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By Harper Finch
Facial masks are great for cleansing and rejuvenating your skin, but they can get expensive when you like to use two or three different products. You shouldn’t have to pay for expensive store-bought masks and scrubs when you can use simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen to make your own. Not to mention, the masks that you make at home are chemical-free and natural.
Here are two of my favorite DIY face masks, and one great scrub that will get your skin glowing and beautiful–just in time for spring.
#1) Green Clay Mask for Detoxification
Green clay, also known as “betonite” is the best clay to use for face masks due to its detoxifying qualities. It is an all-natural organic material made up of essential minerals and decomposed kelp and seaweed. It absorbs impurities and toxins from your skin as it dries.
You’re going to have to make a special trip to the health food store for the green clay, which makes this face mask a little less than convenient, but once you have it, you’ll be able to make this mask over and over so it will be worth the trip. You can also order it online, if you are patient enough to wait for it to arrive (I’m not).
All you have to do is mix 1 tablespoon of green clay with a few drops of water to make a paste that is easily spreadable, but not too runny. Apply it to your skin with a soft brush and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes then rinse it off with warm water.
If you can find apricot kernel oil at the health food store, you can add a small drop to your mask. It will help moisturize and nourish your skin while the clay does its work.
#2) Peach Facial Scrub to Exfoliate
This peach face scrub recipe is perfect for spring and summer. Peaches contain alpha hydroxy acid, which helps get rid of dead skin cells and stimulate cell regeneration, and the antioxidants Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
To make this scrub, start with a whole peach. Peel it, remove the pit, and puree it in a blender. Put the peach puree in a bowl and add 1/2 tablespoon of coconut, almond, or olive oil. Then add 1/2 tablespoon raw, organic honey and 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar, depending on your preference. Mix it all together with a fork and you’re ready to go.
Use the scrub to gently exfoliate your face and neck for three to five minutes and then rinse it off and pat your face dry.
If you refrigerate this scrub, you can keep it for about a week. However, you should not scrub your face more than one or two times a week. Instead, use the left-over scrub on your décolletage and upper back so you’ll be ready for a strappy spring top.
#3) Moisturizing Avocado Mask
Avocado is great for hydrating your skin and is also gentle for women with sensitive skin. It is perfect for dry, sun-exposed skin because avocados naturally contain a deep-penetrating vegetable oil that is perfect for dry skin.
This is a simple mask that you can make from items that you probably already have on hand. You will need 1/2 ripe avocado, 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of honey. All you have to do is mix them all together in a bowl, gently apply it to your face in a circular motion, avoiding your eyes and lips, then relax for 20 minutes while it does it’s work. When you’re done, you rinse with warm water and then splash your face with cool water to close your pores.