How To Tuesday: DIY Beauty Masks

Our skin can take a toll from the chillier climates to come, so skin care routines have to become a little more intensive. However, it is not as easy as it sounds, as products like beauty masks can definitely take a toll on our wallets. Instead of breaking the bank this fall, try any of these DIY beauty masks with ingredients that can be found in the cabinets of your kitchen.

The Breakfast Mask

Breakfast can now be the provider of health and nutrition for your body both inside and out. With gentle ingredients like honey and olive oil, this mask is great for giving back balance and hydration to your skin if your face needs a little pick-me-up. It will soothe irritated skin as well as correct and calm oily skin.

Mix and stir one egg yolk, a tablespoon of honey, a great natural moisturizer, and a tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. Add half a cup of oatmeal into the mix and continue stirring. Apply the mask onto a clean face and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. After, wash off the mask with lukewarm water and don’t forget to moisturize after cleaning the paste off.

Coffee & Cocoa Mask

Coffee and cocoa are a power couple. Together they can decrease morning-puffiness that often affects the eye area and face and can brighten any dull complexion.

Mix 4 tablespoons of finely ground espresso beans, or instant coffee, with 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Add 8 tablespoons of your dairy product of choice. We recommend whole, almond, or coconut milk, or you can even use heavy cream or unflavored yogurt. If your skin is feeling a little dehydrated, substitute the dairy product with olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, or sweet almond oil but only had 4 tablespoons of it or else the mask consistency will be too runny. Add 2 tablespoons of honey if you have dry skin or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice if your skin is more on the oily side. Apply the mask to a clean face and let it dry. Wash it off with a wet cloth or towel but try to be gentle and not rub your face since the roughness of the coffee grounds could possibly scratch sensitive skin.

Strawberry Smoothie Mask

Smoothies are not just for drinking anymore. They can be great sources of vitamins for your skin. Strawberries are full of Vitamin C, which has natural anti-aging effects. This strawberry smoothie is an anti-aging mask that helps combat against free radicals, which cause damage to the skin and break down collagen.
In a blender, add 1 cup of strawberries. These can be fresh or frozen, but also feel free to add more berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, as they are great antioxidants. Add 1 cup of unflavored, plain or vanilla yogurt and 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey. Blend until smooth consistency and apply to the face. You can even make another serving and enjoy as a smoothie on the side!

Tiffanie Hwang is a contributing writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.

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