5 DIY Face Masks – Brighten Up Your Skin For Spring

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Switching from the cold, wet weather outdoors, to the hot, dry central heating indoors can really take it’s toll on your skin over the winter months, so, I have put together my favourite homemade face mask recipes that I like to use to freshen up, brighten and hydrate my skin ready for Spring.

Before using any of these recipes do a patch test 24 hours before to check for any possible reactions.

Calming Greek Yoghurt & Honey Face Mask

Greek yoghurt is amazing for your skin, not only does it contain lactic acid which helps break up dead skin cells and boost collagen, it also contains lots of healthy bacteria which acts as an anti-inflammatory and can help prevent breakouts. As Honey is incredibly nourishing for your skin this will help give you that gorgeous healthy spring glow.

What you will need: 2 x tablespoons greek yoghurt, 1 x tablespoon honey

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl, apply to your face using either your fingers or a brush (avoiding the eye area) and leave for 15 minutes before washing off with warm water. Splash your face with cold water afterwards to close your pores back up, then tone and Moisturise as normal.

Cleansing Egg Whites & Lemon Juice Peel Off Face Mask

Egg whites contain natural astringent properties which can help shrink and cleanse pores and tighten the skin but are also great for absorbing excess oil. Adding lemon juice to this mask will brighten and even out your complexion.

What you will need: 1 x egg white, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, toilet paper/tissue

Separate the egg white from the yolk, add the lemon juice and whisk until frothy. Using either your fingers or a brush, apply the mixture to your skin (avoiding the eye area). Layer strips of the toilet paper/tissue over the top of the face mask and leave until completely dry. Once dried, you should be able to peel the face mask off easily. Rinse face with warm water, splash with cold water to close pores back up and tone and moisturise as normal.

Revitalising Coffee & Coconut Oil Face Mask

Due to the caffeine in the coffee beans, this mask is great for reducing redness, puffiness under the eyes and boosting circulation and when combined with the coconut oil which is extremely moisturising and soothing, will promote healthy hydrated skin.

What you will need: 1 x tablespoon ground coffee beans, 1 x tablespoon coconut oil

Mix together the ground coffee beans and the coconut oil in a bowl and apply to the skin using either your fingers or a brush. Leave for 15-20 minutes before washing off with warm water. Splash face with cold water after rinsing to help close pores back up and then tone and moisturise as normal.

 Youthful Banana & Bicarbonate of soda Face Mask 

Bananas contain Vitamin A which is extremely nourishing for your skin and Vitamin C which promotes the natural glow of skin, as Bicarbonate of soda is an anti-inflammatory and also helps balance the PH levels of the skin, this mask will leave you with a youthful spring ready glow.

What you will need: 1 x banana, 1 x teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Mash up the banana in a bowl and mix in the bicarbonate of soda until you’re left with a paste. Apply to your face (avoiding the eye area) using either your fingers or a brush and leave for 15-20 minutes before washing off with warm water. Splash your face with cold water afterwards to close your pores back up, then tone and Moisturise as normal.

Soothing Strawberries & Cream Face Mask

Strawberries contain a number of different acids which are great for gently exfoliating as well as lightening dark spots and evening skin tone and the cream is soothing and hydrating so combined, makes a brilliant face mask for clearing your complexion ready for the spring.

What you will need: 4 x large strawberries, 1 x tablespoon sour cream

Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Apply to the skin using either your fingers or a brush (avoiding the eye area) and leave to 15-20 minutes before washing off with warm water. Splash your face with cold water afterwards to close your pores back up, then tone and Moisturise as normal.

I love to alternate between these five face masks once a month, or even once a week if I have time and the brilliant thing about all of these is, alot of the ingredients is stuff you already have in your kitchen, making them perfect for a bit of last minute pampering.

I hope you enjoy trying all of these, leave me a comment to let me know how you get on and which one is your favourite.

Happy pampering.

L x

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