DIY face mask ingredients

5 DIY Face Masks for Moisturising

Apply the natural face masks below for around 30 minutes, rinse off with water, and towel dry skin for a plump and glowing complexion.

Aloe vera and cucumber mask

Aloe vera’s long been used as a balm for soothing sunburnt skin, thanks to its hydrating, healing and anti-ageing properties. Little wonder that it’s perfect for a moisturising mask. Blend ½ a cucumber, which will cleanse and cool, with 2 tbsp of aloe vera.

Shea butter and coconut oil mask

Shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E and F, which can help to protect skin from UV rays and can penetrate deeply into the skin. Traditionally, it has been used in Africa for its anti-inflammatory properties. As well as being a fantastic hydrator, coconut oil evens out skin tone, and helps restore skin’s elasticity . Simply mix equal amounts together.

Brewer’s yeast and almond milk

Not just for sprinkling on salads, brewer’s yeast is a great source of vitamins and minerals that can help your skin stay wrinkle-free and well-hydrated. Mix 1 tbsp of brewer’s yeast with an equal amount of honey and ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk (rich in vitamin E), riboflavin, which helps the skin use oxygen, and niacin which traps moisture.

Lemon, avocado and banana mask

If you can stop yourself munching the ingredients, you can create a homemade face mask that exfoliates and moisturises by mashing the juice from 1 lemon with half an avocado, 1 banana and ¼ cup of olive oil. The lemon is rich in vitamin C and citric acid, which may help brighten skin. While the avocado brings omega fatty acids to the party, along with vitamin A-packed bananas (great for promoting cell renewal). Olive oil binds it all together with anti-oxidants and hydrating squalene.

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Honey and Epsom salt mask

Honey’s antibacterial qualities make it great for helping treat acne and, as it’s packed with antioxidants, it could help slow down the ageing process, too. Mix moisturising honey with equal amounts of detoxifying Epsom salts (thought to help fight free radicals and inflammation) into a paste for a soothing, glow-giving mask. Simples!

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