By Tiyani Rikhotso
Natural and cruelty-free skincare has been all the craze lately. This comes as light is being shed on the ways chemicals and substances such as parabens, sulphates and mineral oils affect our skin; and as the movement towards sustainability and “beauty without cruelty” grows. Unfortunately, a lot of these natural products have a bad rep for being super expensive. Fear not! Smoother, clearer and brighter skin could be as easy as a trip to your kitchen.
Here are 2 DIY face masks that will turn your home into a natural spa overnight!
1. Brightening and tightening
You will need
• 1 teaspoon of turmeric
• 1 teaspoon of honey
• 1 teaspoon of natural/plain yoghurt
Mix the ingredients into a paste-like consistency, apply and leave on for 15 minutes. Beware: turmeric has the tendency to stain everything so don’t get too messy with this mask and perhaps wear an old T-shit for this pampering session. Be sure to follow this with your normal facewash to avoid a yellow tint on your face.
Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory which makes this a great mask for calming down acne and rosacea. It also brightens the skin which makes it a trusted ingredient in aiding hyperpigmentation marks, acne scars and dark circles. Honey is a humectant which means it will draw moisture out of the air into your skin leaving it hydrated and the lactic acid in the yoghurt gently exfoliates the skin. Both the honey and lactic acid will work towards firming up your skin and shrinking pores.
2. Exfoliating and moisturising
Speaking of exfoliation… for this next mask, you will need:
• 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix the ingredients together and apply to a damp face, gently (very gently) rub the mixture in circular motions, leave it on and then rinse after 15 minutes. Follow this up with your usual cleanser and moisturiser.
The sugar and cinnamon work together to exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells. This boosts skin regeneration and will have you glowing. Cinnamon has the added benefit of its antiseptic properties, and so it can help get rid of the germs that often lead to acne. The olive oil hydrates your skin and feed its it with vitamin E and anti-oxidants which are great for brightening and nourishing your skin. This is also a great oil because it doesn’t clog your pores.