If I were to ask you what your favourite part of going to the spa is, the chances are you would say either the massage, the meditation, maybe even the hot tub. Lets be honest, they all score highly on the indulgence and pamper scale don’t they ? My own personal favourite is the face mask though, I just love the feeling of them, the smell too, some of them are just so scrummy you could almost eat them !!!
Before you write face masks off as spa-only luxuries though, think again. You can take pleasure in some of the best facial masks without stepping foot outside your door – I’m talking about DIY face masks !!!!
Most DIY “recipes” are based on natural honey, which helps soften skin, it also has anti-bacterial properties and helps cleanse pores. This natural product is GREAT !!! If you’re thinking of giving it a go, yourself – whats stopping you ? It really is so easy !!! The only thing to bear in mind is to use good quality ingredients and in my opinion, that the best honey to use is raw, unprocessed honey. It has a sugary texture which helps exfoliation, and it doesn’t drip or gloop as much as processed honey.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be dying to try a home made blend, so, I’ve listed a few of my tried and tested ones below. Get blending girls, your skin needs you !!!
My personal favourite is the Honey and Lemon Mask.
Lemon brightens and exfoliates, so adding lemon to your honey-mask is a great twist to try. Lemon is a natural source of vitamin C and is super-rich in alpha hydroxy acids. All you need is half a lemon and 2 tbsp of honey – it really is that easy !!
Start by squeezing the lemon half into a bowl, and add the 2 tbsp of honey.
Mix it with a spoon until it’s a liquid consistency.
Apply to your face, avoiding the eye area.
Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse off and tell me that doesn’t feel amazing !!!
I tried this recipe when I was suffering a particularly nasty breakout one month. Although sceptical, I thought I’d give it a go – and well, what can I say ? It works a treat !!
All you need are two tablespoons of honey, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1 tsp ground cinnamon.
Just mix it all up till it goes all gloopy like a chocolate paste.
Apply it to your face.
Leave the mask on for 30 minutes.
I swear this one is so delicious – it’s hard not to eat it. Believe me, I did – it’s so scrummy !!!! If it does manage to make it onto your face, the bananas are full of vitamins and will improve your complexion. Plus, the honey in this mixture will not only cleanse and soften your skin but also help your skin absorb and retain moisture. What are you waiting for ? Lets get started !!!
What you need – 1 banana, a tablespoon of honey and 15 drops of lemon juice
Mash the banana in a mixing bowl until it’s relatively smooth.
Add the honey and lemon juice and mix it in well, you’re looking to get an even paste which has a dark yellow colour
Apply the paste all over your face, but be careful to avoid any contact with your eyes.
Leave on for 15 minutes.
Honey and Avocado Mask
My friend Karen thinks the best thing that comes in avocado is her bathroom. Girl. This next ones for you….. Seriously !!! Not because it’s good for dry skin (she has skin like a porcelain doll) but because Avocado is a natural moisturizer, and the honey really helps your skin absorb and retain this moisture.
All you need for this one is 2 tablespoons of avocado (the fleshy light green bit from around the stone – it mushes better) 2 tablespoons of honey and an egg yolk
Everything goes into a bowl and gets mashed together (its a form of therapy this part)
Smear it all over your face and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
What do you need I hear you ask ? Well about 170 gms of plain yoghurt gets you started and to that add about 6-10 gms of finely-crushed almonds (take your time to get these as small as you can), 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of wheatgerm oil.
Add ingredients to bowl and mix into a smooth paste. (It’s going to take a little while this one – so it’s worth grinding the almonds up as finely as you can.)
Apply to skin.
Leave on for 20 minutes.
Last but by no means least is this ever popular DIY face mask. A real favourite for those of us with sensitive skin this one. Not only is the oatmeal high in nourishing vitamins and minerals, but is also a gentle exfoliator which is perfect for cleansing and healing skin. The bananas, as I’ve mentioned before, have lots of vitamins for your complexion.
All you need for this one is ½ a banana, round about a 100 gms of cooked oatmeal (made with milk instead of water) an egg and 1/2 tablespoon of honey
You know the next bit by now don’t you ? Say it along with me “Mush all the ingredients together”
Smear that mask all over your face.
Leave on for 15 minutes.
So that’s six of the best from me – have you managed to pick out one to try from these ? Or maybe you have a favourite ? I’d love to hear it and who knows, maybe even try it !!