The Avocado Mask
Dry, Dehydrated skin
This mask is all about moisturizing. Each ingredient is a master hydrator. Avocados are filled with key vitamins and minerals, like vitamins C and E, that have multiple skin benefits. They’re natural antioxidants, helping your skin combat the many pollutants it’s exposed to throughout the day. Plus, avocados are packed full of fatty acids that help to moisturize and protect the skin’s natural barrier.
Olive oil is known to be a natural humectant and emollient. That’s just a fancy way to say it helps to bring moisture to the skin and seal it all in there. Finally, aloe vera has amazing anti-inflammatory benefits.
- 1 avocado, crushed
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. aloe vera
Start by crushing up your avocado (make sure it’s ripe). You want to try and avoid leaving big chunks in there, as that can get extra messy. Hint: you could always wind up blending the thing. Then add it to a bowl, with your olive oil and aloe vera, and mix.
The application portion of this DIY face mask is pretty simple. Just stick it to your face and let the ingredients do the rest! Leave it on for around 10-20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Avoid cleansing afterward and allow the ingredients to work their magic.
The Greek Yogurt Mask
for Those Annoying Breakouts
I know what you’re thinking—dairy on the skin is just asking for a major breakout. But with Greek yogurt, it’s actually the opposite when applied directly to the skin. The probiotic properties in the yogurt help to balance bacteria and act as a natural treatment for acne-prone skin. It even contains lactic acid, which will gently exfoliate your skin and unclog pores.
Honey is a natural antibacterial ingredient, helping to prevent breakouts without over-drying your skin. And turmeric has a ton of benefits for your skin. It’s known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory that will help to reduce redness and irritation.
- 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. turmeric
This one’s super easy. All you have to do is stir together the ingredients until they’re well combined.
Apply a thick layer to your skin and let it sit on there for around 20 minutes. Then rinse it off with warm water.
The Banana Honey Mask
for Irritated Skin
I know a banana feels like a weird thing to spread on your face. Believe it or not, however, a ton of high-end, luxury skincare brands use it as their key ingredient. And for good reason — bananas are high in antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties work to soothe and smooth skin. Bananas are also rich in antioxidants (double bonus), which prevent free radical damage from pollutants in the air.
The baking soda works with the banana as a breakout preventing agent, containing many anti-fungal properties. Though, it is known to be slightly stripping on the skin, which is where honey comes into the picture. Adding a touch of honey will hydrate your skin and protect your protective barrier.
- 1 banana, ripe
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
Put your banana, honey and baking soda all in a blender. Blend until everything is combined and the mixture has a smooth texture.
This mask is going to smell delicious, but do your best not to eat the thing. It’ll feel amazing on your skin, almost like a luxury treatment.
Let the ingredients soak into your skin until the mask feels dry. This should take around 10-15 minutes. Once dry, wash it off with lukewarm water.
The Pumpkin Pineapple Mask
for Evening Out Skin Tone
This is your ideal DIY face mask for evening out skin tone. Pineapples are rich in enzymes and vitamin A, which works to naturally brighten your skin. Pumpkins are great for gentle exfoliation, helping with dull skin and hyperpigmentation. And when combined with hydrating honey, this mask will add a subtle plump to the skin.
PSA: This mask won’t go bad for about a week or so. Feel free to put it in your fridge and get a second facial out of your homemade potion.
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp. fresh pineapple juice
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
Measure out all your ingredients and place them in a small bowl. Whip them up until fully combined. You can use a spoon, whisk or even a blender.
Just the tiniest amount is enough for this particular mask. You want to apply a thin layer across your skin. Since you’re not using a lot, put the extra stuff on your neck, chest and hands. But — please try to avoid your eye area. Ouch!
Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.