14 Simple Ingredients for a DIY Beauty Mask

by on January 8th, 2013

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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.

Plain Yogurt

Soothing but smooths skin with lactic acid. Also contains probiotics which can help normalize troubled skin.

yogurt

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Kills bacteria and the acids help smooth skin.
apple cider vinegar
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Honey

A natural antibiotic and good base for other ingredients.
honey
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Avocado

Moisturizing, soothing and antioxidant rich.
avocado
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Uncoated Aspirin

Contains salicylic acid, a good exfoliate. One or two crushed aspirin is all you need.
aspirin
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Moisturizing plus full of antioxidants. Use organic if you can find it.

olive oil
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Lemon Juice

The acids in lemon juice smooth skin and shrink pores.

lemon
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Bananas

Provide moisture and are full of antioxidants.

banana
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Baking Soda

Exfoliates and kills bacteria.

baking soda
Source: www.yummyplanet.es

Aloe Vera Plant

Cut the leaves to get the soothing juice. Also has antibiotic properties.

aloe vera
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Milk

Soothing and also contains lactic acid, a mild exfoliate.

milk
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Sugar

Glycolic acid in sugar smooths skin.

sugar
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Salt

Exfoliating and natural antibiotic.

salt
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Witch Hazel

Antioxidant and astringent (pore shrinking) properties.
witch gazel
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