Bride’s Guide: Homemade Face Masks are Better than Pocket-draining Facials
We list down all the yummy smelling and calming homemade face masks that will surely help you, your skin and your wallet. Enter festive season looking flawless and radiant!
If your Big Day is fast approaching, you are definitely overwhelmed, exhausted and going crazy with tonnes of errands at the back of your mind 24/7. As your bridal preps begin to take a toll on you – irrespective of being a lot of fun – make sure to not let that stress show on your face. You will soon be the centre of attention and in the case of desi brides, hundreds of guests will be there, right in front of the stage waiting to check you out from top to toe – how your skin, outfit, makeup and jewellery is looking! While you don’t even know where your money is going during wedding season, it is normal and completely understandable if you cannot head to the salon every other day and pamper yourself with pocket-draining facials and fancy cleansing packages. If you are one of those, then this one is for you. We list down all the yummy smelling and calming homemade face masks that will surely help you, your skin and your wallet!
Egg White, Oatmeal, and Honey Mask
Brace yourselves for that bridal glow! Every girl wants to look picture perfect during her wedding festivities. She wants to look radiating and be the apple of everyone’s eyes. The best mask for oily skin is one that includes well-grounded oats. They help to absorb oil and exfoliate clogged pores while egg whites tighten and tone the skin. Honey has a wide range of antibacterial properties.
Whip together the whites of one egg with one teaspoon of honey and make a frothy mixture. Add ground oats to form a paste. Make sure it is not too thin that it doesn’t sit well or too thick that it’s too hard to get it off. Apply onto your face and massage the paste gently into skin in circular motion. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. We swear by it!
Aloe Vera, Avocado and Honey Mask
Dry, chapped skin
There’s no worse feeling than witnessing those white dry spots appearing on your face. Makeup looks too cakey and you just feel off. This mask contains aloe vera, avocado, and honey – all super hydrating ingredients. It also works great for soothing sunburned skin because aloe vera contains natural healing agents. Avocado and honey are packed with antioxidants, making this one of the best face masks for dry skin. Get an aloe vera plant from a nursery near you and you are sorted!
Mash 1/2 ripe avocado and mix with two tablespoons of fresh aloe vera and one tablespoon of raw honey. Apply the mask onto your freshly washed skin. After 15 minutes, rinse off with lukewarm water and a washcloth.
Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Acne prone skin
Zits are a girl’s biggest enemy! Stress leads to unwanted breakouts, blemishes and pimples popping up from everywhere just when you don’t need them. Honey contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that also soothe redness and irritation, while cinnamon provides oxygen and blood to the skin to help dry it out, reduce oil production and heal the problematic spots.
Mix together one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and two teaspoons of honey to form a paste. Apply onto face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Do not use this mask more than twice weekly as cinnamon can irritate the skin. You can also use this as a spot treatment on zits too. We repeat, DON’T overdo it!
Papaya and Honey Mask
Dull and tired skin
Those sleepless nights, cards’ assortments and dance practices can get to the best of you! Packed with antioxidants and Vitamins A, C, and E, papayas are great for lightening and exfoliating the skin, fading dark spots and enhancing collagen production. It does wonders, trust us!
Blend together half cup of mashed ripe papaya and two tablespoons of honey. Apply onto your face. After 15 to 20 minute, rinse off with lukewarm water and moisturise.
Yoghurt and Sandalwood Face Mask
Tried and tested! Can you see eye-bags and fine lines? If yes, this one is for you! The lactic acid in yoghurt is a gentle exfoliator that not only eradicates lines and wrinkles, but also moisturises the skin. Sandalwood not only smells amazing but it also has a natural toning effect that shrinks pores and prevents sagging skin.
Mix one tablespoon organic yogurt with one tablespoon of sandalwood powder and one teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apply the mask onto your face and leave it on until it dries. Rinse off with warm water.
Turmeric and Rose Water Mask
We know you were waiting for this! Haldi is the most commonly used term in desi households where a wedding is about to happen. Everything involves haldi and rightly so! It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that aid in getting rid of redness, irritated skin and breakouts.
Take ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and add one or two teaspoons of rose water to it. Mix well and apply to your face and neck. Leave one for two minutes and then wash it off with water.
Besan and Milk Face Mask
Besan is an extremely neutral ingredient that is great for cleansing skin. For dry, flaky skin, you can mix it with malai (fresh cream), milk, honey and turmeric to moisturise and nourish your skin.
You will need one tablespoon of besan and two tablespoons of milk along with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Blend the besan, milk and lemon juice well. Apply to your face and neck and massage in circular movements. Take it off after seven to eight minutes and you’ll be the star of the show!
Multani Mitti Face Mask
The oil-absorbing properties of multani mitti make it effective against acne and help speed up the healing process. When used as a scrub, multani mitti can slough away dead skin cells and remove blackheads and whiteheads, giving skin a natural and healthy glow. It boosts circulation and improves skin health and tone.
You will need two tablespoons of multani mitti and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add one tablespoon of tomato juice to the mixture. Apply to your face and neck. Leave for 15 minutes before washing it off with water.
Tomato Face Mask
Rough and patchy skin
Tomatoes are an important ingredient in most beauty treatments. They help cure large pores, treat acne, soothe sunburn, and revive dull skin. The antioxidants in tomato, especially lycopene, fight cellular damage and skin inflammation. Tomatoes also work wonderfully well as an astringent and improve facial texture.
Get two teaspoons of tomato juice and add it to three teaspoons of butter milk. Apply to your face and neck. Leave on for 30 minutes and your skin will be as smooth as silk!
Banana Face Mask
Bananas are the secret to well moisturised skin. The vitamin A in bananas restores moisture and repairs dry skin.
Mash a ripe banana and apply it to dry skin, avoiding contact with your eyes. Leave on for 20 to 25 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water for instantly moisturised skin.