Facemasks are a luxury we all love to indulge in. They leave our skin feeling nourished, refreshed and hydrated and can now be bought in a range of forms from sheet and clay to bubble and gel. But what if we did not have to buy them and could create our own in the comfort of our homes, with ingredients we can find within our kitchens?
By using simple ingredients such as yoghurt, honey and bananas DIY masks can be created in less than 5 mins and are both organic and moisturising. Regardless of your complexion and skin type, there is a DIY mask waiting for you to try; from acne treaters whereby, ingredients are used to calm your breakouts, to those who would like their skin to be a little tighter and more youthful.
Here are three easy at home recipes that will leave you wanting to ditch the spa and save your money…
Now, who would have thought, bananas are the new Botox remedy!
Mash one ripe banana, mix it with 1 tsp of melted coconut oil to make a paste and applying it to your face. This mask focuses on moisturising and nourishing your skin with non-toxic ingredients, that will leave you with hydrated and smooth looking skin. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes and repeat twice a week for the best results.
Wanting tighter pores and clearer skin? Plain Yoghurt could be the ingredient for you.
Mix together 2 tbsp of plain yoghurt, a few drops of lemon juice and grated orange peel together. Apply to your face and leave to sit for 20-30 minutes. The yoghurt helps your pores to appear reduced and clear. The lemon juice and grated orange peel provides a rejuvenating effect that works as an at-home exfoliant.
For an extra smooth finish, add aloe Vera which is a moisturising agent. With its immense water content of 99%, it hydrates, cools and soothes your skin and be especially effective if you suffer from psoriasis or dry skin.
Are you sick of lingering blackheads, rooted within your skin?
Grab a tablespoon of honey and a splash of milk and mix together until a paste is formed. Apply a thin layer of the paste to the areas of your face where your blackheads are present and sit back and relax for 15 -20 minutes. Once the mask is dry, gently peel off and see the results.
But it is not only our face that sometimes needs a bit of TLC, we cannot forget about our feet! The pain and anguish our feet face daily from walking, running and even showering can rip the moisture out of them and cause them to become sore, cracked and rough. Here are a variety of natural DIY at home remedies to save our feet!
Mix a tablespoon of salt and coconut oil into a bowl and gently rub this all over your feet as a way of removing dead skin that has accumulated and turned into a barrier that blocks air getting into the pores within our skin. Then wash the remains of the product of and use your favourite moisturiser to add extra hydration.
In a mixing bowl, add a table spoon of Greek yoghurt, honey and coconut oil and apply to your feet. The lactic acid within yoghurt works as an exfoliant that causes dead skin cells to break down, whilst honey is a healing agent that revitalises sore and blistered feet. Let the ingredients work their magic for 10 minutes to achieve smoother and healthier feet.
Lather your feet with petroleum jelly and seal them within a sock overnight to activate the moisture and heal cracked and broken skin. This ingredient creates a barrier between your feet and surfaces to prevent them from harm in a water-protective way.
Our hair can feel dull and weak and salon treatments can be pricey and out of budget for many of us. I have recently tried the new Garnier salon hair masks that leave your hair feeling luxurious and healthy but I wanted to find a way of achieving this feeling through ingredients within my home.
Here are DIY hair masks that are inspired by the Garnier Ultimate blends range:
The Banana Treatment
In a blender (to achieve a smooth consistency) add one medium ripened banana, coconut oil and natural yoghurt and apply from your roots to the ends of your hair. Leave in your hair for 10-15 minutes and repeat twice a week for the best results. Banana’s stimulate hair growth; coconut oil adds moisture and natural yoghurt creates a healthy shine to your hair.
The Papaya Treatment
Blend one cup of papaya, a teaspoon of honey and half a cup of milk together to create a smooth yet thick paste. Apply the mask from route to tip and leave in for 10-15 minutes. Combining these products allows for damaged hair to be revitalised, texture to be re-added and split ends to be concealed. Repeat twice a week for the best results.
The Coconut Treatment
Combine melted coconut oil and an egg white into a bowl and mix until a smooth texture is formed. Apply the product evenly over your hair and leave for 10-15 minutes. This mask will replenish moisture and protein within your hair and should be repeated twice a week. This treatment is aimed towards those with dry, frail and dandruff prone hair as it nourishes and creates barriers that protect the breakage of hair strands.
The Aloe Vera Treatment
Mix together two teaspoons of Aloe Vera gel together with a teaspoon of honey and coconut oil. Use a massaging technique to ensure the product is dispersed throughout your hair and scalp. Leave the mask on for 1 hour and wash off with warm water. These ingredients united add strength and shine to your hair whilst reducing fizziness.
These masks are not only beneficial for our skin and hair but are fun to try at home and provide an inexpensive alternative to branded beauty masks.