You don’t have to go to a spa to give your face a quick fix, but you do have to mess up your kitchen a bit if you want to prepare some witch concoctions in time for Halloween.
Whether you are an enchantress apprentice or the scariest Maleficent of your town, you already probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your kitchen to make your own magic face mask. Not only can you save money, but by working with your own ingredients you know everything you are putting on your skin is safe and natural.
But before you raid your kitchen cupboards, make sure not to apply certain ingredients directly onto your skin such as lemons, apple cider or vinegar (unless mixed with other elements), especially if you have sensitive skin. Also, make sure to use products that are not expired and use the mask on the day you make it, only. Ingredients exposed to air and bacteria will very quickly go off and could easily irritate the skin.
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Fancy getting creative in the kitchen and cast a spell to get the best skin you want? Here are the easiest homemade beauty treatments for you to try before (or after) your Halloween party.
Cleanser Yoghurt Mask
The perfect one for kicking inflammation to the curb. To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain Greek yoghurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For a revitalizing homemade face mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yoghurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, 1 teaspoon aloe, 1 teaspoon honey. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.
Soothing Banana Mask
Bananas can make wonder to your face: keep the firmness of your skin, moisturize, increase blood circulation and stimulating the production of collagen, having an anti-ageing effect. They are packed with 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 moisturize and hydrate.
Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, with 1 egg, 1 TSP honey, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.
‘Restore-me Quickly’ Avocado Mask
When your face needs to restore, Avocado comes to help. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, it’s perfect for moisturising and nourishing dry, chapped and flaky skin. All you need is to mash 1/2 avocado with a fork in a small bowl. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon brown rice flour, combining until you make a paste. Then stir 1 tablespoon fresh apple juice. Apply the mask and allow it to dry. Rinse off with warm water.
Brightening Pumpkin Mask
A great treat that helps even out skin tone and lightens any scars and age spots. Pumpkin is full of enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, that help increase cell turnover to reveal bright and smooth skin. It also boasts vitamin A and C that helps soften skin and boosts collagen production.
Whisk together 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon of raw honey, and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes, avoiding your eyes, before rinsing off.
Super Hydrating Oatmeal Mask
A truly skin-soothing homemade face mask. Great at beating back inflammation and stabilising dry, itchy skin. Just mix 1/3 cup of oatmeal and 1/2 cup hot water together, then let sit for two minutes. Mix in 2 tablespoons plain Greek yoghurt and 1 small egg white. Apply a thin layer to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.
In case you need extra tips for making your own Insta-face mask (whether or not you post a pic of yourself wearing one) grab a copy of ‘101 DIY Face Masks. Fun, Easy, All-Natural Masks for Every Skin Type‘ by Jennifer McCartney. From homemade matcha sheet masks to DIY charcoal detox masks, we are sure you will find a remedy for any skin woe— from dull, dry skin to large pores.