Saturday, June 30, 2012
Tap Into Your Teenage Self With These 3 DIY Face Masks
I'm obsessed with Sisley's line of facial products. I especially love their express flower gel face mask pictured above. (I also love their global anti-age cream and their eye and lip contour cream.) But sadly (for me at least), the tiny 2.15 oz bottle above retails at $136 (and the face cream will set you back over $300). I've only tried these products because I happened to score some samples as part of a gift bag, and now, as I'm coming down to my final last drops, I'm panicking. (If my husband is reading this, he's probably panicking too).
Not to fear. Very recently, I've discovered some great recipes for DIY face masks. Now bear with me here if you're skeptical. I was too. The last time I tried a homemade face mask, I was in middle school at a sleepover cooking up concoctions from Seventeen magazine with my girlfriends. But, I'm coming full circle now, as I'm thinking more and more about that long-lost teenage skin (sigh).
Here are three DIY face masks that are awesome, awesome, awesome. And they provide the same benefits that brands like Sisley do. Just give 'em a try and, trust me, you'll be hooked.
Egg white and organic oatmeal mask - Crack an egg and separate the egg white from the yoke. Beat the egg white until it turns into a thick foam. Add one tablespoon of organic oatmeal to the egg white and mix into a thick paste.
Egg white and organic honey mask - Crack an egg and separate the egg white. Add one tablespoon of organic honey to the egg white and beat with a hand mixer until mixture is thick and foamy.
Egg white and almond oil mask - Crack an egg and separate the egg white. Add one tablespoon of almond oil to the egg white and mix into a thick foam.
Notice a pattern? You can also just use the egg white alone as a mask (which is my personal favorite) or add any combination of oatmeal, honey and almond oil (you can also add a little milk or even coffee grinds to your creation). Go ahead and experiment. The egg white will tighten your skin (if you try the egg white alone, you will really see what I mean in a matter of minutes), shrink your pores, remove excess oil, and if applied regularly, reduce the appearance of fine lines. The oatmeal, honey and almond oil will hydrate and soften your skin.
So now what?
Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face and leave on for about 15-20 minutes. Maybe even top it off with two slices of cucumber over your eyes if you want to get fancy. Then rinse with warm water. And check out your smooth-as-a-baby's-butt skin!
Happy DIY face masking,