By: Sara Walker

Face masks are one of my favorite self-care techniques. There’s something really nice and calming about taking care of myself by taking care of my skin. I also like to light candles or have music playing while I wear them and watch Netflix or take a bath. But that’s probably an article for a different day….

As a full-fledged adult I go the store and pay money for my face masks and I love trying and reviewing new ones.  But that’s not the focus of today article. Instead, I wanted to take a step back in time and revisit some of those childhood DIY kitchen-ingredient recipes.  You know the ones you and your friends made in those 6th-8th grade at slumber parties?  Those be the ones. 

In our overly commercial society sometimes I just get tired of it all.  So I’m ready to slow down and go back to the basics, so today we’re going to look at some super simple DIY facemasks that are made from affordable(ish) kitchen ingredients whenever you freakin’ want to. We’ll also touch on what the masks do since it’s probably been years since you’ve tried one. 

Banana mask

Bananas are great homemade moisturizers. Using them will leave your skin softer looking and feeling. You can simply do this by mashing up a ripe banana, two tablespoons of honey, ¼ cup of yogurt together into a paste and applying it to the face. Rinse with cold water after 20 minutes.

Milk mask

This mask will leave you feeling fresher than before! Why? because milk removes excess oils.  It also has Vitamin A which helps with dry skin.  So if you’re prone to dry skin and acne this might be a great mask to try. Simply mix ¼ powdered milk with water to form a paste. It will dry completely to your face and you can rinse it off with warm water.

Oatmeal mask

Oatmeal is the ultimate at home beauty item. It helps to soothe the skin and will leave it feeling and looking more even-toned. Use ½ cup hot water and 1/3 cup of oatmeal and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then mix in two tablespoons of plain yogurt, two tablespoons of honey, and one small egg white. Apply this to your face but do not apply too much. Allow it to dry and then rinse it with warm water.

Yeast mask

If you struggle with oily skin and perhaps acne, this will be the at home mask for you. Yeast is an antioxidant as well so it’s good for overall skin rejuvenation. Mix one .25 ounce packet of yeast with a few drops of lemon juice and two tablespoons of water. It will form a paste. Apply this to the skin and let it sit for up to 15 minutes and then wash off. This will offer a cleansing mask.

Lemon mask

If you are looking for more of an exfoliating mask, then you should mix the juice from one lemon with ¼ cup of olive oil and apply it and rub it into the skin. The texture from the lemon will help to exfoliate.

Vinegar mask

Vinegar is the ultimate at-home toner. So I wouldn’t use this as a “mask” per-say.  Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water and apply it to the skin with a cotton ball. It will cleanse and tighten your skin. You can do this after each mask as this would be a step near the end of your skincare process.

Avocado mask

The last childhood DIY mask you should try is the classic avocado mask. I’m sure you’ve seen this in the movies. Avocado has natural oil that is amazing for moisturizing and antioxidants for repairing and rejuvenating the skin. Take ¼ of an avocado and mash it. Mix it with one teaspoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of honey. Stir them until you have a paste. It will dry onto the skin in about twenty minutes, then rinse. Try not to eat it! 

Enjoy!