I adhere to a strict daily skin care routine: cleanse, apply topical medication, and moisturize, once in the morning and once at night. But we all know there are some days our skin is in need of a little more. Maybe your skin is feeling dry, or flaky, or inflamed, or itchy, or it’s extremely red. I have encountered ALL of these feelings and they are not fun. Luckily, you can easily whip up some at-home face masks to help relieve some of these feelings. I will describe each of my favorites below:
Mix a few tablespoons of honey with a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Use natural/local honey if you have it. Apply this to your entire face and leave on for 30 mins. Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Honey is an anti-bacterial and cinnamon is anti-inflammatory. This mask is great if you have a lot of active acne that is feeling very irritated. It also tastes good if you accidentally get some in your mouth.
- Oatmeal, olive oil, and egg white:
Mix an egg white with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of group oatmeal. Apply this to your entire face and leave it on until you feel the mask get tight. When you rinse, rub the mask around your face gently. The egg white will tighten on your face and make it look more awake. Olive oil is a great natural moisturizer. Oatmeal is calming for irritated skin and can be a gentle exfoliate.
Mix ¼ of a ripe avocado with 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt. Apply this to your entire face for 15 mins. This mask is great if your skin is extremely dry as avocado and yogurt are both very hydrating. The lactic acid in yogurt is also good for killing acne bacteria. Put some cucumber slices on your eyes while you use this mask for maximum relaxation.
This isn’t a face mask per-say but it’s one of my favorite DIY beauty tricks. I use it when my skin needs some exfoliation or needs to be woken up. Wet your face and take a few fingerfulls of coffee grounds into your hands (I use used grounds – great way to reuse them!). Spread the grounds onto your entire face in a circular motion. Rub the grounds for a few minutes and then rinse with water.
When my acne is especially inflamed, itchy, or painful, I put a packaged sheet mask into the freezer for 15 mins. This makes the mask nice and chilly which soothes an irritated face. Leave on until the mask gets warm and then discard it.