Our faces have the power to make us look younger and combat the signs of stress and aging. However, they require some love. In addition to your daily regimen, a facial mask can make your skin hydrated and silky smooth. There are many facial treatments – and some, like these extractions that Marie Clarie writer Lauren Valenti got, require the help of a professional to clear skin without causing extreme irritation. No matter what kind of facial you want, you can expect to see smoother, clearer skin. And who wouldn’t want that? Check out these DIY facial masks to keep you looking and feeling your best:
Apple cider vinegar: The au-natural toner
As we age, our skin continues to change. As a result, you may see more of an oily T-zone, in areas like the forehead and the nose. To zap that oil and leave skin feeling clean and refreshed, try making your own toner. Reader’s Digest suggested adding one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups water. Splash this mix on your face after using your usual face wash. To keep your skin feeling hydrated, follow up with a moisturizer.
Ultimate moisturizer: Try an avocado mask
You know that avocados are good for your health – but did you know that includes the skin on your face? Avocado is rich in Vitamin E to keep your skin complexion soft and chlorophyll to reduce inflammation, according to One Green Planet. Try the publication’s avocado mask: mash half of an avocado with one teaspoon honey and plain yogurt. The honey has natural bacteria-fighting powers that keep acne at bay. The combo will leave you feeling so relaxed.
Gentle exfoliant: oatmeal and bananas
Remember your mom’s remedy for chickenpox? An oatmeal bath. Oatmeal can help ease skin irritation as well as minimize redness. It can make a soothing all-natural exfoliant that reveals bright, healthy-looking skin. Steal one cup of oats from your breakfast and use it for your next DIY facial treatment. Beauty blogger Tanesha Awasthi uses finely ground oatmeal and honey to create a mask. To add a boost of antioxidants, add half of a mashed banana to your mask. It also offers vitamin E to fight aging skin.
Pore minimizer: egg whites
It may be hard to believe, but egg whites are great for your skin. Livestrong noted that pores look larger when they’re clogged with dead skin – so you need something that can cleanse and shrink pores. Mix two egg whites with a few drops of lemon juice to create a thin mask. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off. Your skin will feel refreshed and your pores will look smaller. Make sure to complete your regimen with an oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated!
Making these DIY facial treatments a weekly part of your routine is a great way to keep your skin feeling smooth through the dry days of winter into spring.