If you have been following my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of DIY remedies. Over the past few years, I have done my research on how to make your own face and hair masks at home. While sometimes laziness, does take over and I resort to my tried and tested brands, but there is nothing that matches the thrill when you make your own face and hair masks at home.
Make your own face and hair masks at home
Honestly, they are really doable. All that you need is to scout for a couple of ingredients in your kitchen and make your own face and hair masks at home! It really is easy, but as I as said when laziness takes over, I pick up products from my favorite brands to my rescue.
Here are some ways to make your own face and hair masks at home!
Clarifying Oatmeal Mask
While this is for all skin types, I would suggest that people who have sensitive skin should use it at their own risk because the ACV in the mask could cause side-effects on sensitive skin. While oatmeal in the scrub helps to gently exfoliate the skin, the ACV in the mask helps to control excess oil production in the skin.
What you need
- 3 tbsp. finely ground oats
- 1 tsp of fine brown or white sugar
- 1/4 tsp. apple cider
- 1 tsp of rose water (you can use more if you want the mask to be of a drippy consistency)
- One drop of lavender essential oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a clean bowl.
- Cleanse your face with a chemical-free facewash.
- Apply the mixture on the face and neck.
- Let it stay till it is half-dried.
- Pat the face wash with wet hands.
- Rub in circular motions to boost blood circulation and exfoliate the dead skin.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Follow up with a serum/ face oil or a moisturizer.
The No-Fuss Sugar Hand Scrub
WHAT YOU NEED:
- A teaspoon each of white and brown sugar
- Half a teaspoon of olive oil
- 1/2 tsp of powdered cinnamon
- 2 tsp of honey
Mix two teaspoons each of honey and sugar and whip it for about a minute. Add half a teaspoon of olive oil and mix for about 2 minutes. Add the cinnamon powder and whip for another minute. Store in an airtight jar. By the way, this is also a brilliant hand scrub!
Rice and sesame body scrub
WHAT YOU NEED
I am giving you the quantity that is required for a one time use. Since you cannot store this scrub and it has to be made fresh, it is best to make it as and when you need it.– 3 tablespoons of white sesame seeds (unroasted)– 3 tablespoons of any white rice. This is one of my go-to body scrubs when I want to exfoliate the dead skin and feel fresh and dewy.
MAKING THE SCRUB
Mix the sesame and rice and wash under running water till the water is clear. Drain well and add enough water to soak the rice and seeds in it. The level of the water should not be above or below the rice and sesame seeds. Let it soak for at least 7 – 8 hours. Drain the water if any and make it into a very slight coarse paste in the mixer. Your scrub is ready to use. The rice granules should not be very coarse as it can cause skin abrasions.
USING THE SCRUB
- If you want, you can add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil since this a fragrance free scrub. I like to use it as is, but the essential oil is optional.
- Wet your skin and dab this scrub all over your body.
- Massage slowly in circular movements to boost the circulation and nourish the skin.
- The oils are a part of the scrub so it acts like a deep nourishment for your skin.
- The slightly coarse granules of rice help to exfoliate the dead skin.
Healing hair mask
A good healing mask provides the much needed nourishment to the hair and the scalp. When you use pure coconut oil and add a few hair nourishing essential oils, you are promised with good hair.
What you need:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw and organic honey
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
Blend these ingredients in a dry glass bowl and apply from the roots to the tips of your hair. Use a shower cap to cover the hair and let it stay for at least an hour before you rinse it off with a shampoo and follow it up with a conditioner. Use this hair mask at least once a fortnight to nourish your hair.
Brightening Face Mask
You want to look all bright and happy for your festive pictures, since that’s what most people are going to see this year! This brightening face mask combines the antioxidant Vitamin C of lemon juice along with the moisturization of honey and the golden glow of turmeric. This mask brightens the complexion, dulls scars and also acts as an antibacterial agent to prevent breakouts due to infection.
- 3 tablespoons oats
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- Face waters/ Toners *
Grind the oats to a fine powder. Mix in the honey, turmeric and face waters. Make a paste and apply all over the face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rise off a few times. Use rose water in the final rinse to get rid of any yellow tinge. For face waters and toners, look up the range of face toners from Juicy Chemistry. I prefer their simple Aloe toner and the Helichrysum & Vetiver toner which I also use. Use the code Pratibha if you shop from anything on their site to get some extra love from them!
Another option for face water is the Pure Rose Hydrating Mist from Daughter Earth that works like a charm even when used as is!
And if you are too tied up for time, look up the Mamaearth Vitamin C Facemask that is sure to revive dull skin instantly!
Antioxidant Face Mask
Nothing spells pampering like chocolate.. or coffee!! This mask combines the intense antioxidant power of both ingredients. This helps to reverse sun damage, fight signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines while also perking your skin up, by promoting the production of collagen.
- 1 tablespoon natural cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons unused coffee grounds
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup yogurt
Mash the banana. Mix in the cocoa and coffee and as much yogurt as needed to make a paste. Use a brush to apply this all over the face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
As usual, running helter-skelter for time and you love the coffee to wake you up? Nothing beats the Coffee, Charcoal and Clay Mask from Mamaearth that rejuvenates your skin.
There you go! Isn’t it so easy to make your own face and hair masks and scrubs at home? Do you have a favorite skin care or hair mask to share? Or even a scrub! Leave your comments, it may just be featured with due credits to you in my next blog post!