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DIY skincare - Make your own spa worthy homemade face masks

DIY skincare - Make your own spa worthy homemade face masks

The popularity of face masks has seen revival of late. There is nothing much a good facemask cannot cure. They are absolutely as amazing at boosting your skin from the tiredness of a hectic day as they are at zapping blemishes, minimizing pores and detoxifying your skin for that beautiful glow.

We want you to prep up your skin for wonders, for we have picked the best DIY face masks which you could whip up at your home. Yes, we are talking about the content/ingredients at your disposal.

We have covered below some face masks suited for various concerns -

  1. Pore minimizing and Glow mask - Pomegranate and Honey
  2. Exfoliating and hydrating mask - Apple Cider Vinegar and Oats
  3. Acne soothing and oil balance mask - Apple, honey, yogurt, lemon
  4. Detan mask - Aloe Vera and lemon
  5. Deep cleansing mask - Ground almonds and olive oil
  6. Toning mask - Yogurt, honey and turmeric powder

1. Pomegranate and Honey Love Your Skin

As you know, this fruit of heaven is an orb of sweet wonder, waiting to be cracked open and devoured. Pomegranate juice is loaded with Vitamin C, making it a potent antioxidant and skin revitalizer. It works to slough off dead skin cells and make way for your skin to retain moisture. The seed’s oil obtained from the juice while blending prevents oxidative damage and promotes skin regeneration. High amount of ellagic acid in pomegranates reduces the breakdown of collagen, making skin full of all the vibrance.

Honey is the second ingredient in the mask, a natural antibacterial and cleansing agent, used for centuries as a preservative. When paired with pomegranate, acts as a true elixir for radiance.

What you need-

  •        ½ small pomegranate
  •        1 tablespoon raw honey

Step 1 – Blend pomegranate beads in a blender or grinding machine until juicy and fully pulverised.

Step 2 – Pour mixture through a strainer or nut milk bag into a bowl.

Step 3 – Mix about one tablespoon of raw honey with 2 tablespoons of strained pomegranate juice. Blend them well to combine.

Step 4 – Apply half of this mixture all over your face and neck, spreading evenly. You can keep rest of the mixture up to a week in the fridge.

Step 5 – Leave it for 20-30 minutes. Once it dries, rinse with cold water.   

2. Apple Cider Vinegar and Oatmeal Facemask

Apart from balancing body’s pH and boosting the immune system, apple cider vinegar (ACV) has some tremendous external benefits – It helps to maintain skin’s acid mantle (a fine film on skin’s surface that protects from bacteria and damage done by harsh chemical based products). Oatmeal is brilliant at nourishing, calming and soothing skin. Together they act as a true skin hero by gently exfoliating the dead skin cells while maintaining the skin’s acid mantle and moisture.

What you need

  •        A handful of oats ground to flour in blender or grinder
  •        1 tablespoon apple vinegar cider
  •        2 tablespoons of apple juice ( reap the benefit of apple in multiple forms)
  •        Water as needed

Step 1 – In a bowl, mix all ingredients as they reach a spreadable texture.

Step 2 – As oats will thicken as they sit, so add liquid as needed.

Step 3 – spread a thin layer on face, let sit until dry. Wash it off and moisturize skin.

3. Reap the benefits of Apple in multiple forms

An apple a day keeps your skin problems at bay. Apples have potent antioxidant and are chock full of Vitamins. This delicious fruit has high doses of collagen and elastin to keep your skin soft, smooth and plumped up. They are astringent – gets rid of skin surface bacteria and regulates sebum (natural oil) production.

  • Apple mask for chronic acne
  • What you need

    •        half grated apple
    •        Honey as needed

    Step 1 – Take a bowl and mix equal amount of grated apple and honey.

    Step 2 – Apply mixture to a clean face and let it remain on skin for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water.

  • Apple mask for oil balance
  • What you need

    •        1 teaspoon of grated apple
    •        1 teaspoon of Yogurt
    •        1 teaspoon of lemon juice

    Step 1 – Grate an apple, add 1 teaspoon of each grated apple, yogurt and lemon juice. Yogurt is known to add moisture to your skin, absorb excessive facial oil and maintain a healthy glow.

    Step 2 – Apply this thick consistent mixture all over your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water.

    4. Aloe Vera and lemon De-tan mask

    Aloe gel is a super skin food filled to bursting with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. They benefit your skin in many ways – with its radiance boosting, skin soothing and hydrating properties. This gel is the best at detanning, so your skin is going to be in for a treat!

    What you need

    •        Gel from one aloe vera leaf
    •        1 teaspoon of lemon juice

    Step 1 – Scrape the gel out of one aloe vera leaf.

    Step 2 – Add a teaspoon of lemon juice

    Step 3 – Massage this citrus gel over the face and neck.

    Step 4 – Allow it to soak in for good 30 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

    5. Combat pollution damage with Ground almonds and olive oil mask

    Environmental aggressors are damaging our skin, and we are just beginning to understand its damaging effects – free radical damage leading to dullness, dehydration and fine lines. Almonds are fatty acid rich that are able to penetrate the skin, keeping it soft and supple. Packed with vitamin E, the coat of olive oil act as a barrier against free radicals.

    What you need

    •        A handful of ground almonds
    •        2 tablespoons of olive oil

    Step 1 – Form a paste of both the ingredients in a blender.

    Step 2 – Gently massage the paste onto your skin to dislodge everyday grime, make up, dead cells and oil.

    Step 3 – Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with normal water.

    6. Yogurt, honey and turmeric powder toning mask

    Yogurt is filled to the peak with lactic acid which makes a visible difference by removing away rough and lacklustre cells to display much newer and brighter ones. And if you want to step up your face mask game, mix it with honey as it’ll boost your skin moisture level, and turmeric powder ( useful for combating pigmentation).

    What you need

    •        1 tablespoon of plain, natural yogurt
    •        1 tablespoon of honey
    •        1 tablespoon of turmeric powder

    Step 1 – Pour the ingredients into a bowl and make a thick paste. Apply in to your face and neck, spreading evenly.

    Step 2 – Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash after it dries.

    Note – DIY facemasks are perfectly safe but there are a few at home products you should not put directly onto your skin without pre-mixing first, such as apple cider vinegar and lemon ( they could make the skin sensitive to light and possibly cause bleaching).

    Which DIY masks have you used and loved? Do share with us in the comments below.