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28 May 2020 | 6 min read

Glow Up: 6 Homemade Face Masks for Healthy, Glowing Skin – Live More Zone

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While you can always buy the luscious face masks from well-known brands, there’s something quite comforting & satisfying about resorting to home remedies without having to loosen the purse strings. The thing with face masks is, once you try your hands in making a few different variants, it is not so tough to figure out which ingredients work for you. After this, you can always experiment with different combinations using whatever you have available on your kitchen shelves.  But before that, make sure you read through the below list of precautions so that you can avoid any unwanted consequences. 

General Precautions Before Applying A Face Mask

  1. Always clean your face properly before applying any face mask – Dirt or grease on our face can play spoilsport, which is why it is essential to remove them. Plus, all the right ingredients of your face mask will not get absorbed into your skin if dirt is present.
  2. Don’t leave the mask for a very long time – A face mask generally takes 15-20 minutes to work on your skin effectively. If you go it beyond that, it will dry and reduce the moisture of your skin.
  3. Don’t wash your face after using the mask – After you have removed the mask from your face, make sure you rub all the remaining ingredients into your face for better results.
  4. Be careful in choosing your ingredients – The face mask must contain ingredients that does not aggravate or create any skin issues. So make sure you refrain from using ingredients that does not suit your skin type or can cause allergic reactions.
  5. Less is more – As with other skincare products, face masks are most effective when used in moderation. A super-thick layer won’t result in more effective masking – ideally, you should apply only one even layer to your clean, dry skin for good results.
  6. I have curated six face masks that use a variety of ingredients that are usually in every person’s kitchen counters and refrigerators. Soft & supple skin, here we come!

Grape Glow

Grape face mask

 Ingredients

  • 4-5 grapes (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp yoghurt
  • 1 tsp castor/brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey   

Put all the ingredients together in a small bowl and smush it around with a fork till you get a smooth mix and apply it on your face, letting it stay on for about 10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. Dr Kiran Lohia, one of the leading dermatologists in Delhi (of Isya Aesthetics) recommends using this face mask 1-2 times a week to get glowing skin.

The yoghurt contains natural lactic acids and calming probiotics; grapes contain natural AHAs which help improve skin turnover and boosts collagen production; sugars contain glycolic acid – another AHA, and honey has antiseptic and hydration properties. Brilliant what a few common kitchen ingredients can do, right?

Banana Face Mask

Moisturizing face smoothie

 Ingredients

  • 1-inch ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp cacao powder 

This concoction is a recommendation of Vasudha Rai, a holistic beauty expert, who whips this up when her skin needs some luxurious hydration. You simply break down the banana in a bowl with a fork till it turns into a smooth paste before adding the rest of the ingredients.

If you don’t have cacao powder, you can either use cocoa powder instead or even skip it altogether – but if you’re looking for a hit of luxury, I recommend this!

 This mask is super moisturising and can be left on the skin for long periods, so feel free to use this every day with your own variations. On hot, humid days you may not even need a moisturiser after washing it off!

Honey Face Mask

Honey milk face mask

Ingredients

  • 1/2 spoon honey 
  • 1 tsp raw milk
  • A pinch of saffron

Another favourite of Vasudha Rai, this honey-milk mask is a serious glow-giving mask. Drop a strand or two of saffron into raw milk and stir until the saffron releases colour into the milk. Saffron helps brighten the complexion, but if you don’t have any, then you can use some wild turmeric as well.

The milk contains natural lactic acids which help with new skin turnover. Mix the honey into the milk mix and apply the mixture on your face with your fingertips or a face brush and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. 

Moringa Mask + Polish

Moringa mask and polish

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup organic moringa powder
  • 2-3 drops of frankincense & neroli oil 

This DIY mask + polish duo is a creation of Paayal Mahajan, the owner of homegrown luxury skincare brand Essential Body Couture (also the creator of the #faceworkoutparty). Mix the honey and moringa powder to make a thick paste that can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. The essential oils are optional but will take the experience to a different level. 

The honey hydrates & calms the skin; its antibacterial properties & enzymatic action help with breakouts too. The moringa, on the other hand, provides tons of antioxidants that brightens the skin. Take a tablespoon full of the mask and loosen it with a bit of water before smearing it over your face. Let it do its magic for 15-30 minutes and massage your face lightly with some water for some light exfoliation before rinsing it off.

Rice Mask 

Rice face mask

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 green tea bag

Steep the tea bag in boiled water for a couple of minutes, then remove the teabag and reserve a few teaspoons of the green tea for the mask and allow it to cool for some time (you can enjoy that green tea in the meantime!). After this, when the tea reaches room temperature, mix it with the rice flour to make a smooth runny paste and apply it evenly over the face & neck and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, not allowing it dry up too much, before rinsing off. 

Rice has been a staple in not just the diet but skin and hair-care of Asian women since ages. The rice & green tea is an excellent combination for providing hydration to the skin and clarifying the skin, leading to even-toned, supple skin. And honestly, no matter how many face masks I try, nothing beats the sweet, comforting fragrance of face masks made with rice.

Overnight Turmeric Mask

Turmeric face mask

Ingredients 

  •  4 tbsp aloe gel
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • 1/4 tsp wild turmeric (Kasturi manjal)
  • 1-2 drops essential oil

If you’ve never tried an overnight face mask, I would say jump right on board because they are truly amazing. While generally face masks are supposed to be left on the skin for 10-30 minutes, overnight face masks work their magic throughout the night as you get your beauty sleep.

Mix all the ingredients and keep it stored in a glass container in the refrigerator. The aloe vera in the mask calms and hydrates the skin while jojoba oil helps regulate the natural oils of the skin. The wild card here is the wild turmeric (or Kasturi manjal) which is a potent little healer that brightens the complexion and helps in scar reduction. Apply a thin layer of this mask on your face about 30 minutes before sleeping to ensure it doesn’t stain your pillow and wake up with brighter, clearer skin. 

Tip – Don’t want to go through all the effort of making face-masks? Well fret not, becuase Purplle has you sorted with an amazing collection of skincare, that suits almost all types of skins and budgets. Find out more here.

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