6 Homemade Face Masks That Will Make You Glow
Why it works: Coconut oil is highly moisturizing, and the gentle rubbing action of the shredded coconut will also exfoliate.
3 tablespoons thinly shredded coconut
1 tablespoon royal jelly
1 tablespoon vanilla-flavored almond milk
Directions: Mix coconut shreds with royal jelly. Add almond milk to the mixture to achieve desired texture. Spread on cleansed face and neck and wait for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry.
Why it works: Pineapple contains fruit acids, which naturally and gently exfoliate dead skin cells.
2 tablespoons avocado
1 teaspoon fresh pineapple juice
1 teaspoon raw honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut, shredded
Directions: Use a fork to mash the avocado until smooth. Stir in pineapple juice, honey and coconut shreds. Apply a thin layer to skin, avoiding the eye area. Let sit for 10 minutes before using gentle, circular motions to exfoliate dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Why it works: Colloidal oatmeal reigns supreme at beating back inflammation; it's often an ingredient in eczema relief products. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, dry, itchy skin has a high pH level, which oatmeal can help stabilize.
1/2 cup hot water
1/3 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoon honey
1 small egg white
Directions: Mix oatmeal and hot water together, then let sit for two minutes. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, combining well. Apply a thin layer to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.
Why it works: You've heard of mayonnaise for your hair, but it also works wonders on skin. With ingredients like egg and soybean oil, mayonnaise is a natural emollient that will soothe dry skin.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Directions: Spread chilled mayonnaise on your skin. After 15 minutes, wash off with warm water.
Why it works: Mustard seeds contain sulphur, an bacteria killer that will keep your skin in balance. They're also rich in vitamin A, C and K, which prevent free radicals.
1/3 cup mild mustard
Directions: First, patch test the mustard on a small area of skin to make sure it's mild enough to safely use on skin. If no irritation occurs, spread the mustard on your face. (You can use a makeup brush if you want to feel fancy ... or at least fancier.) Wait 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Why it works: Any chocolate lover has used this defense: Chocolate is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent skin damage. And protected skin cells are happy skin cells.
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered oatmeal
Directions: Mix all ingredients into a paste. Apply to face, let sit for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.