The nourishing oils and vitamins in ingredients like avocado, olive oil, honey and banana are bona fide feasts for our faces and regularly feature in the skincare we buy anyway. But, blitzing it up yourself comes with its own set of benefits and means that a) you know exactly what’s going in it and b) it’s unbeatable in terms of freshness.
So, if you’ve ran out of your favourite face mask and your skin needs a little extra TLC, here’s the ingredients to reach for to create a DIY solution bespoke to you.
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Best for brightening: Turmeric face mask
Turmeric is an ingredient that’s taken off over the last few months thanks to its mega antioxidant benefits. Just ask First Aid Beauty, Kiehl’s and Miranda Kerr, all of whom have launched turmeric skin fixes in recent months. But, it’s a beauty staple that’s been used by Indian women for generations. Curcumin, the active that gives the spice its yellow pigment, is a phytonutrient known for its anti-inflammatory abilities, while turmeric powder itself is an excellent exfoliator that’ll help to brighten skin no end.
Dr Josh Axe, a certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist recommends following the recipe below for thoroughly fresh skin.
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- ½ teaspoon of milk or yogurt
- 1 drop of lemon juice for additional skin brightening
Mix together in a bowl, apply to clean skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Once done, remove with a warm flannel for wonderfully radiant skin.
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Best for soothing: Manuka honey mask
While it’s just as soothing as regular honey, manuka honey also has superior anti-bacterial qualities. It’s been shown to aid in wound healing (encouraging the regeneration of tissue), reduce inflammation (helping to calm redness) and treat spots (thanks to its ability to fight bacteria). For extra anti-acne action, it’s best combined with the tea tree oil from your medicine cabinet, though it does an amazing job of soothing troublesome skin on its own, too.
For a mask that’s not too runny, try the formula below:
- 2 teaspoons of full fat greek yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon of manuka honey
- 1 drop of tea tree oil (if you choose)
Leave on for 20 minutes for best results and remove with a warm wash cloth.
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Best for nourishing: Avocado
Avocados are naturally jam-packed full of nourishing oils, omega fatty acids to fully moisturise parched skin, as well as vitamins A, D and E, to help soothe and calm – which in short makes it an absolute hero for skin.
You could smear it straight onto your skin, but for extra hydration, combine it with regular honey. Here’s the recipe you need:
- ½ of an avocado
- 2 tablespoons of honey
Apply to skin, leave for twenty minutes then massage away with a warm flannel.
And there you have it, skin salves you can rustle up in the space of 5 minutes to give your face a much-needed treat.