by Kim Wong Shing
There’s something inherently satisfying about spending some time at home, relaxing while you wait for your face mask to dry. Face masks rejuvenate your skin and restore your glow, but store-bought face masks can be steep in price. Luckily, there are many common kitchen ingredients that can be whipped into a quick mask.
Masks for the summer should focus on cleansing, hydrating and brightening the skin. Heavy moisture isn’t needed. Instead, aim for some light hydration and exfoliation.
These 5 DIY face mask recipes use easy-to-find ingredients, many of which you probably have around your kitchen. They’re a cinch to make, and they’re a great summer treat for your skin.
Hydrating Oatmeal & Honey Face Mask
Honey gently nourishes and hydrates the skin, while oatmeal soothes the skin and provides some gentle exfoliation.
1/2 cup raw ground oatmeal
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk or yogurt
1 tbsp honey
You can substitute the milk for a non-dairy milk if you prefer. Combine the ingredients in a pan, heat for 5 minutes, and let cool. Apply to a clean face for 15 minutes for best results.
Brightening Strawberry & Lemon Face Mask
Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, which is commonly found in acne-targeting skin products. Lemon juice cleanses and tightens pores.
1/4 cup mashed strawberries
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp honey
Mash ingredients together until the consistency is creamy. Apply for 8-10 minutes.
Antioxidant-rich Papaya & Honey Face Mask
If you’ve got sun spots, an uneven skin tone, or signs of aging, papaya is a lovely antioxidant-rich fruit to add to your masks.
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup mashed ripe papaya
1/4 cup lemon/lime juice (optional)
Blend the ingredients together by hand until smooth. Apply for 15-20 minutes.
Soothing Green Tea & Coconut Oil
Green tea is just as powerful on your skin as it is inside of your body. Rich in antioxidants, it reduces redness and adds a subtle glow to the skin. Coconut oil adds moisture and is an antiseptic.
1 tsp matcha green tea powder
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp water
Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Apply for 15 minutes.
Exfoliating Banana, Egg & Avocado Face Mask
Both banana and avocado are super gentle exfoliants, while egg tightens the skin. Avocado also adds a burst of hydration.
Mash the avocado and banana together, then add the egg. Mix until smooth. Apply for 15 minutes.