Photographed by Serena Steinfeld
At the end of a long day, there are few things we wish to do less than start an hour-long and incredibly tedious beauty routine in which we cleanse ourselves of the hard work we created just twelve hours prior. I am talking about removing the makeup, washing our faces, exfoliating, spot treatment and moisturizing with a variety of white, medicinal-smelling products that take up too much space in the bathroom.
The thing is, taking care of yourself should not have to feel like a chore. There are ways in which you can make your night routine the most exciting part of your day.
Depending on your individual skin needs, here are some fun at-home masks and scrubs using household products to shakeup your routine and help detox after a day of classes, work and clubs.
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 teaspoon plain organic yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of honey
(If you want to increase hydration intensity, add a teaspoon of virgin olive oil)
You will mash the avocado until it is entirely smooth. Once you achieve the desired texture, thoroughly mix in the yogurt and honey. Apply this mask across the entirety of your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. If you have never had an avocado face mask before, prepare to be amazed.
Exfoliation: Sugar, Sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Mix the two ingredients together, while making sure that the scrub is not too watery. Essentially, you want the texture of oatmeal. Gently scrub your face with the mixture until your skin feels thoroughly exfoliated. After rinsing off the scrub, make sure to wash your face to get rid of any excess. A slightly red face means the scrub did its job. However, be wary of over-exfoliating and irritating your skin. By keeping this in mind, you set your skin up to glow the next morning.
Oily Skin: Kiwi for Me
- 1 pureed kiwi
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Before you apply this mask, make sure that you have opened up your pores by splashing your face with warm water.
Mix all ingredients together, and apply the mask generously. Let it settle for 15-30 minutes, and expect this mask to harden. Once time is up, carefully peel the mask off and apply cold water to your face. This one is definitely for the island-lover in us all. I recommend eating pineapple and watching old episodes of Hawaii 5-O to really get yourself in the mood.
Dry skin: Cocoa Craze
- ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
- ½ tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon grounded oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons coconut milk
Blend all ingredients together to form a paste. Let the mask sit on your face for 15 minutes (or until you find yourself more tempted to eat the mask than let it work wonders for your skin). Rinse off the mask, and wash your face per usual.
Acne/Wrinkles: The Fighter Kit
- 3 crushed aspirin
- A few drops of water
- 1 teaspoon warm honey or coconut oil
This one is a little wacky, but stick with me. Crush one-to-three aspirin tablets until they are a powder. Stir in a few drops of water until the mix turns into a paste. From there, add either honey or coconut oil– depending on your preference– and stir all the contents together. Apply a generous amount of the mask to your face, focusing specifically on acne-prone areas. Let the mask dry for 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. Seriously, you will see wrinkles, acne and dark circles become a thing of the past.
At the end of the day, we all have to wash our face. Why not turn such a mundane chore into a time of creative expression, science experiments and bonding with roommates? Happy exfoliating!