Last-Minute Gift Idea: Homemade Face Masks
I always love using face masks and other self care products. They’re small, easy pick-me-ups.
Ever since childhood, I have witnessed my mother concocting face masks, hair treatments and scrubs with all-natural ingredients. She always preferred to avoid chemicals, because this is something that’s going on your skin.
You want to know what you’re using and exactly what it’s doing to you. So, it’s great to be able to make your own. They’re really nice to use in the winter when your skin is dry and cracked or you just want to have some R&R.
And, home-made mixes make really great gifts! Your friends and family members will definitely love these cute and useful face mask recipes.
1). Peppermint-Lavender Bliss
Peppermint is a great (and festive) ingredient, as Shadie pointed out in Candy Cane Lane: Peppermint Skincare Products To Try, it removes excess oil from your face, reduces acne and inflammations and helps prevent bacterial infections. Lavender essential oils mitigate anxiety and pain. Jojoba oil also helps oily skin and acne, while moisturizing.
To make this into a face mask, mix one teaspoon of jojoba oil with one drop of peppermint and lavender essential oils. Apply the mask to your face, and leave it on for 15-30 minutes. While you’re waiting, why don’t you add some lavender oil into a nice bath and have a good soak?
2). Turmeric Honey Zen
This is a face mask my mom and I use frequently. The first ingredient is turmeric powder, which is a brightening agent. It clears acne scars and helps hyper pigmentation.
We mix half a spoon or so of that with some honey, which is a natural antibacterial. It helps fight acne and makes your skin soft. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes and wash it off!
Be gentle with your face, because the honey might be sticky, but scrubbing your face too hard will cause your skin to pull. But wash well, because otherwise, turmeric can leave some yellow residue. Also, don’t use it on the day of prom just after getting a French manicure, unless you want yellow nails! But you should see a nice glow-y effect right after.
3). Orange Zest Meets Multani Mitti
One of my favorites that I always see results from uses Multani Mitti clay (or in English, Fuller’s Earth clay). It reduces the visibility of any acne you currently have and also prevents further acne from popping up.
I mix a spoon of this with half a spoon of orange peel powder, which brightens the skin and gives you a radiant look. Add a dash of lemon juice, which lightens acne scars and hyper pigmentation and you’re good to go! 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
4). To The Milky Way
Milk is a really important ingredient in face masks, as it moisturizes, corrects hyper pigmentation, relieves sunburns and other inflammations, and heals the skin overall. Avocados (and if you’re super Californian, I bet you have a ton lying around) have healthy fats and oils which moisturize your skin!
If you mix one tablespoon of milk with a quarter of a ripe avocado, you can make a wonderful face mask that feels really refreshing.
5). Tomato Time
Buttermilk does the opposite of milk: it fixes oily skin, rather than dry skin. Buttermilk is actually a really good exfoliant because of the lactic acid. Tomatoes also control oily skin and they also have the qualities of an astringent.
Mush up a quarter to a half of a tomato and mix it with a tablespoon of buttermilk for a strong face mask.
6). Merry Strawberry Mix
Strawberries are super acidic and they work very well in removing acne scars. I’ve noticed rapid improvements in my skin from using them.
However, they do burn a bit, so to counter this, add aloe to the mix. Aloe vera moisturizes, treats acne and is also just very soothing.
Cut the leaves and edges (so it doesn’t cut your skin), split open the leaves and rub the aloe on your face. Crush 4 or 5 strawberries and add the juice to your face for the mask.
All of the above can be packaged by carefully adding the ingredients into cute glass bottles or containers. Add a little tag explaining what the pampering product is/is for (I mean, you wouldn't want to accidentally give someone an allergic reaction).