Fresh fruit, grains, nuts, nutrients, and vegetables—we’re not talking about food groups; these are just some of the things that you can blend down and mix up into a fresh and beautifying treatment for your face.
Aztec Clay to ‘MURDER ACNE’
Beauty Instagrammer Farah Dhukai is all about unconventional but efficient beauty hacks—and this homemade mask of her’s is no different. The ingredients will only cost you $12, and that give you enough to make this plenty times over.
“It’s LIFE CHANGING and even makes you LOOK THINNER,” she claims.
This is what you’ll look like immediately after:
But then the redness goes away.
See for yourself!
All you need is Calcium Bentonite Clay, your trusty apple cider vinegar, and mix until creamy. She cautions not to mix or apply with anything that has metal—which will deactivate the ingredients.
Lemon Cucumber Pore Combatant
Cucumber has tons of great benefits for the skin—most know it for its wonderful hydrating properties, but it’s also a good astringent that helps balance your skin. Instagrammer Sukhi Mann takes the calming cucumber and mixes it with some anti-acne ingredients like baking soda for its antiseptic properties, honey to moisturize, egg whites to tighten and tone, and flour to exfoliate.
Smelly Blackhead Remover
One of the primary ingredients in a lot of blackhead removing strips is gelatin, and really you can easily make a gelatin mask yourself.
Instagrammer Marjan Tabibzada mixed gelatin and milk to create her own peel-off mask.
“YES IT DOES WORK but ps it smells horrible,” she adds.
Cabbage Patch Kids
Who knew cabbage could work so well as a face mask? The big leafy vegetable actually has a good amount of vitamins—notably potassium, which helps with anti-aging.
Would you give this a try?
The Blue Antioxidant Rubber Mask
Farah Dukai has cooked up this potent antioxidant mask that costs just $1. ave you heard of Butterfly Pea Powder? It’s basically the powderized version of the beautiful blue flower—and brews into a magical looking blue tea. Just boil in water and mix with agar agar (this it what makes it rubbery and locks it to your face), and let the mask do its work.
The science behind slapping food on your face:
A lot of fresh ingredients are full of nutrients—some of which can be absorbed through the skin (topical application), and some which really can’t. Just because you’re putting something on top of your skin, doesn’t necessarily mean your skin will absorb the benefits. Other ingredients are only meant for exfoliation purposes, or to hold the other ingredients together.
For instance, Vitamin C works as a topical antioxidant, which helps firm your skin, encourage collagen production, and reduce excess brown melanin, according to Dr. Neal Schultz, creator of BeautyRx.
Your skin will also appreciate Vitamin E, soothing and also an antioxidant, and Vitamin A (retinoids), which will encourage cell renewal.
Clay, another popular ingredient, isn’t nutritious, but it absorbs excess oils and unclogs pores. Kaolin and Bentonite are the clays you want to look for if you’re purchasing a mask.
And you can customize your own!
Below is a run-down of other possible ingredients and their benefits, so you can mix and match according to the skin-fix you want to achieve. Be sure to do a spot test with any new ingredients you want to put on your face, just to make sure your skin doesn’t end up reacting poorly to it.
When it works, it’s like a nutritious smoothie for your face.
This is a staple in the world of face masks. Egg whites immediately tighten up your skin and reduce the appearance of pores. You can use egg whites alone and rinse off with cold water before you go out, or combine it with a variety of other things for a multi-purpose mask.
Oats, in addition to acting as an exfoliate, are calming for your skin (hence oatmeal soaps, and oatmeal baths for chicken pox). It will moisturize, and help your skin retain moisture—which can help give your skins a glowy, dewy appearance. It is anti-inflammatory and healing, and a good skin-care staple.
Lemons and Oranges
Citrus fruits are full of Vitamin C, and can also help lighten your skin—but in the same vein, they will make your skin more sensitive to light for a time period. Dermatologist Doris Day says citrus fruits contain a chemical called psoralen, which activates in about 10–15 minutes, and takes 24 hours to wear off. If you put citrus juice directly on your face, you will need to avoid sunlight for a day.
But it’s easy to see why they’re popular mask ingredients—citric acid can help treat acne and pimples, brighten dull skin, even out your skin tone, and exfoliate. The peels themselves also have anti-bacterial properties that help fight acne.
Slightly less conventional is the usage of this dark red root. The dark coloring of beetroots is actually very high in antioxidants, which makes it a good ingredient for DIY skincare.
Berries make for masks that look good enough to eat. Strawberries are also loaded with vitamin C, plus they contain alpha hydroxyl acids—an anti-aging agent—and salicylic acid to combat acne.
Most of your masks will need something to hold the ingredients together and stick to your face, and honey is a go-to item for that. Honey is both super hydrating and protective—the antioxidants will help repair skin, and protect it from environmental damage.
Yogurt is another handy mixture to have—it’s basically a multivitamin superfood loaded with things that can help keep your skin happy. But make sure that if you use yogurt, you’re using a sugar-free type of yogurt.
Yogurt contains vitamin B2 to hydrate and help with cell regeneration, vitamin B12 to heal rough and uneven skin, vitamin B5 to bright dull skin and lighten dark spots, calcium to heal dry skin, lactic acid to nourish, and zinc for anti-aging help.
Most people won’t go out of their way to use mangoes, being a bit more difficult to obtain or deal with than, say, honey, but mangoes can also be a lovely treat for your skin. They are super hydrating and rejuvenating, filled with vitamin A, B’s, C, as well as alpha hydroxy acids (softens your skin) and potassium (hydrates).
Green tea is a bit of a darling in the health world, to be ingested as well as used topically. It has lovely antioxidant properties, and on top of that is good for soothing oily or acne-prone skin.
White tea is also wonderful for skin. It actually has the highest levels of antioxidants, plus the level of caffeine in it is good for your skin.
And if you don’t want to mask—you can also just use steeped tea bags to de-puff your eyes.