Homemade Face masks are packed with highly concentrated ingredients meant to treat many skin issues.
One of the skincare rituals that most Indian women follow is home facials. It rejuvenates the skin, keeping the canvas clean and healthy. The best part is that it can be achieved using all-natural ingredients already lying in your kitchen.
If you’ve already mastered the art of cleansing, exfoliating, and toning, the next step includes applying a natural face mask.
Face masks are packed with highly concentrated ingredients meant to cure many skin issues such as hydrating your dry skin, squeezing out excess oil, and detoxing the pores. Examine your skin type and apply these DIY face masks according to your skin need. Here are a few that you can easily make at home.
Choose from these face packs for oily to combination skin:
Mix 1 teaspoon of Multani Mitti or Fuller’s earth clay, 1 tablespoon of water, and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply it to the oily areas of the face and wash it off after 10 minutes.
Mix 2 tablespoons of rice flour, green tea, and lemon, and apply. This will be a thicker pack. Keep it for 15 minutes and scrub gently before you wash it off. The exfoliating properties remove excess oil and take care of dark spots and pigmentation.
Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and a few drops of beer in a bowl and apply to the face. Wash off in 15 minutes. Try this once a week.
Mix a pinch of turmeric, half-cucumber pulp, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply on the face for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. You can also add egg white to this paste.
Eggs and honey are great to reduce pimples.
Choose from these face packs for acne-prone skin:
If your skin suffers from pimples and scars, antibacterial and hydrating honey, pore-tightening egg white, and exfoliating egg yolks will help you get a great mask for the skin. Mix 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of raw honey and apply on the face. Wash it off after 10 minutes.
Mix 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice with rose water and Fuller’s earth. Apply on the face for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
To lighten acne scars, mix 2 teaspoons of besan with 3 pinches of turmeric powder. Add some tomato pulp and mix it well. Add water if needed. Apply on the face and let it dry.
Mix 2 tablespoons of besan (chickpea flour) and sufficient yogurt to make a good paste. Apply it all over the face to keep pimples at bay.
Give a boost of hydration to your skin with these masks.
Choose from these for dry and sensitive skin:
Add 1 tablespoon of oatmeal, a pinch of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of yogurt, and a few drops of honey. Apply it to the face and wash it off after 10-15 minutes. This mask will banish dry areas of your face and make it glow.
If you have dry skin, make a face pack by mixing banana, green tea, and curd and apply. It will moisturize your skin and give it a natural glow.
Mix a tablespoon of oats with cucumber pulp. To this mixture add honey or malai (milk cream). Apply on the face for 15 minutes and wash with warm water.
Mix 1 teaspoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of (overnight soaked) almond paste, 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply on the face, leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse it with warm water.
Reduce the appearance of wrinkles with these masks.
Mature skin needs an extra boost of hydration. To banish fine lines and wrinkles, try this mask: 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of shredded carrots, and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Mix all the ingredients and apply them to the dry areas of the skin. Wash it off after 10 minutes.
Soak masoor dal overnight in milk. The next morning, grind it into a paste and add a teaspoon of glycerine and a few drops of almond oil. Apply it evenly on your face and body for 10-15 minutes before bathing, let it dry, and wash it off with lukewarm water.
Make a pack by mixing 1 teaspoon of olive oil in 1 teaspoon of papaya pulp. Apply this pack to your face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes, wash it off with cold water, and then apply your regular face moisturizer. Regular application of this pack will reduce the visibility of wrinkles.
Mix 2 teaspoons of ripe papaya pulp with 1 teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of sandalwood. Mix it and apply on your face and neck, leave it for 15 minutes, and rinse off with cold water.
Sedr powder (also called lotus powder, made from the plant Ziziphus) is used as a shampoo and conditioner to get rid of dandruff and strengthen and promote hair growth.
Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp and let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing out.
The henna mask is another hair ritual that is widely used by Persian women. Mix henna with an egg, coconut oil, and water, and leave it on for a few hours. It not only makes hair shiny but also improves texture.