We’re talking DIY facial treatments made from common foods found in your kitchen, PLUS food-infused masks.
Ever looked up on foods that are good for your skin? While eating well is no secret, did you know you could feed your face the same goodness too? We’ve got just the fix for you.
DIY Facial Treatments
Rather than ingesting these foods, they’re good for the skin too. Slather on these foodie fixes, sit back and let them go to work.
1. Skin-Brightening Lemon Mask
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and AHAs – making them excellent for facial treatments. However, the high acidity leaves the skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays. Never leave the house without washing off any lemon you’ve applied on your face, and always apply sunscreen and moisturiser after treatment.
You’ll need: Lemons and water (or olive oil).
Instructions: First, test your skin’s sensitivity by rubbing a bit of lemon juice on a small section of your face. Feel okay, with no adverse reaction? Then, dilute lemon juice with a bit of water or olive oil before application, and rub the mixture into your skin. Leave on for up to 30 minutes before washing off.
2. Soothing + Moisturising Honey Mask
Commonly used as a healthier alternative to sweeteners, honey possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Its high sugar content also makes it a humectant – a substance that draws moisture from the atmosphere. Honey can be applied on the face alone.
You’ll need: Raw unprocessed good quality honey.
Instructions: Cover your face with a layer of honey and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Wash it off. Your skin should look brighter and feel more supple.
3. Puffy Eyes Fix Tea Bag Remedy
Don’t throw out those tea bags after you’ve finished brewing a cuppa! You can use them to treat puffy eyes and dark circles, as black and green tea, in particular, are said to be able to reduce swelling.
You’ll need: Two recently brewed, cooled tea bags.
Instructions: Leave one tea bag under each eye for up to 15 minutes. Rinse off any tea residue when done.
4. Green Tea Sugar Scrub
Green tea is not only a superfood, it is believed to help you achieve better skin, too. This homemade scrub uses ingredients you may already have lying around in your kitchen. As it is made fresh without preservatives, it is best to finish each batch as soon as possible.
You’ll need: One cup granulated white sugar, 1/8 cup grapeseed or olive oil, and 1/8 cup cooled green tea. One green tea bag. A few drops of green tea or jasmine essential oil (optional).
Instructions: Combine sugar, oil and brewed tea to form a wet paste. Pour leaves from the tea bag into the mixture, and mix thoroughly. Use it as a body scrub to exfoliate skin.
Food-Infused Facial Masks
These sheet masks feature delicious ingredients designed to give you a glow.
1. Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask
Sheet masks became popular thanks to the K-wave, and for many people in Singapore, Etude House played a big part in their first foray into Korean beauty. Etude House offers a plethora of sheet masks, but its ultra-thin 0.2 Therapy Air Mask is a firm favourite. With edible-sounding options like Strawberry, Pomegranate, Lemon and Green Tree, they are suitable even for sensitive skin. ($1.90 per piece, etude.com)
2. THANN Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask
Featuring four main ingredients said to have anti-age properties – green tea, pineapple, yuzu and neroli – this mask claims to brighten your skin. Its Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid ingredients help protect against free radical damage and moisturise the skin. Pineapple extract gently exfoliates it. ($45 for 4 pieces, thann.com.sg)
3. Saturday Skin Intense Hydration Mask
This hydrating mask contains watermelon and aloe leaf extract, which help to soothe, hydrate and refresh skin. Hyaluronic acid replenishes moisture, and the mask is also said to be loaded with antioxidants. Skin concerns it addresses include dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, and redness. ($9.00 per piece; sephora.sg)
4. Huxley Glow and Brightness
A brightening sheet mask infused with prickly pear seed oil, it aims to give skin a radiant glow. Cactus extract provides antioxidant properties that can protect the skin from harmful environmental stress. This sheet mask emulsifies when mixed, creating a milky essence that claims to soothe and improve skin tone. ($12.50 for 3 pieces, huxley.sg)
5. Starskin Orglamic Pink Cactus Mask
This two-step oil sheet mask treatment aims to infuse skin with antioxidants from seed and cactus oils, which is said to result in visibly firmer and radiant skin. To use, first apply the oil capsule to moisturise and soften a dry complexion. Next, put on the cactus extract-infused sheet mask to restore skin’s natural balance. ($25 per sheet, sephora.sg)
Looking for a Simpler Solution?
Nothing else naturally pampers and plumps the skin better than good old water. Natural Springs Australia gets its pristine H20 from Victoria’s Black Hill Mountains. Order a bottle ($19 for five gallons) and get a dispenser delivered straight to your house.
Some text adapted from thefinder.life for The Finder Issue 306, March 2021 / Additional Reporting by Isabel Wibowo / Photos: Courtesy of respective brands + 123RF.com
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