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6 Incredibly Easy DIY Face Masks to Fight Winter

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With winter approaching, it’s time to shield our skin from slap-in-your-face winds and prepare for chilly temps. While countless stores sell notable organic beauty products, do-it-yourself remedies made from ingredients right in your kitchen can make you feel pampered, refreshed, and save you money.

And if a baby can slather it on easily, so can you! Tried and tested, these are our favorite DIY face masks!

BANANA & HONEY

Known to improve complexion, brighten skin, and boost sun-ray resistance, the vitamins and nutrients found in bananas reduce dark spots and blemishes, while creating protective layers to keep out free radicals. Similar to the banana’s benefits, honey also helps delay the aging process and moisturize without inducing oily skin.

Recipe
– ½ banana
– 1 tsp. honey

Instructions
Mash the ingredients together in a bowl. Using your fingers, pat the mixture onto your face and keep on for 15-20 minutes.

ACAI BERRY

With its unique properties and ability to enhance the skin’s elasticity, açai berries are rich sources of polyphenols — just a regular old potent antioxidant that acts as an astringent to minimize pores and wrinkles.

Recipe
– ⅔ cup sugar
– 2 tsp. açai powder
– 10 fresh, whole berries
– 1 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions
Mash sugar, powder, and berries together, slowly adding in the olive oil. Blend with a whisk and massage into face, leaving on for five minutes.

BEER

Not regarded as an exotic choice for a facial, beer is one of the most surprising ways to get healthy looking, glowing skin. With the ability to balance your skin’s pH levels and dissolve dead skin cells, beer’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties help fight acne and moisturize skin.

Recipe
– 2 tbsp. beer
– 1 tbsp. honey
– 1 egg white

Instructions
Combine beer with honey, add in egg white, and whisk together. With a cotton ball or makeup pad, apply the mixture and leave on for 15 minutes.

OATMEAL, EGG & OLIVE OIL

Oatmeal isn’t just an effective breakfast, but contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties ideal for sensitive skin. Olive oil and oatmeal act as efficient moisturizers, while egg whites, full of collagen and protein, help tighten and brighten.

Recipe
– 1 tbsp. oatmeal
– 1 egg white
– 1 tsp. olive oil

Instructions
Beat the egg white until foamy; add in the oatmeal and olive oil. Blend all three and apply to face for up to 15 minutes.

YOGURT, CINNAMON & HONEY

Creating a warming effect on the skin, cinnamon brings oxygen-rich blood to the surface to stop acne-causing bacteria and emit a healthy rosy glow. Since yogurt contains probiotics and lactic acid (a component found in most chemical peels), this ingredient softly exfoliates dead skin cells, clearing up blemishes and discolorations.

Recipe
– ¼ cup plain yogurt
– 1 tbsp. honey
– ½ tsp. cinnamon powder

Instructions
Mix all three ingredients together and spread onto face. Let dry and rinse off using circular motions.

CUCUMBER, MILK, HONEY & BROWN SUGAR

Ron Burgundy was wrong about milk — it’s a great choice! Combined with honey and brown sugar, it’s the perfect exfoliator leaving skin feeling fresh. Add in the soothing and hydrating benefits of cucumbers and this is the perfect face mask to cool skin and prevent water retention.

Recipe
– ½ cucumber
– ¼ cup milk
– 1 tbsp. honey
– 1 tbsp. brown sugar

Instructions
Puree cucumber and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix milk, honey, and brown sugar together, then mix into the puree. Apply on face in circular motion and leave on for 15 minutes.

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Before applying these masks, test on a small patch of skin to see if these blends best suit you. The Hudsucker takes no responsibility for allergic reactions or inflammation. 

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