This piece was originally published in the March issue of NXG Magazine but after using my ‘Asprin Mask’ tonight after a long time and being chuffed with the results, I felt compelled to rave about these D.I.Y treasures once again.
1. The Asprin Mask
This little wonder costs about 60 pence on average and amazingly, it contains similar ingredients to anti-spot creams. Make sure you have some dispersable asprin, as you will need to be able to crush it easily. Crush the asprin in a bowl with 2-3 teaspoons of cold water. Add one tablespoon of honey, mix and apply to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water. Say hello to smooth, oil free skin.
2. Oat and Banana Mask
Alternatively, if you have dry, dull skin, this is the mask for you. It will refresh, moisturise and revitalise, removing any dry patches. Simply mash up one ripe banana in a bowl, mix with some fresh oatmeal and a dollop of plain yogurt. Apply a thick layer to the face, and relax, preferrably in the bath, as the steam will penetrate the goodness into your skin. Wash it off after 10 minutes and your skin will be reminiscent of velvet. Gorgeous.
3. Berry mask
I sympathise with those who suffer from sensitive skin. This fruit mask is the perfect cheap solution. Take two handfuls of ripe strawberries, which are packed with vitamin C. Mash together with a tablespoon of single cream, the perfect skin calmer. Add one teaspoon of honey for moisturising benefits, and massage into your face for 3-4 minutes. Leave on for a further 5 minutes and wash it off. Sensitive skin? Not me.
4. Tomato and Avocado Salad
Not just great in a salad, these fruits are great for oily, spot ridden skin as they contain antioxidants and plenty of vitamins. Mash a quarter of an avocado and one soft tomato. If you have it at home, also add one teaspoon of coconut oil to get a creamy consistency. Apply liberally to your face and neck, and gently massage in for 5 minutes. You are then free to wash it off to reveal a fresh face. Although this one doesn’t smell great, the benefits are.
5. Kitty Cat mask
Don’t be scared. This mask really WORKS for all skin types. Diane Irons, the author of several beauty books, has sworn that cat litter is made of the same ingredients as special clays found in £100 spa facials. You need a bowl of cat litter (it MUST say 100% natural clay) a few tablespoons of water and two drops of tea tree oil. Apply to your face and leave on for 15 minutes, then give your face a two minute massage before washing off. I promise you, you will not regret it.