Knowing exactly what goes into homemade face masks and that they are made of the most natural ingredients, which you most probably already have in your kitchen, make them an attractive choice. A quick scroll and you can find easy-to-make and affordable expert-backed DIY masks for just about any skin problem. And with the COVID-19 pandemic leaving many feeling weary about heading to the spa, as well as giving us loads of more spare time (even after binge-watching “Bridgerton”), their popularity has skyrocketed.
During the pandemic, skincare specialists have been highlighting the importance of cleansing and hydrating our skin. They have also been calling for minimal make-up as, along with sweat, wearing it under your mask can lead to clogged pores, which can exacerbate acne. The new normal has definitely created common skincare problems like 'Maskne,' a mask-related acne triggered by excess heat and friction around your mouth when you talk or breath while wearing a mask. Besides being annoying, this hot breath creates a warm, humid environment, and an ideal setting for yeast, bacteria and other flora, such as Demodex (types of skin mites that naturally live on our skin), to grow.
If you are having to deal with new acnes appearing, what medical professionals are calling acne mechanica, making your very own natural homemade face mask can be the perfect solution alongside other steps like moving to non-soap cleanser and moisturisers. Thankfully, the folks at Panasonic have shared these two DIY face remedies that can be effortlessly whipped up. Made by whizzing healthy fruits and natural ingredients in a good blender like the ice crushing Panasonic MX-KM5070, their fine texture can easily be absorbed by your skin.
Avocado, Honey and Oatmeal Hydrating Face Mask
Fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals and all the required nutrients that are essential not only for your body but also for beautiful and clear skin.
What you need:
- Half ripe avocado, it is packed with moisturising fatty acids, Vitamin E and C and anti-ageing properties.
- One teaspoon of raw honey, it clarifies skin to unclog pores and has antibacterial properties that help fight acne.
- One tablespoon rolled oats, it softens and soothes skin and exfoliates
- Half teaspoon Jojoba oil and one tablespoon coconut oil, they help balance oil, moisturise and protect the skin.
- Two drops each of essential oils like tea tree and lavender, they are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and are best to inhibit acne breakouts.
- You can optionally add an avocado pit if your blender is strong enough to crush it as it is full of collagen and antioxidants.
What to do:
Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Before you apply the mask place a wet warm washcloth on your face for two minutes to open pores. Next apply the mask to face, leave it on for 20 minutes then wash away with warm water. Once you wash off the mask, place a cool washcloth for a few minutes to close the pores.
Chocolate and Coffee Face Mask
This super easy chocolate and coffee mask whipped up to perfection at home is the best appreciation you can give your skin. Both ingredients have awesome superpowers to heal the skin, plus they can increase blood circulation on to your skin to make it smooth and glowing.
What you need:
- One tablespoon raw cacao powder, which provides UV protection and slows photo-ageing.
- One tablespoon fine coffee, ground
- One-and-a-half tablespoons coconut milk
- Two drops essential oil
What to do:
Combine coffee, cacao powder, coconut milk and essential oils and blend them together. Before applying, cleanse and rinse your face with warm water, pat dry and apply the mask to your face avoiding your eyes, mouth and nose. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.