Face masks are currently a major craze in the beauty world. Sheet masks, gel masks, mud masks —there are new options emerging weekly for every skin concern and preference! From the spa to specialty beauty stores, some of the best face masks and treatments can be fairly pricey. Save money and relax in the comfort of your own home by DIY-ing your face masks with ingredients that can be found in your kitchen or with a quick run to the grocery store! Here are 10 ingredients that you can find right now:
This green vegetable is not only for dipping on Sunday nights! Avocados are often used for smoothing the overall texture of the skin due to the high fatty acids and vitamin contents. It also makes a great base before adding other ingredients to your face masks.
Soften the skin by adding honey to your face mask. It may be thick, but it can work wonders for your skin! Honey is a sweet, natural skin softener and moisturizer that additionally helps to unclog pores. It is the ultimate deep cleaning ingredient for face and hair masks alike.
Soothe the skin and fight inflammation with the healing succulent, aloe vera. Find aloe vera plants or leaves at your favorite natural grocery store or gardens. Each leaf is filled with a watery, gel-like liquid that has the power to soothe and heal scar tissue such as with cuts and burns, but it is also an excellent ingredient to add to face masks for anti-inflammation and calming chronic skin problems. Aloe vera leaf juice can also be found already extracted in stores for easy use.
It is acne’s longtime nemesis and your new best friend. Turmeric has become an exciting trend in the beauty industry lately especially in skincare and wellness. Easily find the golden-yellow spice on the spice aisle of your favorite grocery store —you won’t miss it. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps calm acne and reduce scarring. Banish those annoying surprise breakouts even quicker or avoid them completely with this antioxidant superhero spice!
Say good-bye to dark spots and annoying blemish scars! Lemon is a natural skin brightener and anti-bacterial, so if you have any blackheads rearing this is a great ingredient to add to your face masks. Due to the citric acid and richness in Vitamin C, it can even help get rid of dark spots for a more clear complexion.
Oily skin is a blessing that oftentimes feels like the ultimate beauty curse. While it’s not completely here to rain on your parade for what feels like every hour, there are ways to help control it with coconut milk. Add a tablespoon or two to help unclog pores of dirt and oil while still moisturizing the skin.
Get rid of the bacteria and germs by adding plain yogurt to your face masks. No need to use a flavored yogurt —plain will work perfectly. This is another great DIY face mask base. Simply start with a small 6-ounce cup of yogurt and add other ingredients that meet your skin concerns. Yogurt is also excellent for those interested in anti-aging as its lactic acid contents help to tightens pores and the overall skin texture.
If you’re not a morning person, coffee grounds are your new A.M. essential. Even in the world of convenient pods, ground coffee can still be quite useful! Not only does the strong scent help awaken you first thing in the morning, but they serve as fabulous exfoliators to remove dirt from pores and dead skin. If you have puffy eyes from sleeping or allergies, coffee grounds can reduce the swelling resulting in a less tired appearance.
For those with sensitive skin who are looking for a gentle exfoliator, oatmeal is a must for your next DIY face mask. Blending steel cut oats into your face mask can lead to fresh, healthy-looking skin. It can also help calm chronic skin problems or irritations similar to oatmeal baths.
Raspberries & Blueberries
Raspberries and blueberries are superfoods and very high in antioxidants which are beneficial for skin from the inside out. Add and grind a handful of berries to your face mask to help repair skin cells and promote anti-aging which includes firming the skin and reducing signs of wrinkles. Similar to aloe vera, berries high in antioxidants can heal scar tissue.