I’m all for simplicity—especially when it comes to caring for my skin. And while I’m willing to shell out the dough for certain products, to me, it’s even better when I can get professional quality results with all-natural ingredients I can find in my pantry.
The perfect example? Homemade face masks. Whether you want to clear pores, reduce fine lines, or soften skin, it seems there’s a DIY face mask for virtually any skin issue. Here’s a roundup of three more of Your Beauty Advisor’s favorites.
1. The Chocolate Face Mask
We all rejoiced when dark chocolate’s health-boosting benefits were discovered. But did you know that it can also be beneficial for skin? Rich in flavinoids, cocao products help destroy free radicals and inhibit aging for a youthful glow and smoother skin.
To reap the rewards, blend 1/3 cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup raw honey, 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado, and 3 teaspoons of cornmeal. Apply the mash to your face, massage into skin, and then leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and enjoy your sweet new glow.
2. The Tumeric Face Mask
Step aside, curry; we’ve got a new use for tumeric. High in antioxidants and touted for it’s exfoliation and anti-inflammatory abilities (plus it helps even out skin tone and can diminish wrinkles!) tumeric is a spice you just might want to pick up on your next supermarket run.
Create a paste of 1 teaspoon tumeric, 2 tablespoons of flour, 3 tablespoons of milk (or yogurt), and a few drops of honey. Apply a thin layer to skin and let set for 20 minutes. Scrub gently with warm water to remove and slather on your favorite moisturizer.
3. The Applesauce Face Mask
This popular comfort food is breaking out of the bowl and onto your cheeks. This recipe combines detoxyfying apples, oatmeal, and activated charcoal (you can purchase it online if you don’t have any on-hand, or skip it if you’re in a rush) for a skin-clearing mix.
Combine 2 tablespoons organic applcesauce with 1 tablespoon finely ground oats, 1 teaspoon honey, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon activated charcoal (optional) and apply. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing. (Warning: If you add the charcoal, the mask will look a bit like mud—don’t be alarmed!)