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Beauty facial masks you can make at home using pantry staples

By JOHN LEGASPI

Let’s face it, many of us are suffering from “cabin fever.” A week after the announcement of the enhanced community quarantine, people are barely keeping their marbles together. Who can blame them? The rising number of COVID-19 cases is a serious matter. But stressing out will not get us anywhere. Panicking will also worsen things. We have to make the most of the cards we have been dealt with.

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Being at home minimizes our chances of getting the virus. It also gives us the time to do stuff we rarely do because of our busy schedules. We can finally start reading the stack of books accumulated from years ago, reconnect with family, and best of all, it gives us time to rest and rejuvenate. The easiest way to pamper ourselves is to put on one of those Korean facial masks. Did you know that some of your pantry staples can be used for that beauty treatment? Yes! Use basic kitchen ingredients to improve your skin, giving you that natural radiance. So if you’re tired of binging on movies, then go to the kitchen and get mixing.

The general trick here is to focus on a prime ingredient and combine it with a binding agent. Keep the mixture on your face for 15 minutes (or longer), then wash it off.

Exfoliate: Coffee + Brown Sugar Mask

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Mix a tablespoon of coffee grounds and brown sugar with coconut oil. Coffee and brown sugar are natural exfoliants. They remove dead skin cells and help brighten the skin. Coffee is also known for its antioxidant properties that serve as your skin’s protection from free radicals. Brown sugar is a natural humectant that gives moisture to the skin. While coconut oil helps soothe the skin and gives it a youthful glow.

Acne and pimples: Lemon + Honey Mask

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Lemon juice is a perfect substitute for toner. Its citrus juice helps clear out dirt and bacteria and dries out pimples. Honey keeps in moisture on the face and lessens skin aging with the help of its antioxidants. To make a mask, all you need is the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon of honey.

Detoxify: Green Tea + Honey Mask

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Green tea is a gift that keeps on giving. Contents of used tea bags can be used to detoxify your face. Tea is packed with antioxidants that clears out redness, protects the skin from irritation, and helps prevent blackheads. Just cut open a bag of moistened tea, mix contents with a tablespoon of honey, and you’re ready to lather it on.

Oil control: Oatmeal + Yogurt Mask

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Oatmeal is rich in fiber and contains anti-inflammatory agents. It helps absorb excess oil that lessens acne buildup. The best part is it’s hypoallergenic, which is perfect for sensitive skin. Yogurt is potent with amino acids, which heals blemishes and repairs damaged skin. Take a tablespoon of finely ground oatmeal and combine it with a tablespoon of plain yogurt. You can add a few drops of honey to make the mixture dense and for added moisturizing.

Even skin tone: Baking Soda Mask

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Because of its gritty texture, baking soda is perfect for skin exfoliation, removing trapped oil and grime in the pores. It reduces mild rashes, bug bites, and irritation. Mix it with citrus (like lemon and oranges) and it can boost your skin’s collagen production and even out skin tone. Just mix two tablespoons of baking powder with water, add a few drops of fruit juice, and it’s good to go.

Elasticity: Avocado + Honey Mask

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Avocado, apart from toasts and smoothies, is also good for face masks. It is filled with good fat and minerals that improve the skin’s elasticity and reverse the effects of aging. Mash half an avocado and combine it with a tablespoon of honey until it becomes a smooth paste.

Moisturizing and glow: Banana Mask

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Bananas are rich in vitamins B6, E, and C, which are beneficial to the skin. They also have qualities that boost your skin’s protection against sun damage. Mix bananas with milk or yogurt for maximum hydration or with honey and other tropical fruits for that natural radiance.



Source: Manila Bulletin ( https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/03/23/beauty-facial-masks-you-can-make-at-home-using-pantry-staples/)

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