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Friday, August 11, 2017

You don’t need to shop for expensive face packs and face masks to achieve soft, glowing skin. Khevna Pandit talks about easy-to-make face masks that you can whip up at home

Face masks are in vogue at the moment, and we can see why. Not only do they smell sweet and make us feel good, but they’re also rich in nutrients and minerals that our skin tends to lack. However, shop for one and you’ll be shocked by the prices — Rs 500 for 25 grams of product! And, you also have to factor in whether a certain product will suit your skin.

So, instead of blindly picking up an aromatic bottle off the shelf at the supermarket, think about making your own. This will ensure that you use the ingredients suited to your skin type. And, you’ll never be in fear of running out because you can make as much as you want and the ingredients are easily available. Here are four face masks you can make at home.

FOR OILY SKIN
If you have oily skin, you may struggle to make your face look ‘fresh’ or ‘dewy’. Pulling off matte makeup without it turning greasy is quite a challenge. In fact, oily skin attracts dirt and often causes acne breakouts. Here’s what you should be turning to if you want to put the excess oil secretion to bed.

Fuller’s earth face mask

  • Take 2 tablespoons of fuller’s earth powder and soak it in a cup full of water for half an hour.
  • Add one tablespoon of rose water and lemon juice each to the mixture and mix this well.
  • If the mixture has a thick consistency, add a little water or milk.
  • Apply it on your face, leave it to dry and wash it off.

Benefits: This face mask helps tighten your pores, balance excess oil and remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. These effects are seen because clay has absorbing properties.

FOR DRY SKIN
Dry skin can get itchy, rough and irritated easily, but dry or flaky skin can be cleared away easily with moisturisation. Here’s what you can do to combat painful stretchy skin.

Banana & yoghurt face mask

  • Put 2 fully ripe bananas in a blender and blend well.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey and half a cup of yogurt in the blender. Blend until they form a smooth paste.
  • Leave this mask on for about 20 minutes so that it dries out.
  • Rinse your face with warm water.

Benefits: Rich in potassium and vitamin E, this mask will provide your skin with the moisture it needs, giving your skin a healthy glow.

ANTI-AGEING MASK
Aging brings unwanted lines, wrinkles and blemishes that we’re constantly trying to erase. However, the secret to keeping your skin youthful is well... no longer a secret! This face mask will help you retain your youthful glow.

Apricot face mask

  • Blend 1 to 2 cups of dried apricots in a blender.
  • Add half a cup of warm water along with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply the mixture on to your face and leave it on until it dries out.
  • Rinse it off and use a trusted moisturiser immediately after.

Benefits: Apricots are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for healthy skin. In fact, some of the most popular skin care treatments (retinoids and retinols) are derivatives of vitamin A.

FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
Whether you suffer from occasional breakouts, dark spots or black heads, there’s nothing like a good exfoliating routine that can target all your skin issues at one go. Here is a blend that you can use for all skin types.

Honey & coconut oil face mask

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with a cup of coconut oil.
  • Add 2 or 3 drops of lemon juice to the mixture.
  • Mix the blend together until it is of a sticky texture.
  • Don’t worry if it seems thick at first, the warmth of your skin will soften it up.

Benefits: Honey has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that are great for healing your skin, so say goodbye to pesky acne scars! It will also help get rid of a dull complexion because it brightens up your skin, leaving it radiant.

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