By Tiyani Rikhotso
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 10 of VARSITY News.
Natural skincare has been all the rage as we move towards cutting toxins from the things we put in and on our bodies. Though it’s becoming more popular, many products are still inaccessible due to prices which leaves people turning to conventional brands that often fill their products with harsh chemicals. However, using natural products can be affordable if you source the right ingredients, buy in bulk and especially if you whip up your own concoctions.
Here are three simple DIY mask recipes that you can turn to for natural skincare that is not only kind to the skin but kind to pockets too.
Brightening face mask
Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce dark marks and discoloration in skin. The lactic acid in the yoghurt helps soften your skin’s texture while giving it a bright glow. To top it all off, honey is a humectant which means it draws moisture out of the air into your skin, leaving it nourished and hydrated. Beware, turmeric stains almost everything it comes into contact with, so take care when applying it to your face and rinsing.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon yoghurt
Mix the turmeric and honey together then slowly add the yoghurt and blend into a smooth paste. On a freshly cleansed face, apply the face mask and allow it to sit for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse the mask off (you may want to use a little bit of cleanser if you find the turmeric has tinted your skin) then dry and moisturise.
Detoxifying face mask
Bentonite clay is the perfect ingredient to turn to when your skin needs a deep cleanse as it draws out toxins. Because it unclogs and shrinks pores as well, it will leave your skin feeling soft and can help fight acne. If you want to bump up the strength of the mask, swap out water for apple cider vinegar which will regulate your skin’s pH, fight dark spots and help fight bacteria that may contribute to acne.
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon water or apple cider vinegar
Mix the two ingredients together and make a smooth paste. It’s very important to use a wooden or plastic utensil when mixing the mask as metal will leach into it and the clay will not be as effective. Apply on a freshly cleansed face and leave on for 10 – 15 minutes (the mask should harden and form cracks). Rinse the mask off and moisturise. Might want to use a heavier oil or cream.
Exfoliating face mask
Exfoliating is a great step to add to your skincare routine as it helps get rid of dead skin cells which leaves your face feeling softer and will help ensure that your skin is able to absorb your products well. Most conventional scrubs have harsh microbeads that tear at the skin and so oats is a gentler yet still effective switch that will also soothe inflammation and will help cleanse excess oil.
- 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal (if you don’t have access to a blender you can use normal oat flakes).
- 3 tablespoons of water
Mix the oats and water together and allow to sit for 5 – 10 minutes until the oats soften slightly. Apply the mixture onto a damp face and rub in circular motions for 1 – 2 minutes then rinse and moisturise as normal.