How much money do you spend on cosmetics each month? Depending on your daily routine, you can rack up a pretty large bill.
Choosing products can be difficult, because your skin could react in a complete different way than your friend’s if you bought a moisturizer she recommended. It’s always disappointing to buy something, use it once, then let it sit on the shelf or throw it out.
Luckily, the Internet contains a wealth of solutions to this dilemma so you can save your money for more worthwhile purchases – cute clothes and functional accessories like a white series watch. With a vast selection of recipes for homemade face masks to choose from, you can keep trying new mixtures until you find the perfect skin treatment for you. Start with these ideas for do-it-yourself scrubs, toners and moisturizers.
Found in the produce aisle
Fruits and vegetables aren’t only beneficial for you to eat – they can also be smeared on your face for better looking skin.
Women’s Day recommended using a papaya to brighten and tighten your face. Simply cut the fruit in half, clean out the seeds and pulp, then rub it around your face. Don’t rinse the papaya off before you put it on your skin because it’s the fruit’s enzymes that will affect the surface. Let the juice sit on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Try this out, but don’t use it more than twice a week.
Combine a banana with 1/4 cup plain yogurt and two tablespoons honey for a homemade moisturizing mask. Reader’s Digest suggested leaving the mixture to dry on your face for 10 to 20 minutes before washing it off using cold water. Apply and time it with your BABY-G BG169G-7 watch.
‘Tis the season for pumpkin everything, including homemade face masks. According to Women’s Health Mag, the autumn favorite contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, as well as vitamin A, which soothes the skin.
Mix 1/2 cup mashed pumpkin, fresh or canned, with two tablespoons honey. Wash your face and leave it damp before applying the mask in the evening. After 20 minutes of letting the mask soak in, rinse it off completely. It can get messy so consider changing into an old shirt ahead of time. Your skin should feel extremely soft when you’re done with the pumpkin mask.
Another mask in Women’s Day contained grapes, honey and flour to freshen the skin on your face. Combine a handful of crushed grapes, a pinch of flour and a tablespoon of honey and apply it to your skin when it’s clean. You can wash the mask off after 10 minutes.
Found in the kitchen
You can also throw together some homemade face masks with items you may already have in your kitchen, such as eggs, oatmeal and oil.
Eggs can be used alone to improve the appearance of your skin. Reader’s Digest explained that people with dry skin should use the yoke, those with oily skin should use just the egg white and people with neither can beat and use the whole egg. When it’s well mixed, apply it to your face and allow it to sit on for about 30 minutes before rinsing off.
To create your own skin toner, combine 1/4 cup cider vinegar and 1/4 cup water. Put a light coat on your face, and let the acidic mixture dry before washing off.
Women’s Day suggested using a combination of plain oatmeal, honey and olive oil for an exfoliating mask. Twice a week, make a packet of oatmeal, but with less water than you normally would, and add one teaspoon each of honey and oil. When it’s completely mixed, rub it on your skin in small circles.
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