If you have a troublesome face then like most of us you have probably tried lots of facial products over the counter, and maybe even DIY products that you had high hopes in but let you down. The following are top 3 face masks that can be made at home and that a majority of people who have tried them can swear by.
Sugar, lemon, and honey face mask
In this DIY face mask, you should use brown sugar which is a gentle but great exfoliate for your skin. If you don’t have it you can substitute with normal sugar, although brown sugar has an advantage of being a natural source of glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) which gives the effect of brightening skin. Honey works as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, moisturizing and also soothes the skin. It also traps in the skin’s moisture thereby preventing dehydration. Lemon juice contains vitamin C which has great astringent properties and is also antimicrobial and antioxidant. But you should be careful with lemon juice because it has a tendency of making the skin more sensitive to sunlight and will also irritate some skin types. In place of lemon juice, you can use banana.
To make this DIY face mask, add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar with 1 tea spoon of honey and about 3-4 drops of lemon juice (or a teaspoon of blended banana). Mix the three together until it has a fine texture. Next, tie your hair up in a bun so that it’s out for your face and then wash your face to remove makeup or dirt. You can then apply the face mask as you gently rub it in your face. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash it off.
Honey, cinnamon and lemon juice
One important thing to consider when making DIY face masks is their beneficial properties. The aromatic blend of this face mask is intended to help with dark spots and inflammation. Honey, like in the previous face mask, helps with the hydration of the skin and is an anti-inflammatory. Cinnamon has both antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It’s however recommended that you use it sparingly as some people are irritated by it. Also, the lemon will help brighten your face because it contains vitamin C.
Mix all the ingredients (1 tsp. honey, ½ tsp. cinnamon and 3-5 drops of lemon juice) together until you achieve a fine texture. After washing your face and tying your hair apply it to your face gently. Although it may drip when you first apply it, it will stick after a while and then you can leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing to get a really soft and bright skin.
Egg whites and orange juice
This face mask will help tone your skin and diminish acne if any. Egg whites are not only rich in proteins but also have exfoliating and astringent properties. They also have minerals and vitamins which are beneficial to the skin. It’s recommended that you use pasteurized egg to reduce the risk of contracting salmonella which can potentially worsen your skin condition and even cause a skin infection. Orange juice, like with lemon, has vitamin C which is a natural skin brightener.
To make this skin mask, mix one egg white and a tablespoon of orange juice and whip the mixture with a fork until you achieve a frothy texture. After applying you can lie down for about 5 minutes to keep the mask from slipping down and give the egg white time to harden. You will feel a tightening effect similar to other traditional face masks. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and then rinse off for a smooth and clean effect.
As with over the counter face masks, these DIY masks will not give a similar result with everyone. You may have to try out all the three to find one that best fits your skin type and requirements.