduces redness

Sea Salt – Helps to clean, reduce inflammation and infections

Just mix them together and use a clean foundation brush to apply to your face (paying extra attention to your spot prone zones), and let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Let me know if you try any these facemasks and make sure you consider the few points at the top of this post before applying anything to your face!

Happy Relaxing,

Nat x

P.S. Don’t forget to share you photos using #TPTRecipes over on Instagram or Contact Me if you have any questions!

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