Fed up of wasting your money on fancy facials that have zero impact? We all know that even branded face packs always have hidden chemicals that we don’t wanna apply too often. So what’s a girl supposed to do to shed dullness and look fresh and fabulous?
Relax! We’re here to tell you that you can have it all. Just choose from these awesome homemade, natural face packs that will sort out that dull skin and get it party-ready in minutes!
This is the simplest DIY facemask for glowing skin. We all know that fruits are all good and no bad - loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that work for almost all skin types. The key is to choose the best fruits for the skin and then sit back to let them to do all the work.
HOW - Mix equal amounts of ripe papaya, mangoes and yogurt and apply the mixture evenly on your face. Watch one re-run of your fave show (25-30 mins) and then wash it off with water. Could it be any easier?
WHY - The enzymes in papaya, mainly papain, treat dark spots and blemishes; the vitamin C in mangoes reduces dullness by increasing cell regeneration; and yogurt is a natural moisturizer and gentle bleach that helps with that overall glow and to add a supple feel to your skin.
The age old ‘multani mitti’ mask
If there’s one age-old remedy that stays our go-to natural skin pack it’s got to be ‘multani mitti’ or Fuller’s Earth. Tried and test over centuries, don’t even think about second-guessing if you want that everyday healthy glow without stripping any natural oils.
HOW – The abso best recipe is to mix 2 tablespoons of multani mitti with 1 tablespoon of honey and a little rose water. Let it form a thick paste and then apply on your face for 20 minutes.
WHY – Multani Mitti is a natural, potent clay that has a great composition of minerals. In fact, both multani mitti and honey individually are amazing ingredients for our skin - together they’re like a dynamite combination for fab skin! Prepare to be stunned. They will cleanse skin, treat any acne or pimples, tackle any dryness, reduce scars, and add a glow too!
Aloe vera mask
Who ever says No to aloe?! It’s like the do-it-all, know-it-all of ingredients, right? Well when it comes to your skin, aloe vera really is the mother of all natural ingredients out there. This is the real deal to pamper your skin, if you get the formulation right. Warning: You will get hooked!
HOW - Scoop the gel out of one aloe leaf and empty it into a bowl. Add half a spoon of haldi (turmeric) and drizzle some honey over it. Mix well and apply to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Then rinse off with lukewarm water. Apply once at night and once in the morning if you really want that aloe-glow!
WHY - Aloe vera gel is loaded with minerals, vitamins and active compounds that keep skin hydrated and nourished, giving you that super fresh look even if you feel dull and tired. This is undoubtedly the superhero of natural ingredients for good reason.
Olive oil mask
This one’s a no brainer if you’ve been battling and picking at those blackheads and just cant seem to make them disappear. Ofcourse, the purer and more virgin the olive oil is, the better your results will be.
HOW - Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a bowl. Squeeze half a lemon and stir in the juice using your finger. Apply it to your face as if you’re giving your skin a good massage. After 25 minutes, wipe it off with a warm, damp cloth. (Do every alternate day for a month if you really want to see a difference)
WHY – Natural olive oil contains vitamin D, C, E and certain antioxidants that work on damaged skin cells and repair them to heal skin and give you that flawless complexion.
Avocado and banana mask
Even a dull day can be spruced up with avocados, let alone dull skin! If you’re feeling ok to splurge on ingredients, this one’s a winner. And just to add to the awesomeness, we’re going to throw in some bananas. Never been a more nourishing face pack. (Or snack if you chop up the remaining avocadoes and give yourself some delish soul food.)
HOW – Take a bowl and add one cup of avocado pulp. (Mash it incase it’s a little hard when you cut). Peel a banana and mash it separately using the back of a spoon. Toss in the banana to the pulp along with a cup of water. Apply evenly to your face for just 5 minutes and wash it off with warm water after. Voila!
WHY – Super-ingredient avocados are rich in antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that give skin that gorgeous, head-turning glow. Bananas which are packed with potassium and vitamins nourish the skin making it healthy inside and out.
(We know you’re cringing at how expensive those avocadoes are, especially when you’re throwing them away after, but guess what – even twice a month is plenty for this pack, so maybe it’s worth it… for your skin to feel like a million bucks!)
Orange and milk mask
If you want radiant and soft skin, orange juice and milk powder are unstoppable! Skin and citrus have always been besties but this match just sets things on fire! Take the citrus experience to a whole new level with this homemade recipe and ditch the dull skin for life.
HOW – Pour a cup of fresh OJ into a bowl. Add a tablespoon of milk powder and gram flour and blend well. Apply the mask to your face till it thickens and hardens. Then wipe off with a chilled soaked towel. (Give this face pack a shot once a week for that burst of freshness)
WHY – Who knew that milk powder would be such a rich source of vitamin A, C and B6, calcium, lactic acid and potassium? orange juice is no less; it nourishes your pores with vitamin C which brightens even the dullest and most tired skin.
So next time you have a spare afternoon or wake up debating whether to gymn or laze… just reach for those magic ingredients and spin a homemade concoction that’ll make you feel like a whole new person!