We all know sugar makes a great body scrub and coconut oil is a nourishing deep conditioner, but whipping up a DIY face mask is another story. So we asked Alexis Wolfer, founder of The Beauty Bean and author of the forthcoming DIY beauty book The Recipe for Radiance ($20), for help. She created three natural, easy-to-make concoctions just for us, each of which targets a different concern: dull skin, acne, and redness. The best part? You probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen!
1 tablespoon fresh pineapple juice
1 tablespoon raw honey (try the Honey ($11) from Really Raw)
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree (follow this recipe)
Directions: Whip up ingredients in a small bowl with a fork or small wisk and apply a thin layer to your face, avoiding your eye area. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Tip: This will stay good in your fridge for a week, so make enough for two facials!
What it Does: Get ready for brighter skin! “The enzymes in the pineapple and vitamin A in the pumpkin gently exfoliate dry, dull, and discolored skin,” Wolfer says. “Combined with antibacterial and hydrating honey, you’ll notice smoother, more supple skin in just one application.”
Directions: Stir together until well combined and apply a thick layer to any area prone to breakouts. Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
What it Does: It’s a natural treatment for acne prone skin. “The probiotics in the yogurt help to balance bacteria, lactic acid unclogs pores, and honey is a naturally antibacterial,” Wolfer says. “Your face will be clearer, without drying out your skin.”
1 tablespoon green tea (try the Organic Green Tea ($5) from Bigelow)
1 tablespoon whole milk
Directions: Prepare the green tea according to package instructions and refrigerate overnight to chill. Combine with the milk. Saturate a few cotton rounds with the mixture and apply as compresses to any facial redness for 10 to 20 minutes. Tip: Squeeze out excess liquid as the compresses warm up and re-soak with chilled liquid.
What it Does: Gently eases redness. “The chilled milk and green tea help to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin,” Wolfer says. “This is also a great treatment for a sunburn.”