DIY Facial Recipes You Need
Posted On Jan 22, 2016
Most of us love facials but they can be pretty expensive. And although the benefits can be great, the cost is not, so why not try some DIY facials? They are fun to make, all-natural, and budget friendly. These DIY masks are actually more effective than store bought facial masks because the activate ingredients in food are better for your skin, says Alexis Wolfer, DIY Beauty Expert, and CEO of thebeautybean.com. Wolfer just released her new book, Radiant Bride ($22, amazon.com) and New You has an inside look into some of her DIY face masks.
Calming Cucumber Latte Compress for red or irritated skin
“The caffeine in coffee constricts your blood vessels to reduce redness while the cucumber calms your skin, and the milk promotes healing.”
1-inch sliced cucumber, with skin
2 tablespoons caffeinated coffee
1 tablespoon whole milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Then refrigerate to chill. After that, saturate cotton rounds in the mixture and apply to affected areas until no longer cool. Repeat for 10 minutes before rinsing your face with cool water.
Anti-Aging Hydrating Face Mask for dry or aging skin
“The vitamin A-packed egg yolk helps to encourage cell rejuvenation and the red wine bathes your skin in free-radical-fighting antioxidants while the honey helps to pull moisture deep within your skin. The result: soft, smooth, supple skin that looks and feels younger.”
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon red wine
1 tablespoon raw honey
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk. Slowly add the wine and honey, stirring constantly to mix. Apply to your face, neck, and décolletage with a pastry brush, avoiding your eyes and lips. Let dry for 15 to 20 minutes before washing off with your favorite facial cleanser.
Gentle Chemical Peel- for dull, dry, clogged skin. Not for sensitive skin
“Let fruit acid in the strawberries and lactic acid in the yogurt help to gently break down the dull, dry skin cells fogging your complexion. Then, scrub it all away with sugar to reveal a brighter, dewier complexion (perfect for flawless makeup application).”
2 medium strawberries
2 tablespoons full-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon white sugar
Puree the strawberries in a food processor until smooth. Mix the strawberry puree and yogurt until well combined. Apply a thin layer to your face, neck, and décolletage. Let dry for twenty minutes before using the sugar to exfoliate the mask off. Rinse with warm water.
Blemish-Busting Facial Mask + Spot Treatment- for acne-prone skin
“Yogurt, with its probiotics to balance bacteria and lactic acid to break up clogged pores, is one of the best blemish fighters around. Combined with Vitamin A-packed sweet potato to help encourage cell turnover and antibacterial honey, this mask quickly and painlessly reduces redness and inflammation without drying out your skin.”
2 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt (at least 2 percent milk fat)
1 teaspoon sweet potato puree
½ teaspoon raw honey
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until smooth. Apply a thin layer to affected areas and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. You can use this as a daily spot treatment too.