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my grandmother-approved homemade masks

At PAYARU, we are huge fans of Do-It-Yourself natural skincare. I mean, we started our own skincare business because we didn’t like the “natural” products out there on the market now and took matters into our own hands. 

If you are looking to create natural skincare with ingredients you have at home, then look no further. These recipes are simple and made with only a few ingredients. Not only will these save you loads of money, but also are good to have in your skincare arsenal. 

As a general rule of thumb, we like to focus on using these ingredients in our masks:

  • Fruits: especially those that are excellent sources of vitamin C (kiwis, strawberries, oranges, papayas, guavas) to help brighten up the skin.
  • Yogurt: the lactic acid in yogurt can help break down dead skin cells and also chemically (and gently) exfoliate your skin. 
  • Honey is antibacterial and can help smooth the skin’s texture.
  • Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory properties, can transform dull skin to glowing skin.
  • Oils (pure oils, such as almond, jojoba or coconut or from foods such as avocados) can heal and protect the skin. 

Generally, masks should be applied to freshly cleansed skin and after the mask is removed, the skin should be moisturized. Without further ado, here are a list of face masks we love and use on a regular basis:

MOISTURIZING AVOCADO MASK

2 tbsp of mashed avocado

Drops of lemon juice 

1 tbsp yogurt 

Drops of almond oil (optional)

Mix it all together until it’s a paste. Apply to the face and neck with gentle upward circular motions. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. 

BRIGHTENING PAPAYA MASK

2 tbsp of ripe papaya

1 tbsp yogurt

1 tsp honey

Mix it all together until it’s a paste. Feel free to adjust the liquid content (water) if it is too thick. Apply to the face and neck with gentle upward circular motions. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. 

OIL-CONTROL STRAWBERRY MASK

2 strawberries, mashed

Drops of lemon juice 

1 tsp yogurt 

Mix it all together until it’s thick. Apply to the face with gentle upward circular motions. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. 

GLOWING TURMERIC MASK

1 tbsp ground oats or chickpea (besan) flour

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp yogurt

1 tsp honey

Mix it all together until it’s thick. Apply to the face with gentle upward circular motions. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes and to take the mask off, gently rub your face in circular motions to exfoliate and rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. 

CLARIFYING OAT MASK

1 tbsp ground oats (grind rolled or quick oats in a blender)

1 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

Mix it together until it’s a paste. Feel free to adjust the liquid content (water) if it is too thick/runny.  Apply to skin and let sit for 15 minutes. To take the mask off, gently rub your face in circular motions to exfoliate and rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. 

SOOTHING FENUGREEK MASK

Fenugreek (methi or uluva) is a plant, who’s seeds and leaves are common additions to Indian foods. Fenugreek is generally known for its cooling properties.

1 tbsp of fenugreek seeds

Water to soak 

Soak the seeds overnight and grind them into a paste with a little bit of water. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let sit for 15 minutes. To take the mask off, gently rub your face in circular motions to exfoliate and rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. 

SOFTENING MUNG BEAN MASK:

1 tbsp of PAYARU Cedarwood Mung bean face scrub

1 tsp water

1 tsp yogurt

Mix it together until it’s a paste. Feel free to adjust the liquid content (water) if it is too thick/runny.  Apply to skin and let sit for 15 minutes. To take the mask off, gently rub your face in circular motions to exfoliate and rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. 

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