Best Facial Treatments From Your Pantry: Quarantine Edition
Real Beauty Shouldn't Cost You
You can buy the nicest clothes, the latest hair style, and the trendiest accessories, but when your face isn't looking its best, you don't feel at your best either.
To feel your most beautiful every day, it's important to put your best face forward. When your skin is healthy and glowing, you feel confident. Many women spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars on expensive exfoliating treatments, wrinkle creams, chemical peels, and many other pricey procedures.
But good news, everyone! You can get some of the same results of these treatments with many products you probably have in your home right now.
Best Overall Masks: Avocado Face Masks
Avocado has many health benefits, inside and out! These delicious fruits are very high in healthy fats, which studies have shown may help improve skin's suppleness and elasticity when consumed regularly.
Avocados are also high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which is widely known to protect skin from UV damage and may even help repair damage from everyday activities. Combined with other essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, and magnesium, the ingredients in avocado make it the perfect at-home face mask go-to!
The best part of the mask? It's simplicity!
Simply mash up a ripe avocado, apply to your face using fingers or a beauty spatula, and wait 30 minutes. That's it! Plus, it's a great base if you'd like to mix in other skin-loving ingredients as well, such as:
- lemon juice
- green tea
Avocado is also great for sensitive, dry, acne-prone and combination skin, so everyone can use it! So Go Green for a Healthy Glow!
Best Natural Toner: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a very inexpensive facial cleanser available at almost all local food stores. The beta-carotene ACV works to fight the toxins and bacteria in your skin, and can cleanse the skin of many of the impurities which can cause acne, discoloration, or dullness. Simply apply a small amount of ACV to a cotton ball and gently brush along your T-zone as your toner, to remove dirt, oil and impurities.
As an added bonus, drinking two tablespoons of ACV mixed with at least 8 ounces of water has been shown to help improve skin form the inside-out, and to aid in weight loss as well!
Blackhead Buster: Egg White and Lemon Mask
For this mask, all you'll need are 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. To start, separate the eggs, and discard the yolks as you'll only be using the egg whites for this mask. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and whisk the mixture together until well-blended.
You can spread this mixture around your entire face, and don't worry if it appears to be thin, this is normal. Leave on at least 15 minutes, and gently peel off. Do not rinse off! This is meant to pull out all of the gunk from your pores. Use only 1-2 times a week, as this could lead to rashes and other issues if over-used.
Some common mix-ins for this type of mask include:
- 1/2 a banana
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp of cream
Check which of these add-ins may be appropriate for your particular skin type before adding!
For another take on egg white masks, check out this video below! Easy to do with only egg whites and tissues. Enjoy!
Best Peel-Off Mask: Gelatin
My all-time favorite mask, and one I must say has provided the best results, comes courtesy of Allison at Petit Elefant, and you should definitely check out her original article here for the full break-down.
For this mask, simply mix 1 tbs. unflavored gelatin (nothing with sugar, color or flavoring! Trust me, it could have the opposite of the desired effect) with 1 1/2-2 tbs. of milk. Heat mixture in microwave for 10-15 seconds. Careful, it may be hot! Apply to your face quickly, as this hardens very, very fast. Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes - mask should be completely solid to the touch. Then, start peeling away!
This mask acts similarly to pore strips, and pulls out blackheads, whiteheads, and those little hairs around your face. Apply to problem areas or all over, if desired. Your skin will feel fresh, incredibly soft, and your pores will thank you!
Best Moisturizer / Make-up Remover: Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been receiving an increasing amount of attention in the beauty world in the last few years, and it consistently lives up to the hype. It is great for sensitive and combination skin, but be sure to test it first if you have primarily oily skin.
- reducing inflammation
- increasing collagen production
- naturally hydrating the epidermis
- reducing the appearance of scars and dark spots
For best results, apply a small amount to your entire face before bed, and leave on for a few minutes before wiping away any excess. Your skin should feel soft and moisturized to the touch, but not oily. Wash regularly in the morning and you're done!
Coconut oil can also double as a make-up remover. Simply dab a cotton ball with some room-temperature oil, and swipe across eyelids, lips, and the rest of your face as needed. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much comes off naturally, and for far less than your go-to remover.
NOTE: Be sure to use natural coconut oils which carry the labels "refined," or "virgin," and be sure to check the labels to ensure that no additives such as sugars, flavors or other ingredients have been added. Coconut oil may come in solid or liquid form, and melts slightly above room-temperature. Feel free to experiment to see what works best with your skin.
For more info on coconut oil and beauty, check out this article from Cosmopolitan below.
- Does Coconut Oil Give You Perfect Skin? - Dermatologists on the Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be beneficial for cleansing your skin and removing makeup, but should you use coconut oil to treat acne? Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner explains the skincare benefits of using coconut oil.