Aren’t we all troubled by our skin acting up during this lockdown? We are all unable to go to the salon or to our Dermats for our regular cleanups and skincare. But let’s not panic and look no further than our kitchens, it is packed with a whole bunch of ingredients that can solve all of our skin worries in no time.
Benefits of DIY masks made at home are immense; you can cater to the ingredients of the mask to suit the needs of your skin, you’re fully aware of what you’re putting on your face and lastly it’s CHEMICAL-FREE and fully organic and healthy. Having said that, I’d also like to reflect upon the fact that eating and drinking healthy are the most important steps to achieve that healthy glow from within. We must consume lots of fruits and vegetables especially those that are rich in fiber and vitamins.
Vitamins like, Vitamin C supports the synthesis of collagen and protect your skin against UV damage, whereas Vitamin E and A are packed with antioxidants that help improve skin health and maintain its radiance. These vitamins are beneficial when consumed internally as well as when applied externally.
However, to achieve a healthy and radiant looking skin not temporarily but in the long run, we must inculcate healthy eating and drinking as a habit of our daily lifestyle. Oh, and do not forget to drink plenty of water!
Here are a few DIY masks that we can easily make at home and are definitely not heavy on our pockets. We can combat problems like acne, hyperpigmentation, brighten and hydrate the skin and much more.
Curd and cucumber face pack for soothing the skin
Cucumber has cooling and anti-inflammatory properties and helps ease redness and irritation on the skin. While yogurt has lactic acid which helps in gentle exfoliation and evens out the skin tone. Mix 2 tablespoon cucumber juice and 1 tablespoon curd. Massage the mixture on your face and leave it to dry for 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and a soft washcloth. Finally, splash cool water to close pores.
Curd and gram flour face pack for de-tan
This pack is being used for generations and has been passed on to us from our grandmothers. It is best to get rid of the tanned skin. Curd and gram flour are both great skin whitening agents for sun tanned skin and help our skin restore its natural glow. We can add a pinch of turmeric to the pack as it has to brighten properties. Mix curd and gram flour in equal parts to make a smooth paste, apply it to your face or any area that you’d like to de-tan. Once the pack is dry, rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Tomato and honey face pack for dull skin
Tomato is rich in antioxidants and helps to fight cellular damage, reduces the size of the pores, reduces oiliness and helps brighten dull skin. To add life to your dull skin, blend half ripe tomato with 1 tablespoon of honey and apply this pack on your face for 15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. If you have oily skin, do not mix honey. Just rub a half cut tomato on your face for 5 minutes, let the juice dry for 10 minutes and rinse it off with cold water and pat dry.
Egg white face mask for pore tightening and cleansing
Egg white acts as a natural astringent and tightens pores. Honey which has antibacterial properties helps fight acne-causing germs. The enzymes present in lemon juice also help in tightening pores. Add all 3 ingredients (an egg white, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice) and whisk them until frothy, then apply the mixture on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Potato and rice flour pack for pigmentation
Potato juice aids in spot reduction and tan removal while rice flour helps scrub the dead skin cells from your skin. Add 1 teaspoon potato juice, 1 teaspoon rice flour, 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional) and 1 teaspoon honey. Mix all the ingredients and make a thick paste and apply the face mask for about 15-20 minutes. Once it’s dry, use some water and scrub your face gently in a circular motion and finally rinse it off with cold water. This pack is best suited to tackle the problem of pigmentation.
Papaya and orange face pack for oily skin
Orange and papaya contain Vitamin C and work as natural astringent and also help in reducing excess oiliness from the face. They also have skin brightening properties. Cut 2-3 pieces of a ripe papaya and take 2-3 pieces of an orange. Squeeze the juice from the orange and mash the papaya and mix them together. Apply this mixture on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with water.
Green tea, honey and Curd face pack for glowing skin
This pack is the best for dry skin and leaves your skin super hydrated and supple. It also gently scrubs off the dead skin from the face. Mix 1 tablespoon of green tea, 1 tablespoon of honey and curd each. Apply the mixture on your face and let it dry for about 15 minutes. Once it’s dry take some water and gently rub the mixture in circulating motion for 2-3 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. This pack will immediately add a glow to your skin and brighten it up.
Almond and oats face pack for exfoliation
This pack is suitable for all skin types and helps in detanning and brightening the face. Take 2 tablespoon milk in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon oatmeal to it. Finely crush 2-3 almonds and add them to the milk, mix the mixture well and apply it to your face and let it dry for about 15 minutes. Then rinse it off with water and pat dry.
Multani mitti (fullers earth) face pack for acne scars
This pack is best suited to get rid of acne scars. It also helps control excessive oil secretion that leads to breakouts on our skin. Mix 2 tablespoon of multani mitti, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon rose water and blend the ingredients well to form a smooth paste. You can also add neem powder to the mixture for better results. Apply this mixture on your face for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Masoor dal face pack for facial hair
This masoor dal face pack helps you get rid of fine facial hair and also lightens the skin. Soak 100gms masoor dal, 50 gms sandalwood powder, and orange peel powder in milk overnight. Grind all ingredients to make a smooth paste and apply it on your face for about 15-20 minutes until it dries. Once it’s dried, scrub off the dried layer gently in circular motions. You can also use olive oil to scrub it off. Finally rinse it off with cold water.
All the ingredients mentioned above are very easy to find in our kitchens and all the ingredients have their own benefits. You can mix and match the ingredients to suit your skin type and tackle your skin problem. However, it is suggested, you do a patch test before applying the packs so as to check if you are not allergic to any of it. Use these to treat your skin issues and bid goodbye to your skin woes. Happy quarantine masking!