Homemade face masks
For dry, oily and normal skin
If money matters are enhancing your worry lines and zapping your skin's zing, here's a way to tackle both woes in one pragmatic swoop. Sidestep the costly salon treatments, pocket the savings, and put your feet up with one of our chemical-free homemade face masks.
In the same way that eating unprocessed, natural foods is the best path to a healthy body, putting safe and chemical-free products next to our skin is the best route to naturally youthful beauty. A cup of soft milky oatmeal versus a pot of icky paraben-packed product? Or a big organic banana versus an alcohol-laden tub of treatment? Yes, we thought you'd agree!
To get the most from any home facial mask, remember to turn that phone down, put the specially-selected relaxation music up, and leave everyday concerns and duties, financial or otherwise, to one side. Have your home treatment to hand, and enjoy the pampering pause. Here's our pick of the best facial masks for three different skin types.
Ingredients: ½ tbsp honey or natural yoghurt, ½ ripe avocado.
Extract properties: Softening, re-hydrating and moisturising (avocado); cleansing and nourishing (yoghurt).
Gently mash the avocado with a fork and mix with the yoghurt. Apply in a thick layer with your fingers, leave for 15 minutes, and rinse off.
Result: Re-hydrated, plumped-up, and nourished skin; especially suited to mature skin.
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Ingredients: 4 tbsp honey, 4 tbsp oatmeal.
Extract properties: Nourishing, softening, thermal effect (honey); aids desquamation, which is the removal of skin scales (oatmeal).
Mix together the honey and oatmeal. Apply in a thick layer with your fingers; it can be left for up to 20 minutes before rinsing.
Result: Smoother, cleansed and nourished skin.
Ingredients: 4 tsp freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice, one egg yolk.
Extract properties: Refining and astringent (citrus juice); softening and nourishing (egg yolk).
Whisk the ingredients together. Apply in an even layer over face and neck, leave for 15-20 minutes, and rinse off.
Result: Cleansed skin, tightened pores, mildly bleaching with antiseptic properties.
Ingredients: ½ a cucumber, 3-4 tsp fresh orange or lemon juice, two squares of gauze fabric with eye and air hole inserts cut into position.
Extract properties: Refining and astringent (citrus juice); cooling and refreshing (cucumber).
Mash the cucumber and mix with the juice. Place one square of gauze on face, apply the mix in a thick layer, and cover with a second square of gauze. Relax and leave for 15-20 minutes.
Result: Refined skin with even tone and tightened pores.
Ingredients: 2 tsp heavy cream, 4-5 strawberries, 1 tsp honey.
Extract properties: Moisturising and nourishing (strawberries); soothing (cream); softening, nourishing, thermal effect (honey).
Gently mash the strawberries with a fork. Mix the cream and honey, and add to the strawberries. Leave in a layer on the skin for 20-30 minutes.
Results: Moisturised and softened skin; this treatment is also suitable for dry skin.
Ingredients: 1 ripe banana, 1 tbsp honey, 1 egg.
Extract properties: Softening and nourishing (banana); thermal effect and nourishing (honey); tightening (egg).
Mash the banana and add the honey. Beat the egg and add to the mix. Push the mixture through a sieve and apply to the face and neck. Leave for 10-15 minutes.
Result: Softened and moisturised skin.