When it comes to health and beauty, face masks have taken at-home luxury to another level. We’re talking 24 karat gold and snail collagen fancy. Let’s not forget, before Tony Moly and Dermstore, we were all capable of making our own clarifying masks with ingredients found in our pantries. And as it turns out, the sheet mask trend isn’t super great for mother earth.
Not only are DIY food masks a great way to save the sea turtles and reduce food waste, they are easy and fun to make. Mixing ingredients for beauty allows for the perfect opportunity to play with your food, and nothing provides the skin with the properties of an avocado better than an actual avocado.
Check out these food based masks for every skin type!
Banana Face Mask
Some people make banana bread with their rotting bananas, but we suggest this banana based face mask. Bananas are full of vitamin A, which keeps skin moist and helps to tone skin. After mashing the ingredients together, leave on for about 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Because of the honey, you’ll want to wash with a cleanser afterwards. Post mask, use the leftover peels to reduce any puffiness under eyes.
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If you're just not into DIY, or fresh out of bananas.
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Coffee Face Mask
We use coffee daily to wake up our bodies, but many beauticians claim caffeine also has the necessary properties to “wake up” our skin. What do we mean by wake up? Well, coffee is a naturally strong antioxidant known for preventing signs of aging and protecting from harmful free radicals (aka, skin damage or even cancer). In addition, caffeine has a temporary effect of “plumping” skin and reducing dark circles. Mix all of the ingredients in this Coffee Ground Mask from Death Wish Coffee Company and leave on until it dries for an antioxidant-rich skin booster. Wash off with a warm wash cloth.
Cayenne Pepper Lip Mask
Founder of food based hair care line Sauce, Andy Rah is a huge proponent of food’s natural beauty properties and advises, “Because the scalp is part of the skin, many of our products include ingredients that are good for scalp and skin, such as avocado and cayenne pepper. It might surprise you to learn that cayenne pepper is considered to improve blood circulation…”
You can find cayenne face mask recipes to improve blood circulation and help reduce acne scars, but some dermatologists warn against slathering the spicy stuff on your skin, as it can cause irritation. Stick to your lips and it’s a safer bet—and the cayenne helps plump them up. Try this Cayenne Lip Mask from Total Beauty to make your lips more luscious.
Turmeric Yogurt Face Mask
Turmeric isn’t a household ingredient in America, but it certainly is in India, and other countries have been using turmeric’s healing properties for centuries, even bathing in it. Known for being an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, turmeric is recommended to reduce acne scarring, as well as for psoriasis.
Traditionally, Indian brides-to-be apply a turmeric paste the day before their wedding as a cleansing ritual, which makes sense because turmeric can be used for numerous other skin ailments including dark circles, breakouts, excess hair growth, dry skin, and stretch marks. This Turmeric Yogurt Face Mask from Alder New York is a take on a traditional Indian wedding turmeric face mask. Mix all ingredients, apply evenly to face, leave for 10 to 15 minutes, and wash off with warm water to watch those dark circles fade.
Kefir Face Mask
Kefir is clearly great as a morning probiotic, but it’s time to start spreading that cool, thin goo on your face. The fermented milk drink is good for us because of its yeast and bacteria fermentations, but isn’t bacteria what we’re supposed to keep away from our pores? In this case, incorrect! The natural probiotic cultures contain “good” bacteria and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which are a prime ingredient for most commercial skincare products.
Most masks aim to target dehydration, but what about oily skin? This Kefir Mask for Oily Skin has you covered, and the egg white in it will also help tighten pores. Combine all ingredients, apply to face and leave for 15 to 20 minutes, then gently rinse. No promises on the smell.
Tomato Juice & Aloe Vera Mask
Tomato is one of the most common ingredients in cuisines around the world, but have you ever thought about swapping out those cucumber slices on your eyes for tomato? Although they’re generally considered acidic, tomatoes are incredibly high in known skin healers vitamin C and potassium. However, they also contain lyocepene, an antioxidant that protects against cell damage. This means tomatoes can be used for a variety of skin problems, but most importantly, they can treat sunburn and sun damage.
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This store-bought version contains tomatoes, aloe, charcoal, and more to help acne-prone skin.
For a cooling acne buster and skin cell protecting mask, try this Tomato Juice and Aloe Vera Mask. Combine the titular ingredients, leave on face for 20 minutes, wash off with warm water, then splash face with cool water to finish and close pores.
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