Unmasking the Benefits of DIY Facials

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by Briana Lerner, Lifestyle Staff Writer

Professional facials can cost a fortune. Luckily, the ingredients for a fabulous facial are right in your fridge. Typical cooking ingredients such as egg, sugar, honey, baking powder and coffee grounds are all relatively inexpensive and can be used to create your own DIY face mask! These inexpensive and easily accessible ingredients are perfect for college students who cannot afford to drop double digits on a salon facial or fancy department store products.

The first thing to know when experimenting with different face masks is to always do a patch test first. This will test for any possible sensitivities or negative reactions your skin may have to an ingredient. A discreet, easily hidden area is best. You never know how your skin will react and, thus, should avoid putting an ingredient on your face before knowing how your body will react.

To make the best of your DIY mask, figure out what problem area, if any, you want to work on. Each ingredient has its own strengths, so use it to its full advantage! With any recipe, you can mix and match ingredients to match your personal preferences. Experiment to figure out how your skin reacts to different masks and what ingredients work best for your skin. No recipe is a one-size-fits all!

Egg whites are an excellent base to start with, as it shrinks pores and tightens the skin, giving you a more refreshed complexion. Mix egg whites with coffee grounds for an anti-aging face mask. Otherwise, whisk together an egg white, lemon juice, and honey to target nasty breakouts. Lemon juice is especially great for oily skin. If you want to get a bit fancier, you can make an egg white and charcoal mask by purchasing activated charcoal. This mask has a bit of a tingle to it, ensuring a deep clean of your pores.

To moisturize and glow, go for an avocado-based mask. Mix half a ripe avocado with olive oil and an overripe banana to nourish your skin, giving it a supple and fresh feel, or add honey to the avocado to keep it simple and easy. An egg white and avocado make for a double-whammy treatment as well.

To target dead, dry skin, mix baking soda and lemon juice for a powerful exfoliating mask. If you like the baking soda but are not feeling the lemon juice, swap it out for water to still do the trick. Coconut oil and baking soda are another great combo for moisturization and exfoliation. Baking powder can also be replaced with cinnamon if you find the ingredient too potent.

No matter the household goods you choose to use, have fun experimenting with different ingredients and figure out what works best for you! You can play around with what you have lying around in your kitchen, and test it out whenever you want to treat yourself. Customizing your DIY at-home masks can make them less expensive and more fun!

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