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The best source of masks is not Sephora — it's in your fridge. Many masks on the shelves tout natural, organic ingredients but what better way is there to make sure you know what you're putting on your skin than actually mixing it up yourself? We've put together some easy peasy masking recipes for your pampering night in.
Avocado and Honey Mask for Dry Skin
This is a great mask for dry, peeling and scaly skin. The avocado and coconut oil replenish moisture, while the honey helps to heal skin sensitivity.
1/2 a very ripe avocado
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Mash or puree the avocado till smooth and creamy, and then blend in the rest of the ingredients. Apply to your face, avoiding your eyes, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wipe your skin clean with a damp, warm cloth, or rinse your face with warm water in the shower.
Soothing Oatmeal Mask
Oatmeal is great for soothing rough, angry skin, including eczema-prone ones, and those suffering from acne. Paired with honey and yogurt, it acts as an instant calming and revitalising mask for all skin types.
1/3 cup instant oatmeal
1/2 cup hot water
1 tablespoon honey
1-2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt
Add the water to your oatmeal and stir for a few minutes. Add the honey and yogurt, and put through a blender to smooth and combine it really well. Slather this all over your face, leave on for 10 minutes or so, and then wash with warm water. Pat dry.
Antioxidant Mask to Brighten Aging Skin
Papaya is rich in antioxidants, and its enzymes help to slough away old, dry skin cells for a glowing, healthy complexion.
1/2 a ripe papaya, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
Puree the papaya in a food processor or blender until just mashed evenly, and then blend in the other ingredients by hand. Spread over your face, avoiding your eyes, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wipe or rinse your face clean.
This is a great mask for guys, as it can soothe both razor burn, and over-weathered skin. The yogurt acts as a moisturizer, while the cucumber lessens redness and provides moisture to dry, sensitive skin.
1/2 a cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon full-fat Greek yogurt
Put the cucumber through a food processor till pulpy, and then mix the yogurt in by hand. Apply evenly over the face, and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm (not hot) water, and pat dry.
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