Our face is the most exposed part of our body to different kinds of elements: dust, sunlight, sweat, and other things that can affect the skin. Being exposed to pollution and extreme heat can irritate the skin and can cause dryness, itchiness, among others. This is why it’s important to develop healthy habits and routines that include taking care of our skin and face. This can sometimes mean lifestyle changes like changing your sleep schedule, drinking more water daily, or finally quitting smoking.
Sometimes, even when we have committed to these lifestyle choices, our skin still needs an extra boost. One of the ways to keep your skin healthy is through facial masks. Some products have a lot of chemicals that your skin might react to. To make sure that the masks you use are safe, sometimes it’s better to make your own. Here are some easy and simple masks you can do from home!
1. Avocado Mask
Avocado is known to have good fat and is rich in vitamin C and vitamin E. This means avocados have strong antioxidant properties that reduce the damage the skin receives from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. To make your mask, mash or blend your avocado and add a little bit of honey and some lemon juice. Once smooth, transfer to a small bowl and apply to your face using your fingers or a makeup brush. There are different variations of avocado masks and you can check them out through this video!
2. Banana Face Mask
The next is still a fruit – the banana! Bananas are usually a Filipino staple and a type of fruit that is accessible all year round, unlike the avocado. Bananas are rich in vitamin A and help exfoliate and hydrate the skin. You can add coconut oil to the mashed bananas for its moisturizing properties.
3. Oatmeal Mask
Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components that can really help with dry or irritated skin. It can also absorb oils and can help with acne better than the first two options. Oatmeal masks are usually very safe even with delicate or sensitive skin. You can mix honey to cooked oatmeal or baking soda and water to ground oatmeal to make your oatmeal paste. Gently apply to your face and leave for a few minutes.