By: Rubi Multani
It’s a new year and what better way to start off the year than with healthy skin! We try to maintain healthy lives by working out and eating well; however, we often forget about taking care of our skin. Drinking water will hydrate your skin and going makeup-free will help it to breathe, but sometimes our skin may require some extra love. That’s where face masks come in. They will soon be your best friend.
If you are all about being organic or trying not to break your bank, the following face masks will help you, your wallet and your skin to thrive! Keep in mind there are no exact measurements, just have fun with it and use your best judgment.
Want to energize your skin?
Take some used ground coffee beans, drain them, and mix it up with coconut oil and voila! You have a face mask and scrub in one. Be careful to not get too close to your eyes. Leave it on for at least 15 min. Gently rub off the mixture or use soap and water to wash your face. Your skin will feel exfoliated, soft and ready to take on the day.
Want a natural glow?
Use turmeric powder or pills (you’ll have to mash it up) with coconut oil and mix it until you have a thick paste. Gently rub it all over your face until it is covered. Leave it on for at least 15 min.
Warning: The turmeric will temporarily dye your skin yellow. However, you can wash your face with some soap and water and wipe it off with a cotton ball and the remaining yellowness should come off. Try not to use your white towel and don’t wear a shirt on that you don’t want stained.
Alternative: If turmeric is not up in your alley, use carrots. Mash up the carrots or purchase 100% carrot juice. Carrot juice is great for brightening under the eye. If you are planning on using whole carrots, mash or grind them and mix it with a little honey and place it on your entire face or under eyes. Just make sure the honey and carrots are well blended and it actually sticks to your face. If you want to use carrot juice simply take a cotton ball or cotton pad and dip it in the juice. Place on your face/under eye area for 15 min. Rinse with water and you’re set!
Dry, flaky, gross lips?
Mix sugar with coconut oil. Apply the mixture to your lips and gently rub until the coconut oil dissolves. This will remove all of the flaky dry skin and help your lips look soft and hydrated. It’s also great for removing matte lipstick.
Want to clean your pores and get rid of blackheads?
Take a spoonful of baking soda and add lemon juice to it. The mixture will bubble but after it stops bubbling it will become a paste. If it looks too like it’s too liquidy, add more baking soda. If it looks too dry (a dry mixture won’t stick to your face), add more lemon juice. Leave it on until the mixture is dry, usually 10-15 min. Wash your face with warm water and gently rub the mixture until it’s gone. Your skin will feel smooth, but may also feel dry. Remember to put some lotion on!
Warning: If you have sensitive skin, please test out the mixture on the back of your hand first. If your skin reacts well, go ahead and put it on your nose. Be mindful to the fact lemon is acidic and sometime you may experience a tingling sensation. If you start to feel a burn or high discomfort immediately wash off the mixture.
Whether you need a little alone time or having a sleepover with the girls, these face masks will help bring out your best skin for the new year. While you’re changing your schedule to fit in more workouts or cook more at home, make some time for taking care of your skin as well!