Zero-Ringgit Masks That Actually Work
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By Mark Mabel
Well, not zero-ringgit zero kind of mask, precisely. But the ingredients to making these homemade masks are everyday-items that you can defo find in your refrigerator or cabinet! So save yourself some precious time and ka-ching from making your way down a beauty salon with these DIY facial masks that you can draw up in less than 10 minutes, while kicking back with a Netflix and chill in your pj’s.
1. For Brighter & Radiant Skin
You will need: 1 tablespoon honey & 1 teaspoon lemon juice
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One of the easiest and quickest to prepare, this honey and lemon juice mask helps your skin in looking less dull and adds a natural glow. If you’re like me, where hustling and bustling in the city under hot son and humid weather is part of work, this mask certainly contributes to a fairer and more radiant skin. Simply mix these two ingredients together and apply onto your face. About 20 minutes to half an hour later, or as the honey becomes tacky, rinse with warm water.
2. To Exfoliate & Moisturize
You will need: 1 whole lemon & ¼ olive oil / sweet almond oil
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If olive oil are lipids known to be beneficial in the overall dietary guidelines, what wonders could it do had we applied it onto our face? Although lemons are acidic and you may think it will create that stinging and acetic sensation on your face, fret not. The olive oil (or sweet almond oil) will balance out and neutralize the acidity of this yellow citrus.
As you combine these 2 ingredients together and give it a good stir, you should get a slightly thick and gooey consistency. Rub it onto the face and leave it be for 10 minutes or so. The motion of rubbing the concoction will help activate the nutrients found in lemon and olive oil, which in return, helps stimulate the epidermis and create a moisturizing effect.
3. Cleansing & Tightening of Pores
You will need: Plain yoghurt (sufficient amount to cover your face), ¼ orange juice, orange pulp & 1 teaspoon aloe
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There are 2 ways to go about this mask. Smear some plain yoghurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. This can help cleanse and tighten the pores of your skin. For an extra kick and a revitalizing treatment, we can choose to add a quarter of orange juice with bits and pieces of its pulp, and a teaspoon of aloe into the plain yogurt. Leave the combination on for about 5 minutes before washing off with warm water.
4. Antibacterial for Acne-prone Skin
You will need: 1 tablespoon Manuka honey & 2 drops pure tea tree essential oil
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It is recommended to use only Manuka honey as it is rich in antibacterial compound, which essentially, helps combat the main source of these silly and appalling bumpy, inflamed spots on our skin called acne – a combination of bacteria, sebum and dead skin cells that bung up the pores.
Blend the 2 ingredients together and apply it thoroughly to a cleansed and faintly dampened face. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse. Frequent application of this mask can help reduce impurities found in and on your face, and ultimately reduce swelling and redness caused by acne, and improve the condition of it.
5. Oily & Greasy Skin
You will need: 2 tablespoons ground oatmeal & 2 teaspoons warm water
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Did you know, that oil blotting sheets are bad for your skin? They may wipe away and absorb the grease off your face but as that takes place, it is simultaneously stripping off the skin’s necessary oils (a.k.a the healthy oil). As a natural reflex action, your skin will then produce more oil to compensate. Opt for a natural and nourishing remedy instead!
You will most likely have rolled oats instead. To ground, use a pestle and mortar! Combine both ingredients together and put the mask on a clean face for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off.
6. Self Pampering
You will need: 1 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon honey & 4 drops fresh lemon/orange juice
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If you’re looking to wind down after a long week, then this mask is the to-go for an overall skin pampering.
Mash the banana and blend with the remaining wet ingredients. Massage onto face and let it absorb for 15 minutes. Then clean with cold water followed by a warm washcloth.
But hey! Ultimately, good skin comes from the inside. So treat your body right – drink heaps of water, eat the good stuff, run a mile and take the rest that you and your body need and you’ll glow from inside and out!