March 20 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
I once heard, “the best wrinkle is the one you never get!”
With that being said, the same fresh, natural ingredients you use in your recipes can do wonders for your skin. Whole fruits and vegetables, especially those with anti-aging vitamin C, can fight free radicals, prevent wrinkles, and give you firmer, younger-looking skin.
So go ahead, eat your fruits and veggies! But apply them to your skin, too, with homemade face masks made from ingredients like avocado, pumpkin, and cranberries. Edible DIY face masks are fun, simple, and easier on your wallet than expensive anti-aging treatments. Get into the habit of applying your face mask during your routine skin care regimen, and your skin will look smoother, younger, and more even-toned.
A Closer Look at 6 DIY Masks
You can’t just get youthful skin with positive thinking, you must take your life in your hands and get your fingers dirty for some DIY masks so you can look younger naturally! Not only will they improve your skincare incredibly! Take a look at the six DIY masks below that will make your skin look and feel so much younger.
Cranberries can also help naturally exfoliate lackluster dead skin.
Try this refreshing treatment twice a month.
How to make it: Mix 1 cup fresh cranberries, 1 cup seedless red or green grapes, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 envelope unflavored gelatin at medium speed for 20 seconds, until they have a paste-like texture. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit about 10 minutes. Spread the mixture on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Pumpkin is packed with anti-aging antioxidants and vitamins C and A.
The inside "meat" of the pumpkin can be processed into a thick mask to help hydrate and soften skin.
How to make it: In a food processor or blender, combine 2 cups canned pumpkin, 4 tablespoons low-fat vanilla yogurt, 4 tablespoons honey, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Coat face; leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Honey as a facial treatment may help skin retain moisture. It also heals dry or chapped skin and can give you firmer, smoother skin.
How to make it: Warm a small pot of honey in a double boiler over low heat. After testing a small dab on the inside of your elbow for a safe temperature, apply the honey generously over your entire face. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm, then cool water.
These Green tea bags just may be your new beauty best friend. Green tea is loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds and tannins to help reduce puffiness on your skin.
Green tea also provides antioxidants to fight against premature aging.
How to make it: Chill damp tea bags in the fridge and put on eyes for 10–15 minutes.
The natural grains in brown sugar help exfoliate skin to remove dead skin cells for a healthier glow.
Use this treatment twice a week.
How to make it: (Created by The Body Deli) Pulse 1/2 cup dark brown sugar in a coffee grinder to make it finer and a bit less abrasive (no need to grind if you're using it for your body). Add 3 tablespoons olive oil for extra moisture and, if you want, a pinch of nutmeg for fragrance; stir until it forms a paste. Wet your face, apply scrub in a circular motion for 1 to 2 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Avocadoes are a great source for heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin B and potassium that can also help moisturize the skin and act as an exfoliating mask for dry skin.
How to make it: Mix together one avocado, one egg white, two tablespoons of oatmeal, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply liberally to face, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Do this twice a week and you’ll have softer, supple skin.