Sure, we love impulse-splurging at Sephora as much as the next gal, but our wallets are feeling a bit, um, thin these days. You don’t need to sacrifice your skin-care routine in your quest to save a couple bucks, though. Here are five easy DIY face masks you can make with ingredients lying around your kitchen.
Turmeric Face Mask: This pantry staple has all sorts of good-for-you properties and is a major anti-inflammatory agent. If you’re looking to clear up adult acne (the true bane of our existence) or just perk up your skin a bit, mix some turmeric, honey and aloe vera for a soothing and smoothing mask. (We love these recipes.)
Banana Face Mask: We all know bananas are high in potassium, but did you know you can apply them topically to receive some of their benefits?
Not only that, bananas are a good source of vitamin C, biotin and manganese—all nutrients your skin will soak up. Mix a mashed banana with honey and lemon juice (to add some exfoliating acidity to the mask), apply to your face and reap the benefits.
Coffee Face Mask: We’re all for finding more ways to incorporate our life force morning cup into our lives. The same caffeine that perks you up actually has skin benefits like fighting inflammation and reducing redness. To use it topically, mix ground beans with milk and lemon juice, forming a thick paste that you then slather on your face.
Avocado Face Mask: All the vitamins and fats that make avocados so good to eat also give them healing properties when it comes to skin masks. Opt for the avo if you’re looking to add some elasticity and brightness to your visage. Simply combine half an avocado with hot water and honey into a simple, soothing paste. Keep on for ten minutes, wash away and bask in your own glow.
Egg White Masks: What can’t the humble egg white do? The high-protein liquid, when incorporated into a face mask, can help tighten skin and shrink pores. So long as you can handle the eggy scent, you can buff and brighten up with these ultra-effective masks. We love the easy-as-can-be egg white and oatmeal rendition. Just mix enough oats into your egg whites until they stick, slap on your face and wait 20 minutes before washing away.