It’s been a long winter, and all of that cold Canadian air can leave even dewy skin feeling dull, dry and completely rundown. So what’s a gal or guy to do? Sure, you could go out and spend heaps of money on a fancy face mask filled with manufactured ingredients, or you could go the DIY route and concoct a fantastic mask with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen.
In fact, most of the masks we’ve found are so clean and natural you could even eat them – if things like tomato juice and milk are your jam, of course. If they’re not, we recommend sticking to at-home facials to tackle tons of skin problems, from a tired complexion to acne and everything in between.
Milk + tomato juice
If you’re looking to brighten your overall skin tone, milk and tomato juice will do the trick. Tomato is a natural skin lightener, which may give yours a more youthful glow. Meanwhile, milk is loaded with hydrating properties. For a winning combination, apply two tablespoons of milk mixed with one tablespoon of tomato juice.
Banana + orange juice + honey
If you don’t have any tomato juice on hand but still want to brighten up your complexion, mix half a ripe, mashed banana with a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey. Bananas contain vitamins E and C along with potassium and natural moisture, all of which can do wonders for the skin.
Aloe Vera + turmeric
Not all of us are challenged with dry skin; some of us have oily skin that we’re constantly trying to tame. If that sounds like you, whip up a mask of aloe vera (two tablespoons) and turmeric (one teaspoon) to help get things under control. We all know that aloe has soothing properties (hello, sunburns!) while turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Coffee + honey
That’s right, your morning beverage of choice may also be used for a glamorous face mask at night. Coffee naturally tightens your skin by regulating oil production while honey pulls out all of that excess dirt from your pores. For maximum effectiveness, mix equal parts of both in your mask.
Coconut oil + turmeric
Want healthy-looking skin? Then try combining turmeric with coconut oil. While plenty of us cook with that latter ingredient, it’s also full of antibacterial properties that moisturizes skin. You don’t need much of it either – just combine one tablespoon of coconut oil with a quarter teaspoon of turmeric for a simple but effective mask.
Honey + cinnamon
We all deal with occasional acne, but if you want to try and improve your complexion with some help from Mother Nature instead of with chemicals, this combo is a must. Natural honey works to clean up your skin while cinnamon dries out existing pimples by bringing oxygen and blood to the surface, unclogging your pores. Use two tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon for the best results.
Avocado + yogurt + honey
If you have really dry skin, we highly recommend this moisturizing combo of half a ripe avocado, a teaspoon of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of honey. Avocado is loaded with healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, which means it’s just as good for your outside as it is for your inside. Yum!
Pumpkin + eggs + honey
If you want to protect your face from sun damage, slather on sunscreen. Additionally, you can whip up this concoction of half a small can of pumpkin puree, one egg and two teaspoons of honey. Pumpkin is loaded with enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (along with vitamin A and C), which boosts collagen production and increases cell turnover. The result? Brighter, smoother skin.
Lemon + yogurt
Lemony yogurt packs a zing to your morning breakfast, or to your nightly cleansing routine. Mix two teaspoons of lemon with two tablespoons of yogurt to brighten and moisturize your skin on a regular basis. And if you get some in your mouth, just think of it as a delicious bonus treat. If you’re concerned about the acid content in the lemon juice, swap it out for some honey instead.
Oats + honey + flour
Need to soothe sensitive skin? Then use hydrating whole milk with cleansing honey, and then give the mask a boost with oat flour (if you don’t have any on hand just blend regular old oats into a powder). It’s loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which is bound to boost your overall appearance. Combine half a cup of whole milk with a third of a cup of oat flour and two teaspoons of honey for the best results.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and whip up your own delicious face mask tonight. No trip to the beauty supply store required.