So you want to indulge in some self-care but can’t bear the thought of leaving the comfort of your own home — or even the couch as you’re binge-watching your favourite K-dramas on Netflix. And the thought of sticking to a daily multi-step skincare routine is way too much commitment for you. If you’re the type that prefers something more low-maintenance, with minimal fuss but maximum benefits, try out these easy DIY face mask recipes that’ll keep your skin looking effortlessly fresh and radiant.
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7 easy DIY face masks for fresh and glowing skin
#DIY1: The Stress Relief Mask
This is your dream DIY face mask! It has all of the fantastic ingredients, such as oat powder, which absorbs excess oil, chamomile powder, which protects the skin from free radical damage, and kaolin clay, which prevents acne and absorbs excess sebum. Oat powder absorbs excess oil, turmeric brightens, yoghurt seals in moisture, and honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
1 tbsp oat powder
4 tbsps chamomile powder
4 tbsps kaolin clay
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp of full-fat plain yogurt
1 tbsp of raw, unfiltered honey
Step 1: Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
Step2: Store mixture in a labelled and dated jar.
Step 3: When ready to use, scoop one spoonful of the mixture into a small bowl and activate it with 1 tbsp of full-fat plain yoghurt and 1 tbsp of raw, unfiltered honey. Stir the mixture until it reaches a creamy texture.
Step 4: Allow the mask to sit for a few minutes so that the ingredients can activate and release nutrients. If the mixture gets too thick, add a few drops of water at a time.
Step 5: Allow the mask to sit on your face for at least 15 minutes.
Step 6: Wash off with a soft cloth and warm water.
#DIY2: The Fresh Fruit Mask
This mask will not only keep your skin fresh but also nourished and squeaky clean.
5-6 pieces of cut-up papaya
1 small banana
Half a spoon of honey
Step 1: Mash the papaya and banana together until there are no lumps.
Step 2: Add honey to the paste.
Step 3: Apply it to your face and wait for it to dry.
Step 4: After it has dried, rinse it with lukewarm water.
#DIY3: The Moisturising Avocado Mask
This avocado concoction is a super hydrating mask that will keep your skin looking plump even throughout the hottest days.
1/4 of a ripe avocado
1 tbsp of rolled oats or oat bran
1 tbsp of Manuka or raw honey
Step 1: In a small bowl, mash 1/4 of an avocado.
Step 2: Mix in 1 tbsp of rolled oats or oat bran and 1 tbsp of manuka or raw honey. Mash and mix until all of the ingredients are fully combined.
Step 3: Apply the mask to your clean, dry face for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse with lukewarm water before following up with a moisturizer.
#DIY4: The Breakfast Mask
This face mask will give your skin a healthy, natural-looking glow, and it’s gentle enough for all skin types. It has some amazing ingredients, such as egg yolks, which are high in fatty acids and can help moisturise the face, and honey, which can help cure acne. Another fantastic ingredient is olive oil, which is high in vitamins and antioxidants and has been linked to enhanced skin moisturisation, anti-ageing benefits, and relief from UV damage.
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of olive oil
half a cup of oatmeal
Step 1: Combine half a cup of oats with 1 egg yolk, 1 tbsp of honey, and 1 tbsp of olive oil (yes, olive oil).
Step 2: Stir thoroughly before applying to your face for 15-20 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturise.
#DIY5: The Honey Citrus Mask
This honey and orange-based mask is the ideal quick remedy for brightening dull skin and giving it a lovely glow.
3 tbsps of freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4th cup of honey
Step 1: Mix together 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice and 1/4 cup honey.
Step 2: Apply the mixture to your face lightly and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse with lukewarm water, follow with a moisturizer.
#DIY6: The Cooling Cucumber Mask
Cucumber, one of the most cooling ingredients available in every kitchen, will not only cool but also hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.
1 tbsp honey
Step 1: Grate half a cucumber and combine it with 1 tablespoon honey and milk cream (according to the consistency you desire) in a mixing bowl.
Step 2: Apply to your face and let it dry.
Step 3: After 20 minutes, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
#DIY7: The Cocoa Dream Hydration Mask
This delicious, entirely edible mask has three shining stars, all of which work wonders for your face. Avocado is incredibly moisturising, cocoa is a powerful antioxidant that soothes the skin, and honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
1/4 of an avocado
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
Step 1: Mash 1/4 of an avocado in a small basin.
Step 2: Mash and stir in 1 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp honey.
Step 3: Apply the mask on clean, dry skin for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse with lukewarm water, then moisturise as per usual.
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The story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India