Tired of spending a lot of money on facial products
that don’t even work? Try on some masks made from items you already
own—they’re all natural and good enough to eat!
pumpkin and papaya
Pumpkin is loaded with skin-healing antioxidants, while papaya contains
an enzyme that dissolves oil and dead skin cells. Mix one cup of canned,
mashed pumpkin with 2/3 cup mashed papaya, apply to a clean, dry face,
leave on for ten minutes, then rinse.
Don’t have papaya? Pineapple works just
Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps slough off dead
skin cells, and salicylic acid, which dries up oil that can block pores
and cause breakouts. For clearer, brighter skin, simply cut a berry
in half, rub on your face, leave for five minutes, and wash off.
Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which is great for moisturizing dry
skin. Mash one, add a few drops of witch hazel—which dries oily skin
and removes impurities—and apply for five minutes for smoother, softer
Wash your face no more than twice a day; any
more than that and you risk stripping the skin of its natural
The acids in grapefruit exfoliate dead skin and boost cell renewal,
leaving you with fresher skin, while the vitamin C increases collagen,
making your face look smoother. Combine the juice of a grapefruit with
enough sugar to make a paste, rub into damp skin in the shower, leave
for one minute, then rinse.
yogurt and honey
Honey softens and moisturizes dry skin, while yogurt has lactic acid
that rejuvenates the complexion. Mix a teaspoon of honey with two tablespoons
milk, heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds to slightly melt the honey,
and apply for ten to fifteen minutes.
peach and oatmeal
Like strawberries, peaches contain the natural exfoliant alpha-hydroxy
acid, while oatmeal soothes and softens dry, flaky skin. Mash a ripe
peach, add a tablespoon each of oatmeal and honey, and apply for ten
Don’t have a peach available? Plums
and nectarines have alpha-hydroxy acid, too!
brown sugar and milk
Brown sugar is a natural exfoliant that scrubs dead skin cells, while
milk cleanses. Mix a cup of brown sugar with a tablespoon of milk, rub
into the skin for a full minute, and leave on for 15 minutes.
Cucumber has cooling properties that reduce redness, inflammation, and
puffiness. In a blender, mix together half a cucumber with a tablespoon
of yogurt, apply to the face, and leave on for 20 minutes to feel refreshed.
Bananas have natural fruit acids that slough off dry skin cells. Mash
one ripe ba
an egg and lemon
Egg whites tighten pores in the skin while lemon is filled with skin-revitalizing
vitamin C that can help remove blackheads and blemishes. Separate the
egg white from the yolk, add a few drops of lemon juice, and apply for