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Using face packs regularly is one way of keeping your skin supple and healthy. However, good quality face packs in the market are not cheap. Even if you use them at least once a week, their cost can easily add up.
There’s an option though for budget-conscious consumers – homemade face packs. When done right, the quality of these DIY face masks can be as good as commercially-available ones.
The Key Ingredients
Choosing the right ingredients is the key in making good quality homemade face packs. Those who have mastered the formula in making face masks swear to the use of the following:
The use of avocado for homemade face packs is well-known among DIY enthusiasts. The fruit is packed with skin-friendly vitamins like A, B, E, and K and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
It has a good texture, making it an ideal base for making your own face masks. It’s also its unique texture that makes it easy to mix with other natural ingredients like honey.
Homemade face packs with avocado are great for revitalizing the skin and delaying the skin’s aging process.
Using oats for skincare is no longer new. In fact, as early as 2000 BC, people have been using it as part of their skincare regimen.
Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal ingredient for homemade face packs for sensitive skin. Plus, its texture makes it a good base for making a mild exfoliating face mask.
Yogurt isn’t just good for the gut (thanks to its lactobacilli content); it can also be good for the skin too. It contains lactic acid, a form of alpha hydroxy acid that helps get rid of dead skin cells.
A yogurt-based face mask provides mild exfoliation that gives you the natural glow. When used regularly, a homemade face pack with yogurt can keep your skin moisturized and free from blemishes. It can also reduce the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
The protein found in eggs doesn’t just help with muscle-building and repair; they also help in nourishing the skin.
Adding egg whites to homemade face masks is pretty common. People have used them to tighten the skin and give them a natural, fresh glow.
Egg white’s action on the pores also makes it an ideal ingredient for oil-blotting face pack. You can mix it with oatmeal and honey to firm and mildly exfoliate your skin.
Honey’s multitude of uses makes it one of nature’s super foods.
Using raw honey is an excellent way of getting a natural skin glow. It has antibacterial properties and is rich in skin-saving antioxidants.
Whether you use it alone or with other ingredients, this natural ingredient can help you get rid of acne, slow down the signs of skin aging, and moisturize your skin.
Bananas are packed with nutrients that provide your skin with so many benefits. It has potassium which can moisturize your skin, B vitamins for protecting your skin from the damaging effects of free radicals, vitamin A for healing dry spots, vitamin C for boosting the production of collagen, vitamin E for protecting the skin from UV damage, and lectin for fighting acne-causing bacteria.
Adding bananas to your homemade face pack can help revitalize and hydrate your skin, making it supple and healthy.
Lemons are great add-ons for DIY face masks. When mixed with the right ingredients, you can create a face mask that will hydrate and brighten your skin. And with its antibacterial property, you can create a face mask that will help you get rid of skin blemishes.
Mayonnaise is an excellent skin softener. With oil and eggs as its major ingredients, it helps hydrate your skin and heal dry areas. You can use it as it is or mix it with other ingredients such as honey and lemon juice.
Try these ingredients for your next ‘spa night.’ They will not just restore your skin’s moisture but will also keep your skin’s natural glow without getting you to spend so much.