Looking to wake up tired winter skin? Try a DIY mask with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now.
Start with a base like honey, banana, aloe vera, avocado or yogurt. Use them alone or mix with one or two ingredients that have the properties you’re looking for. If you want a moisturizing mask, for example, mix avocado with a little olive oil. Or try mashed banana with honey and lemon juice for oily skin.
A quarter cup of the base and up to a teaspoon (for honey you can use a tablespoon) of the second ingredient will do the trick. Just don’t use more than one acidic (cider vinegar, lemon juice) or abrasive ingredient (sugar, salt, aspirin) at a time/together in your mask to avoid irritation.
Usage is the same for all. Spread them gently on your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. If you have some time, place a warm (not hot) wash cloth on your face first to open the pores. Rinse with warm water. As a light tonic after your mask, soak a cotton ball with some Witch Hazel to close up pores – or splash your face with cool (not cold) water.
Soothing but smooths skin with lactic acid. Also contains probiotics which can help normalize troubled skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Kills bacteria and the acids help smooth skin.
A natural antibiotic and good base for other ingredients.
Moisturizing, soothing and antioxidant rich.
Contains salicylic acid, a good exfoliate. One or two crushed aspirin is all you need.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Moisturizing plus full of antioxidants. Use organic if you can find it.
The acids in lemon juice smooth skin and shrink pores.
Provide moisture and are full of antioxidants.
Exfoliates and kills bacteria.
Aloe Vera Plant
Cut the leaves to get the soothing juice. Also has antibiotic properties.
Soothing and also contains lactic acid, a mild exfoliate.
Glycolic acid in sugar smooths skin.
Exfoliating and natural antibiotic.
Antioxidant and astringent (pore shrinking) properties.