Every monsoon we all have the same skin story—our skin begins to react to humidity and dampness, which results in dullness.
This year however you can start the monsoon on a different note. Allow no more the skin dullness to wither away your shine and bring in the monsoon on a shinier note. Here are a few homemade face masks to help you…
1. Banana lemon and honey mask
The banana fruit pack is the best homemade face mask for oily skin. It helps exfoliate your skin, unclogs pores and gets rid of the dead skin and leaves your skin supple and shiny. The soluble fibers, calcium, potassium and magnesium content in bananas not only work on blood pressure and digestion but also work wonders on oily skin.
How to make this: To mashed bananas, add a tablespoon of honey and lemon juice and apply on face and neck area. Allow it to dry and wash off with warm water for best results.
2. Green Tea Mask
Rich in antioxidants, green tea is beneficial both externally and internally. When consumed with warm water and when applied on as a mask either way green tea is great for oily skin tone.
How to make this: Grind 2 tablespoons of green tea into fine powder add whipped yogurt, a drop of essential oil and massage the pack on face and neck for a minute and wash off with warm water.
3. Besan and turmeric mask
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and healing properties while besan (gram flour) is alkalizing in nature and attracts the toxins that are lodged deep into the skin pores. Together their anti-microbial properties prove beneficial to our skin.
How to make this: To make this pack, mix in one tablespoon of gram flour with a teaspoon of turmeric, squeeze in lemon drops and some rose water. Apply the pack on your face, let it dry and wash off with water for natural glowing skin.
4. Papaya and oatmeal scrub
Again, rich in antioxidants papayas are a good source of vitamin A and papain which makes it work well for the skin. Also raw papaya paste is great to fight blemishes and pimples.
How to make this: Mash a slice of papaya and add a teaspoon of brown sugar and oatmeal. Apply and massage your face with it in circular motion for a cleansed, shiny skin.
5. Oatmeal and egg mask
Oats are rich in fiber and are known to heal and rejuvenate skin ailments like acne and blemishes.
How to make this: Mix in three tablespoons of oatmeal, a tablespoon of honey and curd each and make a paste. Apply on a cleansed face, let it dry and wash off.
6. Sandalwood face pack
Sandalwood is one of the most ancient and trusted healing agents for the skin. It is known to work wonders on acne, blackheads and skin eruptions but works best on dry skin.
How to make this: Mix in a tablespoon of sandalwood powder and half a spoon of turmeric powder with rose water and let it sit on your skin for 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water for radiant skin.
7. Almond oil and aloe vera mask
While almond oil is packed with the goodness of Vitamin E, aloe vera is skin’s best friend! When these two powerful ingredients are combined, it works well on dry and flaky skin. This mask is also very moisturizing, so pamper your dry skin with it!
How to make this: In a bowl, mash a banana, add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, and stir well. Add in 3 teaspoons of almond oil and mix thoroughly. Apply on clean face and let it rest for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water.
8. Chocolate face mask
We know you all love eating chocolate, but have you tried applying it on your face? Since dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, it protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It also moisturizes the skin and makes it soft and radiant.
How to make this: In a bowl, mix half a cup of cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of oats, 4 tablespoons of cream and 1/4th cup of honey. Apply a layer on the face and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing off with cold water.
9. Rose water and sandalwood mask
Sandalwood has been traditionally used for skincare since it has cooling properties. Rose water and sandalwood both give a glow to the skin, so this is a wonderful face mask to use if your skin feels dull.
How to make this: Take two tablespoon of sandalwood powder and add a few drops of rose water to prepare a paste. Adjust its quantity until you achieve a smooth consistency. Apply on the face and wash off with cold water. Say goodbye to dull skin!
10. Papaya and honey mask
The humble papaya is very beneficial for the skin, what with its high Vitamin A and Vitamin C content! When combined with the natural humectant honey, this mask can help fade dark spots, blemishes and get rid of skin impurities.
How to make this: Mash 8-10 cubes of raw papaya and to it; add a teaspoon of milk and one tablespoon of honey. Mix all the ingredients well until they form a smooth paste. Apply on face and neck and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
11. Mint and multani mitti mask
Made of cooling ingredients, this mask not only gives glowing skin but also reduces dark spots and blemishes.
How to make this: Mix a teaspoon of multani mitti powder with ½ a teaspoon honey and some curd. Add some crushed mint leaves and mix well. Apply the mask on your face and let it stay for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water.
FAQs about face mask
Q. Are face masks bad for sensitive skin?
A. No, if you have sensitive skin, you can use face masks. However, be careful of the ingredients you use. Use hydrating and repairing ingredients, such as aloe vera, honey, yogurt, oatmeal, cucumber, etc.
Q. Is coffee powder good for the face?
A. Yes, when used on the skin, coffee powder has many benefits! It is an excellent exfoliator and thus removes impurities from the skin, making it smooth and brighter. It also works like a charm for acne-prone skin.
Q. What food whitens skin?
A. Foods with high content of Vitamin C enhance and brighten the complexion, so include oranges, broccoli, red and yellow peppers and strawberries in your everyday diet. Apart from this, papaya can also brighten the skin thanks to a special enzyme it possesses, known as papain, which gives a detanning effect. High in antioxidants, mushrooms also lighten the skin tone.