From breakouts to acne, oily complexion to scars and spots, teen years can give you absolute nightmares. These are the years when you are extra conscious of yourself.
And to tackle all these skin problems, you end up breaking the bank every month after pricey spa sessions. Not only are these beauty rituals expensive, but they also end up exposing your already vulnerable skin to harsh chemicals.
Instead of these expensive spa sessions or those over-the-counter beauty creams, you might just want to look a little closer to home.
Using humble ingredients straight out of your kitchen can do the trick.
Homemade face masks are not only a great way to overcome some of the common skin problems, but they also help hydrate and rejuvenate your skin to keep it looking flawless. The best part about using these ingredients is that they can be easily made within few minutes.
So forget spending time and money at your local spa and get ready to pamper yourself with some homemade face masks. Let’s take a look at some of the recipes for a healthy glowing skin.
DIY Face Masks for Teens
1) Baking soda, virgin oil for glowing skin
Who doesn’t want a dewy looking glowing skin? A natural glow can make all the difference in how beautiful and confident you look and feel. Baking soda, extra virgin olive oil and honey can work wonders on your skin.
Being a powerful, alkaline powder, baking soda often tops the list when it comes to skin care. Known for its antibacterial and inflammatory properties, it discourages the growth of bacteria which is effective for treating many skin problems.
Extra Virgin olive oil is an amazing natural oil that has soothing and moisturising properties. Olive oil nourishes and hydrates the skin, leaving it soft and supple. It is ideal for skin care due to its gentle nature. It contains high amounts of vitamin A and E that is vital for renewing and repairing damaged skin.
2 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
Mix all the three ingredients in a bowl until a uniform consistency is obtained. It should look like a smooth paste.
Make sure to apply the pack on a washed face as this will ensure that the product is well absorbed into the skin. Use a flat brush or clean fingers to apply the mask. Cover the entire face and neck evenly.
Allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Pa dry your face. Follow it up with a moisturizer.
This face mask can be used 1-2 times weekly.
2) Lemon juice and baking soda for dark spots
Dark spots can be really ugly and frustrating. They are mostly the result of popping breakouts or sun exposure. Resist the temptation of picking at your pimples to prevent the scars. These scars can often darken overtime, especially when they get sun exposure.
Lemon juice and baking soda is highly effective in diminishing the appearance of dark spots.
Lemon is naturally acidic and works as organic bleaching agent that helps in lightening the dark spots overtime with regular use. Consistency is the key to fast results.
1 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp of lemon juice
Mix lemon juice and baking soda in a clean bowl. While you do this, you will notice a slight frizz. No need to be worried. This is nothing but the baking soda getting activated due to the acid in the lemon. Keep mixing it well, till it turns into a paste.
Apply this face mask on your dark spots. Rinse it off with warm water after a few minutes.
3. Egg whites for black heads
Black heads are nothing but the tiny little black spots that appear on your skin. They appear when the pores of your skin are clogged due to the dirt and oil that gets accumulated on your skin surface. This doesn’t allow your skin to breathe and results into black heads.
Egg white help pull out all the dirt stuck deep within the pores. It contains astringent properties that help shrink large pores which helps naturally squeeze out the blackheads by bringing them out of the skin’s surface.
1tbsp lemon juice
1 egg white
Mix both the ingredients well and apply it all over your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes. It will make your face feel stiff and tight. This is due to the tightening property of the egg white.
4. Oatmeal for Acne
Everyone gets acne at some point in their life. It’s is a common skin problem during teenage years due to the hormonal changes.
Acne comes in all forms including pimples, large spots, white heads, blackheads and cysts. It varies from person to person and depends on where it is formed and how bad it is.
Oatmeal is effective for fighting acne. They contain healing and moisturising properties. Apart from being extremely gentle and natural, they are nourishing, calming and soothing for the skin.
Honey is a natural humectant which helps clear the acne. It also helps the skin retain moisture without feeling oily
1 cup water
1tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey ( manuka honey preferably)
Boil 1/2 cup of water with oatmeal on low heat. Allow this to cool a little. Add lemon juice and manuka honey to the mixture. Mix the ingredients well and apply it on your face and neck. Repeat once a week.
5. Coffee for firm and tight skin
Firm and tight skin can make you look younger.
Coffee is high in antioxidants. It helps increase collagen and elastin which helps tighten the skin, making it look younger and radiant. It also helps regenerate skin cells, which helps fight ageing. So, when it comes to this ingredient it is a double bonus as it also acts as a prevention against ageing.
2 tbsp coffee
2 tbsp honey
Grind coffee beans into powder form or simply use grounded coffee powder. Add honey to the coffee powder and mix them together. It may seem hard to mix, at first, but continue until it’s well blended together.
The consistency of the mixture should be such that it should easily stick to the skin. Add more honey if this isn’t the case.
These homemade face masks will give you the spa experience within the comforts of your home.