My Home-Made Skin-Saving Face Mask

For as long as I can remember, I have turned to home-made remedies, in food and on my skin; in my family, there is a cure to be found for most minor ailments in the kitchen and growing up, I was taught to always pay attention to my skin and my body if I want to get the most out of them.

I love a potent serum, effective acids and highly concentrated eye creams as much as the next person, and I have an entire bathroom dedicated to my skincare addiction. I love taking care of my skin; I find it relaxing to focus on me for 20 minutes every evening after a hectic day. I own a lot of face masks, but sometimes I want something cold and soothing, that just feels like it’s been freshly blended for my skin, which is when this simple mask comes in to my beauty regime. It’s nothing new, and there are variations for this and other home-made masks out there, but I wanted to share this simple mix that’s been passed through my family for generations with you.

What is it?

Packed full of superhero skin ingredients like gram flour, Greek yogurt, turmeric and honey, this face mask is versatile and effective. Best of all? You probably have the ingredients in your kitchen.

I use it a couple of times a week and it makes my skin feel soft, smooth and supple, while visibly calming and brightening it in just 10 minutes.

What are the benefits?

Gram Flour

Used in many of my recipes, like this one, gram flour is the ultimate multi-tasking ingredient in your pantry. In this face mask, it cleanses and exfoliates the skin, improving its texture by removing dead skin cells. It’s a popular daily facial exfoliant in India, and because it doesn’t contain coarse granules, it doesn’t cause micro tears in the skin that lead to inflammation.

Greek Yogurt

Cooling and soothing, adding Greek yogurt to gram flour makes it easy to spread on the skin, whether you use your fingers or a brush. It is proven to increase elasticity in the skin and lock in moisture, making the it perfect ingredient for when your skin is dry and in need of some TLC.

Honey

The essential ingredient for dry skin, and I often use it on my lips in winter to smooth and plump overnight.

Turmeric

Used for 1000s of years in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has become a buzz ingredient in skincare over the past few years. I add it to a lot of my dishes because it improves digestion and helps my skin look healthy from the inside out.

Applied topically in a face mask, it acts as an anti-oxidant, providing a natural glow. It soothes and calms my skin, and helps keep it hydrated.

Side Effects

As with anything you put on your skin, be sure to patch test on your forearm 24-48 hours before you apply it to your face to ensure that you don’t have any adverse reactions to the ingredients. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients, it’s best to avoid this face mask.

How do I use it?

I use this mask 2-3 times a week, depending on my skin needs. If I notice that my skin is dry or dehydrated, I immediately up my water intake and put this mask on for 10 minutes, as part of my evening skincare routine.

If you want to give this face mask a go, here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS (makes enough for 2 applications)

1 1/2 tbs gram flour

2.5 tbs Greek yogurt

1/8 tbs of turmeric (just use a pinch because too much may stain your face!)

1/2 tsp honey

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix all the ingredients and use a brush or your fingers to spread a layer on your face.

Once it is dry, I massage it in to my skin with a little water and then wash off using a muslin. I follow it up with serum and my night time moisturiser, as well as eye cream and some lip balm. In the morning, my skin is soft and glowing.

NOTES

You can store the remaining mask in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days

I sometimes add very finely ground oats if I want to add an extra exfoliating ingredient in to the mix

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