Forget spending time and money at your local spa. Follow these simple recipes and pamper yourself with the perfect homemade face mask.
1.Banana facial masks
Bananas are packed with ingredients for great skin: vitamin A to fade dark spots and blemishes and smooth out rough skin, vitamin B to reduce dryness, vitamin E to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and potassium to moisturise and hydrate.
So the fruit makes a perfect all-natural, homemade face mask that leaves skin looking and feeling softer.
To make: Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Or mix 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey (a natural acne remedy), and one medium banana.
2.Oatmeal facial masks
If you're looking for a quick pick-me-up that will leave you feeling and looking better, give yourself an oatmeal facial.
Combine 1/2 cup hot—not boiling—water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and one small egg white.
Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.)
3.Mayonnaise facial masks
Why spend money on expensive creams when you can treat yourself to a soothing homemade face mask with whole-egg mayonnaise from your own refrigerator?
Gently spread the mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse with cool water. Your face will feel clean and smooth.
4.Mustard facial masks
Mustard seeds contain bacteria-fighting sulphur, so this mask is especially good for skin sensitivity, acne, and inflammation.
Pat your face with mild yellow mustard for a bracing facial that will soothe and stimulate your skin. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
5.Egg facial masks
For a little pampering, head to the refrigerator and grab an egg. If you have dry skin that needs moisturising, separate the egg and beat the yolk.
Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added. For normal skin, use the entire egg.
Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. You'll love your new fresh face.
Try it on a small test area first to make sure it won't irritate your skin.