Where would we be without Pinterest? The site is amazing for discovering clever tips and tricks that make modern life easier. Whether you're planning a wedding or need some simple storage hacks to escape from the clutter, you're sure to find some new ideas.
The site is perhaps most brilliant for beauty inspiration—from extreme makeup looks to a seemingly endless supply of hairstyle inspiration. Not to mention the homemade aspect of so many of the posts on the site. In fact, homemade beauty products are huge on Pinterest, especially face masks and scrubs. But just how effective can a mask made from the contents of your kitchen cupboards actually be?
According to Alexis Granite, consultant dermatologist at Cadogan Clinic, even homemade masks can show results. "DIY face masks can be effective, depending on your skin type and the ingredients used. I would recommend researching ingredients and tailoring DIY recipes to suit you. Olive oil, egg yolks, oats, honey, avocado and spices such as turmeric can all play a beneficial role in DIY beauty treatments."
Nichola Joss, Meghan Markle's go-to facialist, agrees. In a recent interview with Refinery 29, Joss revealed: "At-home face masks are amazing, and I fully endorse them. They're easy, free and you have full control of the ingredients you're putting on your skin—which is why most of my clients love them."
Want to recreate Markle's DIY face mask at home? Joss mixes together coconut oil "to create a soothing paste-like consistency" together with turmeric for a brightening and hydrating mask or rolled oats and honey for an exfoliating treatment.
Sounds good, right? But before you get completely carried away mixing potions up in your kitchen, Granite recommends a few precautions. "Consider first consulting with a dermatologist for concerns about problem skin and to discuss the best skin care products and treatment options. I would recommend doing a patch test on your skin before applying any ingredients to assess the risk of irritation. Avoid ingredients such as lemon, toothpaste, baking powder, salt and sugar, as they are extremely harsh on the skin, disrupting the pH balance and may cause irritation and sensitivities."
And whether your skin is sensitive or not, Granite advises against using sugar or salt to scrub the face as it can be too "harsh and abrasive."
If you do find a recipe that you love, don't be tempted to save some for next time. Granite advises that, like food, homemade face masks are best when made fresh.
Scroll down for more of our favorite face masks to whip up at home.
Mix finely milled oats with honey and a carrier oil, such as olive or almond oil, for a gently refining face scrub.
Turmeric is renowned for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties, which even work when applied topically. The honey will thicken the milk mixture as well as bringing goodness of its own.
This is simple to make and smells divine. Granite recommends using a high quality, unprocessed honey like Manuka for the best results at home.
Save a little smashed avo next time you make brunch for a wonderful addition to a homemade face mask. This recipe is boosted by olive oil and honey too, which all come recommended by Granite.
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