By Jacquelyn Nause
Self-care may be a super trendy buzzword, but all it really means is taking care of ourselves first. We all know that when we feel our best we are better prepared to tackle other responsibilities, but slowing down to take care of yours truly is easier said than done. Here are three simple, DIY face masks you can create with pantry ingredients in just a few minutes. Add some meditation and you’ll be feeling Zen in no time.
The Benefits of Homemade Face Masks
We all want flawless, radiant skin without a high price tag. By pulling a few nutrient-rich ingredients from your pantry you can create a simple yet effective homemade face mask that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Staples like eggs, coconut oil, avocado and honey have incredible benefits for our skin. The best part about making your own face mask is deciding what ingredients work best with your skin type, taking into account any sensitivities or specific issues you want to target.
Just as the foods we eat nourish our bodies from the inside, so too can they improve the look and texture of our skin from the outside! Let’s take a look at a few key ingredients and their benefits:
- Avocado: Avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E to nourish and moisturize the skin.
- Eggs: Eggs contain fatty acids and albumin, which is a protein that helps reduce pore size and remove excess oil.
- Honey: The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of honey make it great for fighting acne. Honey is moisturizing and exfoliating as well, helping to keep your complexion radiant.
- Cocoa powder: Cocoa is packed with antioxidants and is naturally exfoliating, making it a no-brainer addition to your homemade face masks.
- Oatmeal: When used as a paste, oats can soak up excess oil on the skin. Finely ground oatmeal gently exfoliates as well to leave skin super smooth.
- Coconut oil: Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil is great for removing makeup and moisturizing simultaneously.
- Collagen peptides: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, accounting for 80% of connective tissue and 75% of the skin. Promote glowing, vibrant skin and get that “bounce” we all covet by using collagen topically (and orally!)
At-Home Face Mask Recipes
Armed with knowledge about the benefits these common ingredients provide for the skin, we are ready to create nutrient-rich face masks at home that will help soften, smooth and brighten our skin. Singular ingredients like whipped egg whites, manuka honey, or mashed avocado can be applied directly on your skin for easy one-ingredient masks. To combine the benefits of multiple superfoods, check out these DIY recipes for face masks that are easy on your schedule and your bank account.
1. Acne-Fighting Papaya Face Mask
Papaya is packed with vitamins A and C, beta hydroxy acid and potassium, which help fight acne and reduce redness. Combined with egg whites and honey, this antimicrobial mask helps shrinks pores and heal acne.
Here’s the recipe:
- Combine 1 egg white and ½ cup of mashed papaya in a small bowl.
- Whip for 20 seconds, then add 1 teaspoon of honey. Stir to combine.
- Wash face with warm water and a mild cleanser, making sure to remove all makeup. Gently dry.
- Apply the papaya mixture. Let sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water followed by cool water to close the pores. Dry with a soft towel.
- Follow with a moisturizer (always!)
2. Oatmeal Exfoliating Mask
To slough off dead skin cells and moisturize all at once, try this simple mask made with a few breakfast staples:
- Combine ½ cup of hot water and ⅓ cup of steel cut oats. Let sit for 2 minutes.
- Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 small egg white. Mix well.
- After cleaning and drying your face, apply a thin layer of the mixture and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse well with warm water. Pat dry with a soft towel.
- Follow with a moisturizer.
3. Collagen-Boosting Face Mask
Soothing aloe vera and moisturizing yogurt nourish the skin while collagen increases skin elasticity. Use this homemade face mask twice a week for more hydrated and radiant skin:
- Combine 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt with ¼ cup of aloe vera gel (you can substitute with a mashed banana or similar fruits such as papaya or kiwi)
- Add 1 tablespoon of collagen powder. Mix well.
- Apply to your clean and dry face and neck.
- Let sit for 10–15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Pat dry and follow with a moisturizer.
Use any of these DIY recipes or get creative and make your own! Because they are made with simple, gentle ingredients you can easily indulge in a self-care moment several times a week. Add hot tea and a guided meditation for maximum relaxation. Enjoy!
Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer specializing in plant-based diets, parenting and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.