Who doesn’t love a good old traditional face mask. Face masks are my favorite skincare routines; I try to do a few every week. Today, I am going to focus on a simple and ultra-soothing DIY ‘Yogurt & Honey’ face-mask. I generally reach for store-bought fancy masks more than the DIYs mainly because (
I’m lazy) its quicker, but I do try and treat myself to this particular mask every once in a while. When done regularly, it can assure brightening and hydrated happy skin.
The first ingredient, yogurt – the creamy white wonder – has many beneficial skin properties. Its rich in Zinc, which is anti-inflammatory and helps reduce the redness/swelling on the face caused by acne or skin reactions. Zinc also helps regulate oil production in the sebaceous gland, thereby preventing skin from becoming too oily and reducing frequent breakouts. Another key ingredient in yogurt is lactic acid, which (my skin loves) is used in many skincare products that helps exfoliate, moisturize and smoothen rough skin. Yogurt is also jam-packed with calcium, which has great anti-oxidant power being a derivative of milk. All in all, yogurt is an elixir for the skin. Our second ingredient, honey, especially raw or unpasteurized, is a fabulously versatile and all-natural ingredient to use on skin. Being naturally antibacterial, it is great for acne treatment and prevention. It is also extremely moisturizing, full of antioxidants, and soothing to the skin.
To make this mask, mix one table-spoon of yogurt (I make mine at home from organic milk [yes, I do!], you can use any store-bought) with one table-spoon of raw organic honey. I massage the face with this liquefied paste of yogurt and honey for about a minute or two (warning: it drips a lil which is the only annoying part), and then rinse it off after about 20 – 30 minutes. This leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated and radiant. Back home in India, this mask was used by my mother and my sister as a pick me up on special occasions. I guess that’s where I learned about this wonder mask!
Another time I definitely use this mask is when I bleach my facial hair (TMI, I know), which I do once in a couple of months. Doing so, sometimes makes my skin angry leaving it red and bumpy. This DIY mask ALWAYS calms and soothes my skin and brings it back to a normal human face! I use this mask as an anti dote if I happen to over exfoliate my skin and it is also great for after at-home peel sessions. Ditto for sun-burn care! It really works miraculously on the skin.
As you can tell, I swear by this mask! And if you do try it, I can guarantee 100% you would do it again.
Do you have any DIY facial mask or tips that you swear by? I would love to hear from you all…