In times like these, self-care is more important than ever. Just because you can’t go out or make your regular salon appointments, doesn’t mean your beauty routine has to take a hit. While we can’t indulge in regular spa treatments or facials, you can create your own spa experience safely at home, with products straight from your pantry or fridge.
At-home masks can be just as effective as prepackaged products, and best of all, you’ll know every ingredient that goes into them. Creating your own custom mask can also be really fun, and by experimenting with different kitchen staples, you might just discover some amazing skin treatments you never knew existed! Whether your skin is dry, prone to breakouts or you’re just looking to slow down the hands of time, you can create the perfect mask from all-natural ingredients without leaving the house.
Take a look at these homemade facial masks, and feel free to create your own unique version of the mask that works best for you:
Oatmeal and Honey
Both oatmeal and honey are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and combining the two can make a soothing, healing facial mask. Simply mix about 1/2 cup of raw oatmeal with a tablespoon of honey, then add a small amount of hot water, stirring until it forms a paste. Apply to a clean face and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
Those ripe bananas are good for more than just banana bread. Bananas are nutrient rich and full of potassium, both of which do wonders for your skin. Banana also works as a natural exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin cells while hydrating and nourishing. Mash up a ripe banana and apply in a thick layer to the face, massaging slightly as you apply. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.
Chock full of protein, egg white masks are good for tightening and brightening the skin, as well as absorbing excess oil. Whisk one egg white with one teaspoon of lemon juice until the mixture is fully blended and frothy. Apply to a clean face (a large, flat makeup brush works well for this) and let dry. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
While we all know that eating avocado is good for our health, avocados are also great for our skin. Avocados contain skin-friendly vitamins like A, K and E, as well as healthy fats and a hefty dose of natural minerals. Mash 1/4 ripe avocado with a teaspoon of honey and apply to a clean, dry face, leaving on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and enjoy hydrated, soft skin.
Yogurt contains natural alpha hydroxy acids, which help remove dead skin cells and can diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Yogurt also has a wealth of B vitamins, calcium and zinc, all of which provide important nutrients for the skin. Combine two tablespoons of plain yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of honey, whisking until well combined. Apply to a clean face and leave on for 15 minutes.
Jody Ellis is a freelance writer who specializes in beauty, health, travel, fashion and style. Her work has appeared in publications such as LennyLetter, Huffington Post, BBC Future Planet, Civil Eats and Eater.