Homemade face packs can be just the thing for brightening up dull skin in winter. Spending our time in centrally-heated rooms can leave our skin looking dull and dry, so we need something that will moisturise and brighten it up. Why buy an expensive face pack when you can use ingredients you may already have in your kitchen? It's cheaper and more fun to make your own, so try these homemade face packs for a winter boost …
Finely ground oatmeal
The first of the homemade face packs I've picked out for you to try consists of just three ingredients that you'll probably already have, so it's ideal to make whenever you fancy giving your skin a treat. Just mix equal quantities of yoghurt and oatmeal, and add a tiny amount of honey. Leave for 15 minutes, then wash off and splash your face with cold water.
1 tbsp gram flour
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp turmeric
Simply mix all the ingredients together into a paste and apply. Leave until dry then wash off. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and can help with acne (this is much less harsh than using commercial treatments). You can also try this mask to deal with lines and other signs of aging, or if you suffer from dark circles. I'm plagued by dark circles, so I'm going to give it a go!
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tbsp runny honey (heat it a few seconds in the microwave to make it runny)
1 teaspoon almond or coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp dry oatmeal
Avocados have a high oil content, so you can see why they're great for making a hair or face mask. If you've got one half left over in the fridge, use it for this mask. Mash the avocado, then add the remaining ingredients and mix. Leave for 15 minutes (you can eat the other half while the mask works its magic and feed your insides!), then wash off with warm water.
1 ripe banana
1 vitamin E capsule
1 tbsp honey
This is a good way of using up an over-ripe banana. Mash it up, then prick the vitamin E capsule to remove the oil. Add it to the banana together with the honey. Apply to your skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Vitamin E can cause spots and allergies, so avoid this mask if you tend to get spots.
1/2 fresh papaya, peeled and seeded
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Fruit isn't cheap, admittedly, but this mask has lots of enzymes to get to work on brightening up your winter skin. Mash, blend or juice the papaya and pineapple. Strain the pulp and apply the juice to your face. You can also use it on your chest, neck and hands. Leave for 15 mins, rinse and moisturise.
1 tbsp camomile tea (cooled)
1 tsp cornmeal
1 tsp milk powder
This mask/scrub is recommended for sensitive skin. Mix the ingredients together and apply. Leave for 5 or 10 minutes (enjoy another cup of camomile tea while you're waiting!), then rinse.
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp plain yoghurt
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp honey
Finally, firmly in the good-enough-to-eat category we have this mask. Organic products recommended in the recipe, but use others if that's what you have. Mix everything except the cocoa powder, then add the cocoa slowly, stirring as you mix it in. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
So try one of these easy face packs and give your skin a treat. Once you've tried making your own, you'll never buy a face pack again! How do you like to pamper yourself in winter?
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