Everyone wants to find ways to make their skin look fresher and brighter, but spa facials ain’t cheap! Instead, consider mixing up your own facial mask at home. DIY masks are inexpensive, and can typically be made by items you already have around the house.
An avocado mask might be one of the most traditional out there, since women have been making avocado-based face masks for generations. Apply some mashed avocado to your skin and let sit for 20-30 minutes. If you like, add some healing facial lotion to the avocado and place some cucumber slices to your eyes as you let the mask rest.
2. Brown Sugar
Brown sugar makes for an ideal mask for two reasons – it cleanses and exfoliates. Mix some brown sugar with olive oil and rub into your skin, gently scrubbing as you go. Then let the mask sit for 20 minutes before washing it off, once again making small circular motions with your fingers for the ultimate exfoliating experience.
Honey also makes for an excellent moisturizing mask, plus it has soothing properties. Apply a honey mask (manuka honey is especially beneficial due to its superior antibacterial properties), and feel free to add other ingredients to bring out the healing power, like a few drops of aloe vera or vitamin E. Essential oils like lavender also work well.
Finally, coffee is a perfect face mask ingredient, as the caffeine does for the skin the same thing it does for your level of alertness in the morning. Rub damp coffee grounds onto your skin and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off, and your skin will look instantly younger and more fresh.
Face masks do not have to break the bank and they don’t need to take a bunch of time and chemicals to make. By mixing up your own mask using kitchen ingredients you are saving cash and waste. Plus, many DIY masks can keep for a week or so when stored in your fridge, so you can pull them out time and again. Your skin will thank you, as will your pocketbook.