by Radja Kettouche
4 Easy Homemade Masks for a Natural Glow
With the current pandemic preventing us from visiting our favorite facialists and stocking up on our favorite beauty products, now’s the perfect time to try at-home self care. One solution to getting a post-facial glow is to make your own homemade masks made with ingredients easily found in your pantry or fridge. Here are three quick and easy recipes to take care of your face and hair even during quarantine.
Turmeric Face Mask
This face mask is great for reducing acne, clogged pores, breakouts, and blackheads. It’s also great for hydrating dry skin it and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps with redness, inflammation and brightened skin tone.
2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of turmeric
In a non-metallic bowl, combine turmeric, honey, and yogurt. Stir until you get a smooth mixture.
Apply the mask to a clean face.
Let sit for 10 minutes.
Rinse with warm water. Do not let it sit longer as turmeric can stain the face temporarily if left on too long.
Proceed with your usual skincare routine.
Use the mask up to 3 times a week to achieve a brightened skin tone.
Avocado Hair Mask
Avocado is the earth’s answer to a natural moisturizer. To be used on dry and damaged hair, apply the avocado mask on the roots all the way to the tips, or opt only for the tips if you’re prone to a greasy scalp. This mask is full of nourishing and hydrating agents, resulting in soft and shiny hair, as well as promoting hair growth.
3 tablespoons of organic aloe vera gel
1 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon of raw honey
Smash avocado until smooth.
Stir in aloe vera gel and honey until mixed well.
Saturate the hair with the mask and cover with a shower cap.
Rinse off after 30 minutes, following with a gentle shampoo and conditioner.
To be used on a weekly basis for shiny, naturally moisturized hair.
Cucumber Face Mask
Cucumber face mask has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as providing the skin with much-needed vitamin C and folic acid. This mask is great for reduce inflammation and puffiness and can be used under the eyes as well. Perfect for all skin types, the gentle ingredient is a great tool to help calm sunburns as well as wonderfully hydrating the skin.
Half a cucumber
2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon of rose water (optional)
Blend half an unpeeled cucumber in a blender until liquid.
Strain the juice to remove any impurities.
Mix in aloe vera gel and rose water until well combined.
Apply the mask to the face and massage gently to evenly distribute. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes.
Rinse the mask off using cool water and follow with your usual moisturizer.
Use as often as needed.
Green Tea & Lemon Hair Mask
A green tea and lemon hair mask is full of antioxidants that help remove dirt and bacteria from the scalp. An amazing natural remedy for oily scalps, it’s also a good source of caffeine, which helps strengthen and stimulate the hair growth and reduce hair loss.
2 teaspoons of green tea (1 teabag)
Half a cup of water
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Bring water to a boil.
Remove water from heat and add the green tea.
Let infuse for five minutes.
Set it aside for a few minutes to cool down. Once cool, add lemon juice.
Apply the mixture on the hair and scalp by pouring it or by using an empty spray bottle. Let sit for 40 minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water and wash your hair as usual.
Use on a biweekly basis.
By Radja Kettouche