Five DIY Face Masks Recipes
My usual healthy eating routine is about to be kicked out the car in the foot hills of South Wales, as we head for a weekend of pure Easter gluttony in Ruislip! We’re staying with friends, the very best friends for indulging with; great food, drinking and late nights. Teear’s filled the boot with local cider (we live on the border of Herefordshire, home of cider) and I’m about to make a batch of energy balls in an attempt to try at least to curb the chocolate intake – I can’t avoid wine face this weekend, but sugar I can!
I absolutely know come Monday my face will be in need of a little help! And getting ahead of the game by sharing today. So, if like The Teears you’re planning on stuffing your faces and partying over the bank holiday then here’s your chance to get the ingredients in below and give your face a little TLC on Sunday/Monday.
Dr. Nigma Talib’s a London-based celebrity naturopathic doctor with A-list clientele (Stella McCartney! Kate Bosworth! Penelope Cruz!). And the author of two books “Reversing The Signs of Ageing” and her latest “Younger Skin Starts in The Gut”. Brilliant books where she details how great skin starts in your gut (Have a read of our article: How your Diets Shows Up in Your Face. Not only can she help prevent a problematic complexion but can help fix one…
Right, ready to give your skin the Hollywood treatment? Here, Nigma provides 5 face masks you can whip up in your kitchen!
From her article in Gossip Girl…
Blemish & acne treatment
I have two masks that I like to use if I ever suffer a blemish. The first is based on turmeric, as it’s excellent at regulating the production of sebum on the skin, and I mix this with chamomile tea (chamomile is both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) and a little aloe vera juice, which can act against the bacteria that causes acne. This mask can also help fade any acne scars on the skin. The second mask uses a mix of cinnamon and honey. Like turmeric, cinnamon is a spice with many health-promoting properties, but here I use it because it has strong antimicrobial properties, which fight the bacteria that cause acne. Honey is also a natural antibiotic.
1. TURMERIC AND CHAMOMILE
2 tsp turmeric
1 chamomile tea bag
1 tsp aloe vera gel
Put the chamomile tea bag in a normal-sized mug and fill with about one-third of a cup of water.
Brew for 3–5 minutes.
Remove the bag and add the turmeric and aloe vera.
Mix into a paste. Dab directly on to any blemishes or acne scars.
Leave for 30 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Cleanse the skin as normal.
2. CINNAMON AND HONEY
2 tbsp runny honey
1 tbsp cinnamon
Mix the two together until it makes a smooth paste.
Apply directly to any spots or blemishes.
Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Cleanse the skin as normal.
3. Traditional turmeric mask
I have used turmeric since I was a kid. My grandmother used to give me a paste of turmeric and honey when I had coughs and colds. She’d give it to me on a spoon and make me swallow it in one go. I used to cringe as a child, but my grandmother was on to something—now this amazing spice has everybody talking. When I use turmeric, it brings back warm memories of my grandmother. This is one spice I cannot live without. Why is turmeric so cool and amazing? I can name a long list of turmeric’s skin benefits: it’s used to treat acne blemishes, blackheads, pigmentation on the skin, eczema and psoriasis. Turmeric is great for dry skin, and will help you slow down the aging process as it helps soften wrinkles. In India, turmeric has been added to cleansers and creams for years.
The following mask recipe can be used to help acne, pigmented skin, rough and dry skin and eczema flare-ups. It reduces inflammation and redness, and promotes skin healing. Use it three times a week if you have acne, acne scars or pigmentation. If you have normal skin with no inflammation, use this mask once a week as a skin brightener and tightener.
1 tbsp rice or chickpea flour
2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp natural yogurt
1 tsp runny honey
1 tsp grated lemon peel
Mix all the ingredients together to make a paste. This should be thin enough to spread easily on your face but thick enough to stick well. It shouldn’t run down your skin.
Cleanse your skin with warm water and your daily cleanser.
Make sure your hair is away from your face and avoid wearing any clothing you love because turmeric’s powerful dye is difficult to get off.
Apply to the entire face, including under the eyes, the neck and décolletage—use your fingers or a clean make-up brush.
Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
Finish off your final rinse with cool water. After drying your skin, use a toner and/or make-up remover to remove any extra turmeric on the face. I’m not kidding about turmeric’s powerful pigments: they can stain anything and everything, including the face.
Exfoliate, tighten and brighten
I came across this recipe during my university years when I couldn’t afford to buy expensive over-the-counter scrubs. Even then I was trying not to put excessive chemicals on my face, so this had two benefits—it was cheap and natural. My friends and I would try different home treatments, but these were two of our favorites.
4. PAPAYA AND AVOCADO
We were ahead of our time with this—not only is papaya loaded with antioxidants, it’s also packed full of alpha-hydroxy acid and of course the yogurt we used is a natural source of probiotics, one of the hottest trends in skincare right now. Honey has the ability to encourage moisture in the skin without triggering the buildup of excess oil, plus it’s a natural skin lightener (as is lemon) so it is great for blemishes and dark spots. Avocado is also an extremely effective moisturizing agent and is therefore perfect for dry skin. Egg white tightens skin and is rich in vitamin A.
1⁄2 small ripe papaya
1 tsp runny honey
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 egg white
1 tbsp plain yogurt
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Apply the mixture to clean skin and leave on for 5–8 minutes.
Rinse with warm water, then cool and pat dry.
5. DAIRY FACE MASK
I might not want you to eat yogurt for the sake of your skin, but it’s good if you apply it topically. Add to egg white, which is rich in vitamin A, and you have another great mask.
1⁄4 ripe avocado
1 egg yolk
1 tsp yogurt
Mash the avocado in a bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix into a smooth paste.
Apply to your face with your fingertips—remember: only go upward.
Leave for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
Right, time to get going as calling in on Juno’s new grandpups on the way…. Super lush.
Happy Easter, eat, drink and be merry