Updated: May 13
Everyone deserves some time to pamper themselves - especially at the moment. Stress, anxiety, limited exercise, lack of fresh air and a change of routine can wreak havoc on your skin, but it's hard to know how to soothe it - particularly if you can't pop to the shops.
We've put together some handy face mask recipes using ingredients you're likely to have at home - what better excuse to grab a glass of something cold, stick on your favourite Netflix programme and relax! These face masks are a great option if you're looking for something to do whilst isolating.
For all of these recipes, all you need to do is mix the ingredients together into a paste, smooth on your skin (we love using a foundation brush as a mess-free option!) and leave for 10-15 minutes. When you're done, just wash them off with a flannel or muslin cloth. You could even make them in bigger batches and keep them in the fridge to use in the future.
Hydrating and Nourishing DIY Face Mask
1 tablespoon of honey.
A handful of oats
This one sounds a bit like something you'd have for breakfast - but if you can refrain from eating the ingredients, this mask will perk up your skin and leave it feeling much more hydrated.
How does it work? Honey can help your skin retain moisture without feeling oily, whilst helping reduce the appearance of scars. Oats also have healing and nourishing properties, which calm and sooth the skin.
Blemish-Fighting DIY Face Mask
1 tablespoon of manuka honey.
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
1/2 teaspoon of Sea salt.
If your skin is looking red, spotty or angry, this one's for you.
Manuka honey is known for it's healing and bacteria-zapping properties, while turmeric is brilliant at bringing down redness. Incorporating a little sea salt will also help to reduce inflammation and infection, combating irritation, swelling and excess sebum.
Follow with some tea tree oil or aloe vera gel to calm the skin and leave it feeling hydrated.
Pore-minimising DIY Face Mask
1 egg white.
1 tablespoon of honey.
A little squeeze of lemon juice.
While it's not possible to reduce the size of your pores, you can make them appear smaller by tightening the skin around them. Both the egg white and lemon juice are great ingredients for this.
The addition of honey will stop your skin feeling uncomfortable or tight, boosting moisture levels and leaving it feeling soft and fresh.
Perk up tired or lacklustre skin
1 cup whole milk or almond milk
½ cup ground coffee
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
We all love our morning cup of coffee, but did you know that coffee is great for waking up your skin too? Coffee grounds will effectively exfoliate your skin, reduce redness and soothe irritation.
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