Maintaining a blemish-free, glowing complexion isn't always possible—and that's okay. Every now and then, we all indulge in the big three: rich food, sugary cocktails, and stress. We know stress isn't necessarily an indulgent activity, but like what we put into our bodies, we can implement healthy practices to manage specific stressors. Many of us have read a beauty story or two that recommends limiting certain food choices, too many happy hours, and stress since that trio can cause inflammation in the body. However, life at times, can get in the way.
Don't beat yourself up.
Pour yourself a glass of H2O (or a cup of tea) and take a few deep breaths. Your skin is probably just in need of some TLC. Luckily, you don't need to leave the house to breathe life back into your dull complexion, thanks to a few natural ingredients you may already have in your pantry, crisper, or fruit bowl.
Just make your way towards the kitchen and keep reading!
Avocado, Honey, and Yogurt Moisturizing Mask
All the ingredients in this mask are incredibly hydrating. Honey is a natural humectant, which makes it perfect for renewing your dewy glow. Yogurt soothes the skin and is also a light exfoliator, thanks to the lactic acid in dairy. Avocado, in addition to being moisturizing and rich in anti-inflammatories, also packs plenty of skin-brightening vitamin C. Raid your kitchen for the ingredients below, and follow the instructions over at The Everygirl to whip up this treat for your skin.
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon organic honey
Oatmeal, Egg White, and Lemon Juice Pore-Clearing Mask
Perhaps you slept in your makeup last night. We promise we're not judging you. We've all been there. Give this refreshing mask a try to help soak up what's left lurking in your pores. The oats provide gentle exfoliation, while the lemon juice (a natural astringent) cleans your pores, and the egg white tightens your skin. To get a deep clean, grab the ingredients below, and head over to Glamour for the full instructions.
1 tablespoon rolled oats
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 egg white
Pumpkin Papaya Exfoliating Mask
Together pumpkin and papaya make an amazing revitalizing mask. The enzymes will exfoliate away the layer of dead skin cells that are dulling your complexion. Just plug in your blender, pick up the ingredients below, and follow the instructions over at Teen Vogue to revive your complexion.
2/3 cup papaya
1 can pumpkin
Kiwi Yogurt Brightening Mask
Kiwis are full of alpha-hydroxy acids and actually have a higher concentration of skin-brightening vitamin C than lemons. Add antioxidant-rich orange juice, skin-soothing olive oil, and moisturizing yogurt, and you've got a brightening face mask your skin will love. Head over to Dr. Karen S. Lee's blog for the full instructions.
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon almond or olive oil
Caution: Do not use any ingredients that you are allergic to. Test masks on the inner part of your elbow to make sure that the ingredients will not cause irritation or a reaction. If you have any severe skin problems, consult a dermatologist before trying any natural skincare recipes.