Dry skin? Dull skin? Breakouts? Whatever the issue there’s often an antidote in the kitchen. Experience has taught me that better skin comes from the inside out; dietary changes have helped my skin drastically over the years (stay tuned for a post on this). However, it’s also important to care for our skin topically. This is where my favorite homemade masks come in.
Many ingredients others seem to use without consequence have caused me to experience eczema, dryness, and serious breakouts. These ingredients include detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate, coconut oil, tea tree oil, preservatives, and the list goes on! Given the fact that these three masks have been so good to my super sensitive skin, I feel confident just about anyone will benefit from using them without fear of a bad reaction. That said, I do recommended a patch test.
Each of the masks are yogurt based. Why? Yogurt is very moisturizing without being greasy or oily. Yogurt also contains lactic acid which aids in the exfoliation of dead skin cells, revealing a brighter, fresher, and clearer complexion. I recommend drier complexions use a full fat yogurt for extra moisture. I prefer greek yogurt because it’s extra thick and stays put during the treatment.
Here are a few tips before we get started:
1.To avoid masks getting into your hair wear a headband around your hairline.
2. Masks should be applied after cleansing to clean skin that’s free of makeup or other products. You may apply the mask with your fingers, but I recommend a brush; it’s less messy and feels better going on.
3. I recommend using a mask once per week.
4. Unless showering immediately afterward, be sure to thoroughly remove your mask with a wet washcloth or sponge.
5. The measurements below are enough for one use. These recipes may be doubled or tripled for use on elbows, knees, or anywhere my skin could use some extra TLC.
Here they are, my favorite homemade masks:
1 tbs. Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
This is a great mask for mature skin, or a complexion that’s going through a dry spell. The yogurt dissolves dead skin cells, the honey attracts moisture, and the avocado is incredibly moisturizing. To prepare this mask mix pureed or smashed avocado with the yogurt and honey, and apply the mixture to clean skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
*Tropical Brightening Mask*
1 tbs. Plain Greek Yogurt
1 tbs. Pineapple
Who doesn’t love pineapples? When we visited Hawaii, I found myself eating pineapples nearly every day of our trip, often in the form of Dole Whip!
I’ve always loved the way eating fresh pineapple made my lips feel, extra soft and smooth. This is where I first got the idea to make a pineapple mask. Why does this smoothing action happen? Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that dissolves dead skin! Bromelain, when taken internally is anti-inflammatory, and excellent for our joints, so be sure to eat the leftover pineapple when making this recipe.
This mask is brightening because of the dual exfoliating action the pineapple enzymes alongside the yogurt’s lactic acid. To prepare this mask crush or puree the pineapple and mix it with the yogurt. Apply the mixture to clean skin, and leave it on for 15 minutes, rinse thoroughly.
*Breakout Banishing Mask*
1 tbs. Plain Greek Yogurt
1 tbs. Lemon Juice
This mask is my favorite home breakout treatment. I love that I can prepare it right in the kitchen. Lemon’s astringent action makes this mask ideal for oily complexions and those who suffer from breakouts. If your skin tends to be drier, use whole milk yogurt for extra moisture. Both the lemon and the yogurt are exfoliating. This mask makes an amazing overnight spot treatment for pimples. I dab some over the affected area, cover it with a small band-aid and usually by morning the pimple has improved dramatically. To use this mask simply mix the yogurt and lemon juice, apply the mixture to clean skin, leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Making these masks brings back memories of home facials with my sister,and our cousins. I hope you’ll try these and enjoy the same complexion enhancing results I have.