DIY Skin Saviours
The leaves are turning beautifully, we're sipping our pumpkin spice lattes and finally getting the chance to bust out the cashmere. Yes, we are enjoying the sweet joys of autumn, but cashmere can only mean one thing; it's cold out! Although we get the chance to look adorable in our leather boots, the chilly air and approaching winter months not only affect just our wardrobes. Skincare during the colder, end of the year months is just as important, if not more, than any time of year. The harsh winds and temperatures tend to dry us out, seal our pours and just take away that softness and glow we had in the summer time. Here are fabulous face masks that are super easy to whip up in just a few minutes, conveniently from your own home! Best of all, they all use products you probably have around the kitchen and in your fridge, making it perfect for beauties on a budget.
Brighten Up A Dull Complexion- Papaya Rub
Slice a piece of raw papaya and remove the seeds and pulp. Rub the inside of the peel gently on a freshly cleansed face. Focus on problematic areas such as fine lines, crows feet, uneven complexion etc. Let it dry for about 15 to 20 minutes, and follow up with a warm water rinse. If done twice a week on a constant basis when treating complexion issues, the enzymes in the papaya will exfoliate and repair minor sun damage as well as help diminish age spots and give you smoother skin overall. Skin will look brighter, softer and have a more polished finish.Exfoliate Chapped Cheeks- Honey Scrub
Combine 1 teaspoon of honey wit 1 teaspoon of olive oil. In a separate bowl, prepare a pack of plain oatmeal, only using a small amount of water and stir until a thick paste is formed. Next, add the honey and olive oil mixture to the oatmeal paste. Apply this to your face (also great for the entire body) as a scrub, gently rubbing in small circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Let it sit for a minute or two and then rinse off with warm water and pat dry. The oatmeal in this scrub exfoliates and rids of flakey skin areas, while the honey and olive oil moisturize leaving you with supple, smooth surface.
Soothe Scaly Surfaces- Honey Mask
Mix 2 heaping tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Lemon juice is a good substitute if you don't have apple cider vinegar laying around. Apply the combination to a freshly cleansed face and leave on to sit. After about 20 minutes, rinse with room temperature water followed by another cool rinse. Honey is a natural antibiotic that heals and moisturizes. Apple cider vinegar (or lemon) helps soothe and balance the natural pH levels of skin.