With the festive season coming to a close, it’s time for damage control! How can you ensure that all the indulgent snacking, heavy makeup and pollution don’t show on your skin? You don’t really need to step into fancy salons or splurge on expensive products to detox your skin after heavy festivities. These simple, easy to make, DIY masks are some go-to solutions that your skin will love! Plus they are free of nasties. What else could you ask for?
Nourishing Apricot and Avocado Mask
One of the superfoods, avocado is also a favorite of the skin.
- Peel the skins of avocado and apricot and blend to a pulp.
- If you have dry skin, add a drizzle of honey to it.
- Spread this blend on the face and neck and let the nutrients absorb into your skin for at least 20 mins.
- Wash off with cold water and pat your skin dry.
- If your skin feels stretchy, use a dab of serum to nourish your skin.
- This face mask is for all skin types and makes a perfect weekend detox routine for your skin.
Cleansing Hibiscus Mask
- Take a handful of hibiscus flowers and infuse them in water overnight.
- Strain the water and keep aside.
- Take 2 spoons of oatmeal and blend it to a fine powder.
- To this, add the soaked hibiscus flowers, a drizzle of honey and two drops of tea tree essential oil.
- You can always add the strained hibiscus water to get the right consistency.
- Apply on the skin and neck and let it stay for 20 minutes.
- When it’s dry, spritz some rose water on the mask and wet it.
- Gently massage the mask to let it exfoliate the dead skin and wash off with cold water.
Hydrating Moong Dal Face Mask
This mask is like an elixir for oily skin.
- Soak about two tablespoons of moong dal overnight and strain excess water.
- Take a quarter of a tomato without the seeds and add it to the moong dal seeds.
- Add a pinch of turmeric.
- Mix everything to make a smooth paste.
- Massage this pack on your skin for about 2-3 minutes and let it stay for 15 minutes.
- Wash off with tepid water.
Cleansing Body Mask
This one is really my go-to mask when I want to give my body a good scrub. It’s easy to make and works like a charm to nourish the skin in the winters. While this is primarily a body mask, it can also be used as a face mask, but keep in mind not to exfoliate the face with the mask.
- Soak about three tablespoons each of raw rice and sesame seeds in water overnight.
- Drain off excess water and grind to a smooth paste.
- Use this paste all over the body to buff the dry cells.
- Follow up with a natural body wash if your skin feels too oily.
Detan Papaya & Honey Mask
Use this mask to get rid of the tan and give your skin some glow! Papaya is known to contain papain, which is a naturally present enzyme in the fruit that helps reduce pigmentation to give you an even skin tone.
- Take about one slice of a diced papaya and add to this one teaspoon of honey, a pinch of turmeric and the juice of half a lemon.
- Blend this into a puree and apply it on your face and neck.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
- Take a cube of ice and massage on the skin for less than a minute.
- Pat your skin dry.
You don’t have to spend an exorbitant amount of money on fancy products. With the abundance of fresh fruits available in the market, all you need to do is pick the right ones and add them to the skincare regime. Did I mention that these masks are super tempting to eat as well? With the right fruits nourishing your body, you can also use them to get skin that you will absolutely love!
(A word of caution: Always do a patch test before you use any mask to check if your skin is allergic to some ingredient. Avoid the lip and brow area when you apply any face mask. Always put it on the face, neck and the décolletage, so that it works evenly on the skin that is visible.)
(Pratibha Pal spent her childhood in idyllic places only fauji kids would have heard of. When she's not rooting for eco-living or whipping up some DIY recipes to share with her readers, Pratibha is creating magic with social media. You can view her blog at www.pratsmusings.com or reach to her on Twitter at @myepica.)
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