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Social media is all the rage about getting the ‘Korean glass skin’ – the fancy smhancy name for dewy, fair skin that seems as clear and luminous as glass. While this might be easy for those who were blessed with clear skin, some of us who are more endowed in the oil department scratch at our acne-filled face in frustration.
Lucky for those who struggle with skin problems and yet don’t have enough money to treat ourselves to a facial every month, there’s always the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) method to fall back on. Clear skin doesn’t have to come at the cost of emptying out your bank account. In fact, even the most ‘natural’ of skincare products can contain certain chemicals that are harmful to our skin. Here are 8 herbal face masks you can make from the comfort of your home!
This flavourful herb isn’t only great for adding fragrance to your grilled chicken – its anti-inflammatory properties also work wonders in clearing up your skin. Rosemary also contains plenty of iron, calcium and phytonutrients, and together, they help to protect the skin from sun damage. When coupled with moisturising avocado, this mask will instantly moisturise your skin and leave it glowing.
Half an avocado
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves
The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender can help to fight the bacteria that causes acne, soothing the skin and reducing the risk of inflammation. Oatmeal, on the other hand, removes dirt and exfoliates dead skin away, leaving our complexion clear and glowing.
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
1 tablespoon rolled oats
Your favourite cup of tea to sip can actually work miracles for your skin – chamomile is packed with antioxidants, which helps to reduce signs of aging. Vitamin C and E found in bananas promotes clear and glowing skin. Glass skin? Here we come!
1 tablespoon chamomile flowers
1 smashed banana
Not sure where to get organic chamomile flowers? Check out Nilufer Tea’s lemon and chamomile tea, which are packed with chamomile flowers and lemon slices.
With all the rage surrounding peel-off masks lately, alginate face masks are the next big thing. Alginate are natural polysaccharides extracted from seaweed, and helps to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of pores. It also intensely hydrates the face, giving a tremendous improvement to the skin to make it youthful, fresh and glowing.
Sodium alginate powder (can be purchased online)
Transport yourself to a mini-spa with this detoxifying face mask. Turmeric works wonders in lightening blemishes or freckles, and the charcoal helps to draw out toxins from the skin, leaving your face feeling fresh.
1/2 teaspoon organic plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Roses help to fight skin dullness, which comes in handy given the amount of pollution we are exposed to today. Besides helping to brighten skin, roses also help to trap moisture in your skin, making it radiant and youthful.
1 tablespoon fresh yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh cream
1 tablespoon rose paste
With these 8 herbal DIY face masks, not only will you save a ton of money, you can rest assured that all these ingredients are chemical and paraben-free. Best of all, they can be done from the comfort of your own home, while you are relaxing in bed or watching the television. Go forth and bless your skin with these 8 masks!