Don’t get me wrong, taking a trip to the salon and getting a fancy spa facial is absolutely dreamy when you’re half falling asleep to the sound of whale noises. However, when you’re living the student life, this is pretty much a no go in terms of budgeting. So, after a lot of researching into individual ingredients, I’ve tried and tested a great all-rounder natural face mask. I would describe my skin as a combination of dry and oily (particularly around the t – zone), and I find these ingredients genuinely left my skin feeling like it had achieved nourishing and toned results.
However, before you go face first into a bowl of avocado – test it on a small part of your face to make sure you don’t have any nasty reactions. I’ve also included some extra ingredients if you want to try mix it up based on your skin type, or desired effect.
Ingredients and benefits:
1 ripe avocado – Contains vitamins A and E which are both high in anti-oxidant properties and retinol (an ingredient commonly found in most anti-ageing creams). Plus, the natural healthy fats in avocados leave your skin feeling hydrated and not oily.
1 tablespoon of honey – Honey is known for its antibacterial properties, so it’s the perfect ingredient to gently prevent and fight off acne.
½ lemon – Lemon provides the toning element to this facemask as it removes excess oils and brightens the skin (I’d advise using less if you have dry skin)
2 centimeters of fresh ginger – Ginger is a warming ingredient that stimulates circulation.
First up you need to de-stone and mash up an avocado. This is an ideal way to get rid of those overly ripe avocados you’ve got lying around (and eventually end up throwing away because they’re not quite ‘Instagram worthy’ anymore for your poached egg breakfasts). Once this has formed a pulpy paste, add the honey and continue to mix. If the mix is still quite pulpy and you’re struggling to form a paste, add a tiny bit of hot water which will help the honey to dissolve (or alternatively add natural yogurt – see below for benefits). Lastly, add the fresh lemon juice and the finely grated ginger (be sure to peel the outside of the ginger before grating).
Once you’ve sufficiently tested this on your skin, apply liberally to the face avoiding the eye and mouth area. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water. The mixture makes quite a lot, so be sure to cling film and leave in the fridge after use.
Tip: If you get sunburnt this summer, this would be heavenly to put on your face after!
Banana: Contains vitamins A, B, E and Potassium which moisturises and brightens the skin. You could use this as an alternative base for the face mask.
Oatmeal: Great for acne prone skin and sensitive skin due to its soothing properties, as well as helping reduce redness from acne.
Natural yogurt: The natural lactic acid found in yogurt helps reduce dead skin cells and tighten pores.
Coffee grounds: The caffeine in coffee grounds not only makes a great exfoliator, but also boosts circulation. Try this as a base for a morning face mask to help reduce puffiness.