Best DIY multitasking skin mask
This one is a real multitasker, promises Tara Mackey, healthy living expert and founder of The Organic Life blog. Here’s why it is so potent: “French green clay has long been known for its detoxifying skin care benefits that can be attributed to its unique mineral composition,” says Mackey. “It includes dolomite, manganese, silica, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, and calcium, which are all proven to detoxify and tackle stubborn blemishes and uneven skin tone.” The activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne, she says. “Because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne,” she says. Lemons are also rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin. Finally, “Himalayan salt is both exfoliating and detoxifying and cayenne pepper stimulates blood flow which helps nutrients get to skin cells allowing for healthy, flawless skin.” To make: Add 1 tablespoon of French green clay to 1 teaspoon activated charcoal, and then add a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of Himalayan salt, a half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and enough water to make it spreadable. Apply to face and let dry for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water followed by a cool water rinse. Check out some more simple recipes for the perfect homemade face mask.
Best DIY nighttime moisture mask
“Shea butter is rich in fatty acids and vitamins E and A, making it a natural moisturizer and skin protector that has the added benefit of boosting collagen production and reducing inflammation,” says Samantha Addonizio, president of Know Your Ingredients (KYI). “Combing Shea butter with jojoba oil provides an added benefit because jojoba oil is unique in that, unlike most other vegetable oils, it most closely resembles human sebum, the waxy substance produced by skin glands.” To make: Mix 4-ounces of unrefined Shea butter with 1- to 2-ml of jojoba oil. Mix thoroughly by hand or with a mixer. Apply to your skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Warning: Shea butter is derived from the Shea nut, a tree nut. Avoid it if you have tree nut allergy. Here’s how to get your beauty sleep.