Summer is here. And as much fun as the warmest season of the year brings us, we can’t neglect our skincare. In fact, it’s when the sun is as its strongest that we need to be extra careful.
One rule of thumb, that everyone should follow — no matter what skin type you have — it’s to never leave your home without wearing a good SPF. The sun is wonderful in the right amount, but too much of it can cause some irreversible damage, and no one wants that.
Aside from the sun, if you tend to wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis, your skin may be in need of some extra attention as well. The combination of sun, make-up, and pollution (among other things) could be causing some serious damage. So maybe, it’s time to give your skin a much-needed break and set aside some time for yourself. This is a great opportunity for what I like to call “Home Spa Day”. For me, it’s a day I know I will be home, relaxing, and I will have time to give my skin that special attention it deserves.
As any good aesthetician would tell you, it’s a good idea to get professional facials every 3 months or so (if you can) just to get those pores professionally cleaned. In the meantime, do your maintenance treatments at home as needed: cleaning, exfoliating, masking, moisturizing, etc. The investment would be well worth it.
As far as masking goes, the cost can add up quickly. Try these amazing DIY recipes instead. When you make your own, you’ll have an extra reason to feel good about them. They’re made with natural ingredients that are not only good for your skin but also for the environment. These masks won’t have any of the chemicals and preservatives like the ones sold at the store.
The greatest part of these masks is that all the ingredients you need to make them are probably already in your kitchen.
Try to do this at least once a week for optimal results. These recipes were recommended by a dermatologist I saw a couple of years ago, and they are very simple to make. Here they are:
This mask helps with collagen production and hydrates at the same time.
Here are the ingredients you are going to need:
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
Mix all ingredients together and apply to your skin for 15 minutes, rinse it off with warm water.
Egg whites protein works great on oily skin types. They tighten pores and zap acne-causing bacteria.
Cocoa Powder Mask
The cocoa mask repairs and prevents cell damage.
- 4 teaspoons of cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
Mix all ingredients together, smooth on your face, wait until it dries and then rinse it with warm water.
The sea salt kills the bacteria. The olive oil is great for hydration but also makes the other ingredients gentler on your skin.
Egg Whites and Avocado Mask
This mask is great for dry skin. Here’s what you’re going to need:
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp honey
First, beat egg white lightly until it becomes frothy. Then mash the avocado. Mix the two together with the milk and honey. Leave it on for 15 mins and then rinse it off.
Avocado is used in many moisturizers sold at the stores for its properties. It helps to clean your skin and it’s great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Turmeric is great for brightening up the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. It’s ideal for acne-prone skin, it helps with scaring and even helps reducing wrinkles.
- 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- a few drops of lemon juice (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together until it turns into a paste. If your mixture is a little bit runny, you can add more yogurt to make it thicker.
Turmeric is a natural dye and it can stain everything it touches, so use extra caution when handling this mask. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Mask
This simple mask is very powerful and it helps with a wide range of skin problems. Coconut oil has great anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and is loaded with antioxidants. Baking soda is a natural exfoliant and a natural bleaching agent.
You can use it regularly up to 3 times a week. It helps reverse the signs of aging, brightens the skin, prevents acne, and reduces the appearance of scars and dark spots.
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
Mix the ingredients well together in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to cleansed skin in circular motions and leave it on for 10 min (5 mins if you have sensitive skin).
Remove the mask with warm water.
If you enjoyed these easy to make face masks, don’t forget to share them on your social media 😉
I hope you enjoy the summer and stay beautiful my friends!