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We Investigate: Are Homemade Masks Effective Or Just A Waste of Time?

Affordable, fully customizable and natural. Sounds right up your alley? We're here to help a sister out. Here are our recipes for glowing skin.
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The struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect face mask for yourself. The skin is just incredibly unpredictable.

One day you face the problem of enlarged pores, the next, you face that godforsaken zit the size of a crater. Not that that dulls our pursuit for perfect, glowy glass skin however, it merely intensifies it which means having to experiment with a multitude of products. Be it catered for any specific purpose, this leads to the culmination of products that will probably end up half-used or expired. Not to mention everything adds up to a pretty hefty amount of money. Perhaps this was what prompted you to make a switch. Or that recent splurge that has made you consider a cheaper alternative.

So, here’s a proposition: homemade masks. As in bowl, spoon, kitchen ingredients, the works.

Homemade masks are not only a cheaper alternative, they work really well, if not better, on your skin. It really is not just a gimmick or just something that happens in movies (or in that one episode of Queer Eye). Just as long as don’t mind the kitchen mess, that is.

With homemade masks, you are 100 percent in control of what goes onto your skin and can be assured that ingredients are natural, fresh and chock full of vitamins straight into your skin. Take it from skincare gurus like Miranda Kerr who has her own line of skincare, where some of her favourite beauty routines involve making her own masks. The best part? They are fully customisable – catering to your changing skin conditions has never been easier.

With that said, there are some precautions, of course. Always do a patch test before you use it on your entire face. You don’t want to find out a hidden allergy the hard way. Also, do not keep your mask mixtures for longer than you have to. I repeat: do not. Even if it doesn’t smell funky. The same way you probably wouldn’t eat something that has been left out for more than a day, it’s probably not a good idea to put bacteria-laden mixture on your face. If you’re careful, homemade masks will not be a problem. Jump right into our recipes for you!

 

PICK YOUR SKIN NIGHTMARE:

 Scene I– The Crater

You have that important glamorous evening event you need to go to, or an event with an ex you need to impress, but of all days,  zit has to pop up to-freaking-day.  You reach out for your beauty cabinets to realise that your masks have run out. Yep, the one you promised yourself you would get at the beauty store but never got around to doing it. Nonetheless, a plethora of ingredients awaits your usage:

– 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey

– 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

– 1/2 teaspoon dead sea salt

– Massage into face and leave on for 15 minutes

– Wash off with warm water and splash with cold to close up your pores

 

Scene II– Blotchy Skin

Your nightmare repeats. Your skin is blotchy and dry from sleepless nights trying to rush that latest work deal.

Mash a ripe avocado

– Add a mixture of 2 tablespoons hot water and 1 tablespoon honey

– Massage into face and leave on for 15 minutes

– Wash off with warm water and then splash with cold to close up your pores

 

Scene III– No Dull Tears Left To Cry

Your skin is dull and sallow, making you look like you aged overnight.

Two tablespoons yoghurt

– One tablespoon oatmeal

– One tablespoon turmeric powder

– Massage onto face and leave it for half an hour

– Wash off with warm water and then splash with cold to close up your pores

 

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