I’ve mentioned this a few times before but can’t help shouting it from the rooftops: natural remedies are my favorite. Thing. Ever. There’s something about using ingredients from the earth or from my kitchen that just makes me extremely happy – the simplicity and ease of use and also the fact that it’s low cost! I’m not at a point in my life where I can afford to splurge on expensive serums and masks so I welcome with open arms the experimentation that comes with these natural skin remedies.
The masks entailed in this post are easy to make, and guaranteed to act as a little pick-me-up for your skin. You may need to run to the grocery store (or pay a quick visit to Amazon) to acquire some of these items, so here’s a list for you:
MASTER GROCERY LIST:
#1 Pore Shrinking
#3 Cleansing and Refining
Tomato – purchase at your local grocery store or farmers market 😉
#1. Brightening: Turmeric Powder + Manuka Honey + Kefir
Turmeric is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. I add turmeric to my weekly detox drink, a recipe influenced by growing up in an Indian household, to reap the healing benefits of this magic root. While turmeric is most commonly ingested, we’re switching things up and sharing a face mask that includes turmeric as a skin brightening agent. Caution: using too much and/or leaving it on your face for too long can leave your skin looking orange).
With the addition of manuka honey (an ingredient with anti-bacterial properties that also nourishes the skin) and kefir (a probiotic that helps with removing dead skin and providing hydration), this mask helps clogged pores and dull skin issues.
Mix equal parts turmeric and manuka honey. Then add in a smaller amount of kefir until the mixture is paste-like. To avoid messy application, use a makeup brush to apply the mask on to the face. It’s super therapeutic if you haven’t tried this already. Leave the mask on your face for 15 minutes max. Remove with a warm washcloth – if you see that your skin has an orange tint, don’t worry! Just wash your face with a cleanser and wipe it dry with another warm washcloth and you’ll be good as new.
#2. Pore shrinking, skin tightening: Aztec Healing Clay + Apple Cider Vinegar
I learned about this mask from Chicago photographer, Elizabeth de la Piedra. In her Into The Gloss feature, she claims that “[Aztec Healing Clay] is literally magic”, and I can vouch for that!
Aztec Healing Clay is essentially bentonite clay which is rich in minerals and the perfect ingredient for absorbing the impurities living in your pores. While bentonite clay is an anti-inflammatory, it can also be incredibly drying. Use with caution if you have sensitive skin!
Add a scoop of Aztec Healing Clay to a glass or wooden bowl. Stir in enough ACV so the mixture is a paste-like texture. Apply a thick layer all over your face or just to problem areas such as the T-Zone, but make sure to avoid your eye area. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, or until dry. This mask is slightly difficult to remove since the clay hardens, but it’s nothing that warm water or a towel soaked in hot water can’t fix. Once the mask is completely removed, you will notice that your face is a bit red – don’t fret, as this just means the mask went to work absorbing oil, sebum, and other impurities from your skin!
It’s very important to moisturize after using this mask to avoid dry, irritated skin.
#3. Cleansing and Refining: Tomato mask
The most simple mask of them all – the tomato mask. All you need is one tomato.
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene which is a fantastic antioxidant with anti-aging properties. They are also rich in Vitamins A, C & K which are a great combination for healing acne and acne scars.
You can either slice the tomato in half and rub directly on your face OR you can mash up half a tomato and apply to your face. There’s no need for a thick layer as this could get quite messy. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and wash your face with warm water. Make sure to follow with a moisturizer as this mask can be slightly drying.