Moisturisers, night creams and toners are great for maintaining skin hydration and keeping our PH levels balanced but there really is nothing better than a facemask that soothes, hydrates and leaves you feeling revitalised and rejuvenated. There’s no need to head out to your nearest pharmacy and grab a face mask packet to enjoy a pamper, the best ones are homemade. There is an abundance of ingredients in your cupboards that have properties your skin is crying out for; let’s discover what they are.
Honey; when you’re not eating this sticky and golden loveliness, try adding it to your next face mask recipe. Used for hundreds of years as a medicinal ingredient, honey has incredible antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and recovery properties.
If you’re looking to calm, moisturise, and dissipate red and spotty skin, then you need to be adding honey into your skincare routine. Whether that is in a face mask, in a body scrub or in your daily wash, it really is the miracle skincare product.
“When applied topically, honey acts as a humectant, drawing water out of the air and into itself, making it intensely hydrating. In its raw, unfiltered, and preferably wild state, honey is rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, enzymes, and antibacterial properties, which act to protect and nourish damaged skin. For these reasons, honey is used today as an ingredient in many beauty products.” Parade reports.
The super skin saver, avocado has a mass of positive properties and is a hero when it comes to improving skin. Perfect for those with dry skin, avocado can moisturise and nourish dry, chapped and flaky skin. The natural oils and fatty acids that it produces have long-lasting effects.
Reducing inflammation is another of the positive effects it can have, the antioxidants and vitamins can reduce skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. As well as reducing common skin conditions it can also prevent and treat the signs of acne and acne scarring.
Kara from Politics of a Pretty Blog has told us what products she loves to include in her masks: “We all have different skin types but I feel like there's a bevy of options right in your own fridge. I think avocado and banana is great for moisturizing and anti-aging, strawberries are great for anti-acne treatment.”
Activated charcoal may sound like an odd ingredient to include in your skincare routine, but it has some incredible benefits that you can’t ignore. Scientifically proven to minimise pores, remove toxins, balance oily skin and treat acne, activated charcoal is now your new best friend.
BeautyMunsta recently reported: “First off, what is activated charcoal and what does activated mean? Well, activated charcoal is simply common charcoal that has been heated in a way that it develops a lot of small spaces or ‘pores’ in it that traps chemicals.
It is produced by small particles of carbonaceous substances such as sawdust and coconut shells heated to very high temperatures, which forms charcoal. To ‘activate’ the charcoal, steam or very hot air is used to erode the internal surfaces thereby increasing its absorptive surface area. This absorptive surface area is the one which draws out harmful substances, toxins and impurities from deep within the skin.”
Another unlikely ingredient that you should be including in your home DIY face masks is yoghurt. The holy grail when it comes to moisturising dry and chapped skin, yoghurt is chocka-block full of protein, calcium, vitamin D and probiotics, all the things you need for happy and healthy skin.
Yoghurt is typically mixed with honey for an equal balance of benefits, leaving skin radiant and hydrated.
Skin Care Wellness undertook a study on yoghurt and the benefits it has on the skin and found that it is great at giving the skin a healthy glow: “The reason a yoghurt face mask gives you glowing and youthful skin is all because of those healthy and wonderful nutrients that are present in yoghurt. These nutrients are skin-friendly, and that is what makes a yoghurt face mask so effective.”
Acting as an astringent for the skin, banana is the perfect ingredient for those looking to tighten the skin around the face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. Naturally reducing inflammation and irritation, it helps boost the healthy collagen production which in turn helps skin become firmer and tighter.
The citrus fruit that has 101 uses, lemon isn’t an unfamiliar product when it comes to beauty and skincare with many of the high-street stores stocking citrus skincare, and there is a reason for that. Lemon is a game changer if you want bright and radiant skin - the acidity in the juice clarifies and purifies the pores. Full of vitamin C and natural citric acid it neutralises free radicals and boosts collagen production adding in the recovery of age spots, dark spots and stubborn fake tan.
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We spoke to Claire Baker, beauty and lifestyle blogger about her favourite DIY masks, her favourite ingredients make the perfect concoction for a refreshing skin hit:
“I absolutely love coming up with my own DIY masks to suit my personal skin needs. The beauty of compression sheet masks is that I can customise them to make them work for my skin’s specific needs on any given day. If you are like me, then your skin needs change regularly, and as a result, you can change your choice of sheet mask solution accordingly.
My personal favourite DIY mask recipe is one that I use to refresh my skin and it contains 2 teaspoons of cucumber juice, 1 teaspoon of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of rose water. The cucumber is so, so cooling and makes my skin feel really fresh and hydrated. The honey brings the antibacterial element and the rose water hydrates and tones the skin”
2 tsp Cucumber Juice
1 tsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Rose Water
Mix all the ingredients into a small bowl, apply to the face and leave for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a warm cloth for a refreshing and hydrating glow.
“Honey has incredible antibacterial properties so is great at healing spots, and Greek yoghurt is rich in probiotics as well as adding a shot of moisture to the skin. This is great if you have more sensitive skin as it can also help to reduce redness and inflammation” says Ellie from Life of Ellie Grace
1 – 2 tbsp Honey
3 tbsp Greek Yoghurt
Mix the honey into the Greek yoghurt to create a thick and sticky substance, apply generously to face and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Some of the best ingredients you can put into homemade face masks are honey and yoghurt. Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can tackle even the toughest of breakouts, Honey is an essential ingredient in any DIY facemask.
But to get that extra glow you can incorporate ingredients like avocado and coconut oil. The natural oils in these ingredients leave a refreshing and natural glow to the skin.
1 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Yoghurt
1 tbsp Avocado
1 tsp Melted Coconut Oil
Melt the coconut oil over a low heat and add to the rest of the ingredients, mixing well. Apply to the face for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a warm flannel.
“Bananas have anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the appearance and redness of acne. It also contains zinc and lectin that fights off acne-causing bacteria. To treat acne, simply muddle up a banana, mix in honey and apply onto your acne-prone areas. Or, stick a banana peel on your acne – it also helps!” Beauty Munsta reports on her blog.
Banana has many amazing benefits for your skin, is called the ‘natural botox’ for many years and proven to have properties that are proven to heal acne and redness on the skin.
1 tbsp Honey
Don’t worry if there are lumps, that is all part of the fun. Apply generously to the face and leave to work its magic for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Kara also recommends adding half an avocado to this recipe for the extra vitamins and minerals: “What's great about this mask is that not only is your skin being infused with loads of minerals and vitamins but it also has anti-inflammatory properties (thanks to the honey). It's perfect for protecting your skin against the damaging effects of dry weather.”
“Powdered activated charcoal is slightly gritty so it makes a really nice exfoliant! Exfoliation plays a crucial part of a healthy skin regimen because it helps get rid of the dull dead layers of skin so that new and healthier skin underneath can shine its brightest.” Reports Flynn and King.
If you’re looking for a face mask that really draws all the bad stuff from your skin, exfoliates and rids impurities, then this activated charcoal mask is a clear winner.
1 tsp Activated Charcoal
½ tsp Bentonite Clay
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Water
Mix all the ingredients together, stirring gently as the mixture can get very sticky. Apply a thin layer to the skin and leave for 15 minutes or until stiff and firm. Rinse with a warm flannel and dry.
Elle has recently reported how egg whites and lemon juice can have amazing effects on the skin: “Both egg white and lemon juice have clever astringent properties which will tighten the skin and make enlarged pores much less obvious. It's the perfect pre-foundation ritual - just be careful not to get any in your mouth!”
1 Egg White
1 tbsp Honey
½ tsp Lemon Juice
½ tsp Rose Water
Mix all the ingredients into a bowl until they form a fluffy egg white consistency. Apply the sticky mixture to your face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well and moisturise.
Cucumber has been used as a cooling product for years, containing a lot of water it will hydrate the skin whilst also offering it a well-needed supply of vitamin C. Mix it with avocado and you will have a mixture that is a decongesting, pore blaster. This is the perfect summer face mask for those hot, sunny days.
¼ Cucumber blended
Blend the cucumber into a green paste, add the avocado and keep blending until you come to a smooth paste. Apply to the face generously and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse well and dry.
Root ginger is a healer and is well known for its antioxidant properties as well as being known for reducing the appearance of scarring. This mask combines root and powdered ginger for a rejuvenating skin boost.
1 tbsp Honey
1 tsp Root Ginger
1 tsp Powdered Ginger
1 tsp Rose Water
Crush the root ginger into small pieces or a rough paste, add the rest of the ingredients and apply to the face, focusing on areas of dark circles and scarring. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes and wipe away.
For a floral twist, that offers a calming and hydrating nights sleep, try our Overnight Face Mask. Full of natural, floral scents, essential oils and Vitamin E, this mask is vegan-friendly and paraben free. The perfect option for an overnight boost of skin goodness.
1 bottle Champneys Overnight Face Mask
Champneys Eye Gel
Apply the overnight face mask generously to the face and neck area, leave for 20 minutes or overnight for an intense hit of hydration. Remove in the morning with a warm flannel and pat dry. Follow up with the Champneys Eye Gel for a full face pamper.
Nourish your skin from the outside, as well as the inside, and give an exhausted complexion a jump start back to vitality.
For the ultimate skin detox, there really is nothing more nourishing than the Elemis Superfood Facial that we offer here at Champneys. Rich in minerals, vitamins and superfoods you’ll leave feeling nourished and de-stressed.
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