Face masks are a perfect addition to any skincare routine. Not only does it soothe and treat your skin, but it also is a great way to relax with a book or your favorite TV show while you pamper yourself. The next time your face could use a little extra love, refer back to these ideas and try one of these DIY face masks the next time your face could use a little extra love.
Aloe + Asprin MaskThis mask is like having a mini chemical peel in your own home, except it's much cheaper. The asprin acts similarly to salicylic acid, which stimulates cell turnover and can help fade dark marks, hyperpigmentation, and acne scarring. Also, since asprin is anti-inflammatory, it soothes angry and agitated skin. The aloe binds with the asprin, which not only makes application easier, but it is also calming and redness reducing.
You will need:
- one to two tablets of uncoated asprin (tylenol or ibuprofen won't work)
- 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Run the tablet of asprin under water, rubbing it with your fingers until it no longer feels smooth. Transfer it to the palm of your hand and place the aloe vera gel on top. Mix it together with your finger. (The compound won't stay paste-like for very long: the properties of the asprin will cause it to turn watery.) Gently smooth the asprin/aloe over your face and leave on for ten minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry with a towel.
Oatmeal + Honey Mask
This one is a little tricky to apply, but the results are well worth it! This face mask will calm and soothe your skin, leaving your face looking plump and hydrated. Because of this, this mask is especially great for those with dry skin. Using the oatmeal in the mask soothes and moisturizes dry, flaky skin, leaving it looking and feeling smoother. The honey helps to bind the oatmeal together, but it is also antimicrobial, loaded with antioxidants, and moisturizing. Bonus: when taking off the mask, the oats act as a mild exfoliant.
You will need:
- one to two tablespoons quick-cooking oatmeal
- two to four tablespoons warm water
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
In a small bowl, combine the water and oatmeal together. Once all the water is abosrbed, stir in the honey, forming a sticky paste. Apply to the skin in sections in a thin layer and build up with the remaining mask. Leave on for ten minutes, or until it starts to dry (when some of the oats may crumble off of your face). The drier the mask is, the "gummier" it becomes, making it harder to remove. Wipe the oatmeal off your face with a warm, wet wash cloth, then rinse and pat dry.
Greek Yogurt Mask
This DIY face mask is gentle but effective - it tackles the task of both reducing acne and moisturizing the skin. Greek yogurt is high in lactic acid and enzymes, which gently exfoliate the skin and improves its texture. If you don't have Greek yogurt, you can use regular yogurt, but the application and texture won't be the same. Skip the flavors and added sugars, though: those can cause blemishes when applied topically.
You will need:
- one tablespoon plain greek yogurt
Apply the yogurt to the face in an even layer. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Pat your skin dry.
And there you have it! The next time you have a pamper night in to yourself, give one of these easy masks a try. Your skin will definitely thank you for it! (And you can finally catch up on all those episodes of Game of Thrones that you missed.)
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