7 natural face masks that are just as good as store-bought masks

7 natural face masks that are just as good (or even better) as store-bought masks

Beauty comes at a price, quite literally, we’d say. What with all those expensive vitamins and mineral-infused face packs that are flying off the shelves at beauty stores.

 

These aren’t only heavy on the pocket, but their production and packaging is costing our environment a great deal too. While the beauty world is making the more ecologically conscious choice and slowly gravitating towards products that are au naturel, we thought now is the right time to present you with a list of homemade face packs that you can whip up in your very own kitchen!

 

Speaking from experience, these really do work, and will give your #SkincareSundays a whole new meaning. So, without further ado, here’s how to do DIY face packs.

  1. Kale and honey to banish those dark circles

What’s not to love about eating and applying kale? After all, it’s infused with the goodness of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins C and K. This magic ingredient will help you bid goodbye to dark circles, lighten scars and iron out those fine lines that are beginning to appear under your eyes. Need we say more?

How to make the face pack:

  • Place a handful of organic kale in a bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the kale.
  • To this mixture, add a tablespoon of raw honey and 2 teaspoons of coconut milk if you’d like a hydration boost for your skin.
  • Put all these ingredients in a blender until it’s a thick liquid consistency.

Application method: Apply this mask all over your face and neck and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Later, rinse it with lukewarm water. Adding this face pack to your beauty routine once a week will take care of a whole lot of your skin concerns.

  1. Cucumber and lemon for sun damaged skin

Both cucumber and lemon have a cooling effect on the skin and nurse it back to health if it is damaged by the sun and/or pollution. Cucumber also hydrates the skin, whereas the vitamin C in lemon brightens the face within minutes of applying it.

How to make the face pack:

  • Place in a bowl, the juice of half a cucumber.
  • Add the juice of 1 lemon to the bowl.
  • To this mixture, add a pinch of turmeric and a few drops of glycerine (if you have dry skin).

Application method: Take little by little of this face pack into your palms and press it all over your face and neck. Leave it to dry and rinse it with lukewarm water after. This face pack works its magic if you use it at least once a week.

  1. Tomatoes and yogurt to the rescue

Tomatoes are a magic fruit – they’re loaded with everything your skin loves – phenolic compounds, vitamin C and folic acid. Tomato pulp has anti-ageing properties, brightens the complexion and removes dead skin cells. Yogurt on the other hand is for that lit-from-within glow and extra moisture that your skin will thank you for.

How to make the face pack:

  • Crush one ripe tomato until it’s in puree form.
  • Add one tablespoon of yogurt to the tomato puree.
  • Mix the two well and leave the paste in the refrigerator to chill for 5-7 minutes.

Application method: Take a piece of cotton, soak it in the face pack. Then, gently dab it all over your face and neck. Keep layering the pack on until it is applied thick enough on your skin. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse with cold water. Do your skin some good and use this pack every alternate day.

  1. Baking soda, sugar and lemon for those open pores

Baking soda isn’t just the stuff that goes into your cakes and breads. When used on your skin, it gently sloughs off dead skin, unclogs pores and removes bacteria too. Sugar and lemon in this face pack only further aid the exfoliation, cleansing and brightening process and lighten dark spots.

 

How to make the face pack:

  • Put 1 tablespoon granular white sugar in a bowl.
  • Add half teaspoon baking soda to the sugar.
  • Squeeze half a lemon into the bowl.

Application method: Either apply this onto your face, leave it to try and remove it with a damp towel, or use it as a scrub in places you have blackheads, dead skin or any dark spots you want to take care of. Do this once a week and say hello so soft and supple skin.

  1. Gram flour, milk and turmeric for a skin health boost

This combination can be used as a face pack and as a face wash too. It cleanses the skin thoroughly, along with exfoliating and hydrating it. While gram flour has cleansing properties, the lactic acid in the milk acts as a mild exfoliator. The anti-bacterial and bleaching properties of turmeric don’t only leave the skin squeaky clean, but also lighten any spots on the face.

How to make the face pack:

  • Add 2 teaspoons of gram flour in a bowl.
  • Add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • To this mixture, add enough milk to get a paste-like consistency.

Application method: Use an application brush or your hands to apply this paste onto your face and neck. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes, or until it’s absolutely dry. Once dry, splash some lukewarm water on your face and scrub the pack off in a circular motion. Using this face pack daily will lead to the best results.

  1. Papaya and avocado mash for a glow like never before

It cannot get better than this superfood bonanza! The enzymes present in that papaya sitting in your refrigerator help slough off dead skin, lighten acne scars and brighten the face. Avocado is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E which means it moisturises and nourishes the skin, alongside soothing any sort of inflammation or redness.

How to make the face pack:

  • Place a piece of ripe papaya in the chiller and mash it when it’s cold enough.
  • Add to the papa mash half a mashed avocado.
  • Mix the two ingredients well and add a few drops of lemon juice to it.

Application method: Apply this face pack on your face and neck for 20-30 minutes and rinse with cold water. Do this as often as you can for the best results.

  1. Eggs for some serious hydration and skin tightening

This favourite breakfast item is loaded with fatty acids, protein and vitamins, so it is highly beneficial to have in both your diet and your beauty regime.

How to make the face pack:

  • Take one egg and crack it open.
  • Separate the egg white from the yolk and give it a good whisk until it becomes frothy.
  • To this, add a few drops of lemon juice and some half a teaspoon of olive oil.

Application method: Apply this mixture on your face and neck using an application brush. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, until it’s completely dry. Rinse off with cold water splashes. Do this twice a week to get the skin of your dreams.

Pro Tip: While DIY face packs work wonders for the skin, it is highly recommended you get enough beauty sleep (7-8 hours) so that your skin can relax and rejuvenate. Also, stay hydrated! Drinking a minimum of two litres of water a day will keep your body and skin hydrated and happy.

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