These easy DIY fruit masks will help you look and feel better
Hair, nail, and beauty treatments have been out of reach during the past few months of the coronavirus lockdown. In the meantime, your skin could certainly use some help to combat all the problems caused by maskne (the new acne resulting from wearing masks) and stress, or a new boost to restore that hydrating and youthful complexion. Whether you would like to revive your skin’s natural glow or help with your acne, try the following homemade recipes; the ingredients can easily be found at the local grocer or in your refrigerator or pantry.
Dry Skin – Avocado Mask
Dry skin is thirsty for moisture and needs ingredients that can curtail the skin’s loss of water as it seals in a protective moisture barrier, thereby preventing the skin from appearing dry, dull, or dehydrated. Avocado, a superstar fruit, contains the best natural oils to hydrate, nourish, and soften your complexion, making it feel baby soft.
Mash half an avocado, half a banana, 1tbsp. sunflower oil, and a dash of pomegranate juice into a thick, smooth paste. Next, apply a thick, even layer onto your face for 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm (never hot) water. Lean your head back, relax and, close your eyes, so that your avocado mask stays put and doesn’t run all over the floor.
Oily Skin – Strawberry Mask
When your oil glands are actively producing oil, which then mixes with bacteria and dead skin cells, acne or maskne can easily appear. Strawberries, which are not only delicious, can come to the rescue, because they can be used as natural astringents. Their juice contains natural exfoliating acids that help remove dead skin cells. Like most astringents and fruit juices, strawberries are best for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin. They are also a natural source of salicylic acid, which can be found in most over-the-counter acne medications. This recipe is therefore a good choice for those with acne-prone skin. The following recipe is good for two people, or you can cut the recipe in half. It will stay fresh between 24-48 hours in the fridge.
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 2 egg whites
- 3 tsp. honey
- 1 cup strawberries (without stems)
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
It’s best to place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until it becomes a smooth consistency. If you mash by hand, use a fork to crush the strawberries. Next add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together until there are no clumps. Smooth the mixture all over your face in a circular motion, which allows the sugar to exfoliate the skin. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse off.
A little pampering can go a long way. These inexpensive and easy DIY treatments made of easily available ingredients can help you look and feel better instantly.
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Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, and all of your beauty needs. She can be reached at 718 263-5517.