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7 Easy DIY Face Masks

Give yourself a fun beauty treatment—you probably have all the ingredients you need at home!

On this tiny red dot, where we are not surprised to experience both sunny hot and heavy thunderstorms in one day. Which sometimes can affect our skin, causing everything from acne breakouts to itchy dry patches.

Although we love treating ourselves to a fancy salon facial, there are plenty of quick DIY versions that are much easier on our busy schedules—and wallets! They all include good-for-you ingredients like avocado, honey, oatmeal, and even chocolate—all stuff that’s likely already sitting in your kitchen cabinets.

The Hydrating Avocado Mask

  • 1/2 ripe avocado

  • 1 teaspoon plain organic yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon of honey

This moisturizing mask is great for stressed-out skin from a day outdoors. Mash the avocado until it’s soft and then mix in the yogurt and honey until it forms a paste. Apply to your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. For a more intense dose of hydration, incorporate one or two teaspoons of virgin olive oil into the formula, which instantly softens and smoothes the skin.

The Pore-Obliterating Egg White Mask

  • 1 egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon of orange juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder

Egg white proteins work great on oily skin types because this ingredient tightens pores and zaps acne-causing bacteria. Whisk it with orange juice (a dose of vitamin C) and turmeric, an herb that has to brighten properties, to help even out your skin tone—but wear an old T-shirt since the powder can stain. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and wash off the mask with water once it’s dried.

The Calming Honey Mask

  • tablespoons of pure honey

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 1 wedge of fresh lemon

Warm the honey in the microwave for a few seconds, then combine it with the cinnamon and the juice of a lemon wedge into a small bowl. Cinnamon is known to reduce inflammation and redness—plus, it sops up excess oil when applied topically. Lemon acid not only helps exfoliate your skin but can minimize the appearance of dark spots, too. Gently massage the mixture onto your face and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse off.

The Exfoliating Brown Sugar Scrub Mask

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil

Brown sugar sloughs off dead skin while coconut oil packs it with moisture. The result? A soft and glowy finish. Use equal parts brown sugar and coconut oil to form an easy scrub, apply it to your face in gentle circular motions, let it sink in for a few minutes, and wash it off with warm water.

The Redness-Reducing Oatmeal Mask

  • 2 tablespoons of raw oats

  • 1 teaspoon of honey

  • 1/2 of a banana

Oats are a natural, gentle exfoliator, but they’re also well known for their soothing powers—perfect for a post-beach treat for your skin when you (yikes!) forgot to put on your sunscreen. Mash it up with a ripe banana to form a paste. Honey gives it some grip and also has anti-bacterial properties that relieve inflamed skin.

The Blemish-Fighting Milk Mask

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • 2 tablespoons of nutmeg

  • 2 teaspoons of milk

Slather on this honey milk mask to treat acne-prone skin. Honey naturally kills off bacteria to prevent future breakouts and nutmeg acts as a gentle exfoliator that’s great for sensitive skin. Let it sink in for 10-15 minutes before rinsing and then follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

The Anti-Aging Chocolate Mask

  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder

  • 3 tablespoons of oats

  • 4 tablespoons of cream

  • 1/4 cup of honey

Dark chocolate can work wonders in terms of perking up our moods and giving us a boost of antioxidants when consumed. If applied topically, you also get the benefits of its anti-aging properties, which help the production of collagen. Combine it with honey, coconut cream, and avocado, and you have a wonderfully creamy concoction that easily glides onto your face. Apply a delicate layer, leave it on for 10 minutes and gently rinse it off. Plus, it smells amazing and you’ll want to set aside some leftover cocoa nibs to nibble on.

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