The cost of great skincare can definitely add up. With so many natural and organic beauty products on the market, it can be tough to decide which products to invest in.
Do your skin a favor and simplify your regimen by going all natural with ingredients you can find at home. These DIY masks are not only great for all skin types, but are also made from real fruits and veggies you can snack on while you wait for each mask to work its magic.
Before you apply any of these masks onto your face, start by testing them on your arm or on the back of your hand to avoid any allergic reactions you didn’t anticipate.
Papaya Honey Brightening Mask
If your skin is looking dull and could use a bit of light exfoliation, try this revitalizing mask from Martha Stewart. You’ll need a 1/2 cup of unripe diced papaya, 1 tsp. of plain yogurt and 1 tsp. of honey.
Blend all three ingredients together until smooth and then apply to your face for 8 to 10 minutes. If you feel a slight tingle, you’ll know the mask is working. Then, rinse it off with cool water and pat your face dry. Finish the process by applying a moisturizer to really seal in all that amazing hydration.
Why it works:
The unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells, so your skin will feel plump and smooth. The yogurt serves as a binding ingredient that’ll give the mask its creamy texture and the honey works to help your skin retain moisture. This brightening mask will give you that brilliant, glowing skin Martha herself would approve of.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Matcha Mask
The secret to radiant skin is turmeric, according to Dr. Frank Lipman, M.D., a doctor and wellness expert who has worked with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Maggie Gyllenhaal. For this mask, you’ll need 1/2 a banana, 1/2 tsp. of turmeric, 1/2 tsp. of matcha powder and a 1/4 cup of yogurt.
Mash the banana first in a small bowl before you mix all of your ingredients together. Then, continue to mix your ingredients until they become well-blended and smooth. Apply your mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Once you’re ready, remove your mask with a damp towel.
Why it works:
Turmeric has been “embraced as an anti-inflammatory agent,” says Lipman. If you’ve been experiencing any redness or swelling, this mask can help soothe those symptoms.