To refresh your skin and give it a boost, you don’t need to invest in expensive products. Make your own face masks with ingredients lying in your kitchen.
What’s your type?
Before you start rummaging through your fruit basket for ingredients you can lather on your face, think about what skin type you have as you want to ensure you’re using ingredients your skin needs. Is your skin oily, dry or combination (oily on the forehead, nose and chin but dry in other areas)?
Balance out oily skin
Strawberries are a great ingredient to use for oily skin as they contain salicylic acid. This nifty ingredient gets rid of oil and also prevents nasty breakouts. Just mash up some strawberries and mix them with yogurt, then apply it to your face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before gently washing off.
Add moisture to dry skin
For dry skin, moisture is the must-have because dry skin is prone to wrinkles and lines. Honey is great because it smoothes the skin, adds moisture and reduces inflammation. For extra power, combine honey with an egg yolk and a teaspoon of olive oil to give the skin some freshness. Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
Double action for combination skin
Combination skin requires you to pull a double action: you need to moisturise dry areas while removing oil from areas that are prone to get oily. Rosewater is great for combination skin -it hydrates the skin and balances its moisture level. Add rosewater to yogurt and mix with honey. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Some fruits are also great for combination skin, such as watermelon, grapes and bananas because they’re packed with moisture but not oiliness.
- Before applying a face mask, wash your face with warm water and give your skin a soft massage.
- Pampering is key to a face mask! Always use a moisturiser to your skin after you’ve washed off your face mask to keep your skin smooth.
The Live Eco team