Lemon and baking soda, begone! If you’re looking for an affordable mask that you can make with ingredients you probably already have, look no further. These masks are sure to give your skin the plump, glowy look you’ve been seeking.
Redness Reducing Mask
Recipe: Put half a cup of instant, unflavored oats into a blender and run it until your’e left with very small pieces of oats and a little bit of oat powder. Combine in a bowl with several tablespoons of yogurt, until it reaches a thick, spreadable consistency. To use, apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser.
Why it works: Oats are a very popular soothing ingredient, and FDA approved for treating eczema. This is why children are given oatmeal baths for soothing the irritation of chicken pox.
Recipe: Combine two tablespoons of coconut oil with a teaspoon or two of honey. Mix well until the mixture is smooth. Add two tablespoons of brown sugar and mix until combined. To use, apply the scrub to a clean toothbrush and brush gently in circular motions over your lips until all dead skin has been removed. Wipe off with a wet cloth.
Why it works: Sugar is a great exfoliant and is used in many mass manufactured scrubs. The honey serves to add moisture and prevent bacterial growth. The coconut oil seals in moisture and prevents future dry skin.
Recipe: Combine 1/2 cup of kefir (unsweetened) with 1/4 cup of instant, unflavored powdered oats. Mix to combine. To use, apply to your face and rub gently in upward, circular motions. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with a mild cleanser.
Why it works: Oats and kefir are both excellent exfoliators for different reasons. Oats provide soft physical exfoliation, while kefir is slight acidic and helps to remove dead skin. In addition, kefir is a fermented milk product that contains loads of nutrients that are great for skin (and your digestive system).
Recipe: Combine 1/4 cup of bentonite clay (like Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay) with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in a wooden or ceramic bowl. Mix together with a wooden stick until the fizzing stops. If desired, add a small bit of jojoba oil for extra moisture. Apply the mousse to your skin in an even layer, and then allow to dry (about 15 minutes). Wash off with warm water.
Why it works: Bentonite clay is a powerful cleanser that reaches deep into pores. Straight out of the container, it is far too basic to use. But when combined with ACV, which is highly acidic, it balances out to a perfect skin-level pH. Never use metal to hold or stir this, as it will activate the clay before you can get it onto your face.
*Remember to be aware of any allergies you might have when using these masks, as everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently!
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