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Earlier this month, I released 10 ingredients for DIY masks you can find in your household that has a variety of uses! Otherwise known as natural skincare remedies.. So basically, I ended up adding more to the list, and because of how extensive it became, I made it into different parts!

So here’s another ten ingredients you can use around your household/kitchen for DIY masks so you don’t have to spend anymore!


mixed-berries-1024x682_large.jpgBerries: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Cranberries, Goji Berry, etc.

Berries are known to be packed with antioxidants, therefore are anti-inflammatory. Berries protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, protect from free-radical damage, and in addition, blueberries are vascular constrictors, meaning they help decrease redness for those with sensitive skin.

These powerful compounds, often referred to as polyphenols, are primarily found in the fruit and seeds of berries. Their job is to help the plants withstand environmental stressors in the wild, and they can do this for your skin, too.

Paula’s Choice

 Benefits

  • FLAVONOIDS: Powerful Polyphenols that protect the skin from environmental stress
  • anti-oxidant + anti-inflammatory
  • contains Vitamin A (Immune system boost)
  • Vitamin C (Collagen replenishment),
  • Vitamin K (Skin repair)
  • Skin renewal
  • Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium,  Selenium,  Sodium, Zinc

Mask Ideas

  • Radiance Mask (all skin types): Strawberries, Blueberries, Avocado & Lemon Juice. Mash together to create a paste and apply liberally. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse with warm water
  • Antioxidant Mask (normal skin): dried goji berries, plain yogurt, honey and oatmeal. Pre-soak the goji berries until soft. Blend or mash together to create a paste. Apply on clean face for 15-20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Balancing & Antioxidant Mask (Oily/Blemished Skin): 8-10 Raspberries, Aloe Vera Gel, Clay and Honey. Mash together for a paste, add wet ingredients and slowly add clay in to mixture. Apply on clean face and rinse with warm water after 15-20 minutes
  • Nourishing Mask (All Skin Types): Cranberries, Avocado, Chia Seeds & Honey. You’ll need a blender for this. Start with chia seeds, add ingredients slowly until you get a paste. Apply mask on clean face and rinse after 15-20 minutes
  • Other Ingredients You Can Use: Coffee, Oats, Papaya, Banana, Cucumber, Milk, Rosemary, Coconut Oil
  • Can also be used as hair masks!

Other Mask Ideas Can Be Found Here via Fruit Bouquets:

Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple Cider Vinegar is a common household ingredient. There are many uses and benefits to it, so i’ll compile them into a list. ACV is made when apple cider is fermented with yeast and other helpful bacteria. Due to this fermentation process, it creates a compound in the vinegar called acetic acid, known for its antibacterial and antifungal properities.

Warning: if you have sensitive skin, use ACV with precaution!

Benefits

  • Can be used on skin as a toner, face wash, and even spot treatment
  • Known to be used in a mask for hair to help treat dandruff
  • Minimizes premature wrinkles and remove age spots
  • Prevents acne and pimples
  • Heals sunburns
  • Soothes and exfoliates skin
  • Lightens dark spots
  • Many people drink it to aid in digestive health (it’s good bacteria)
  • Regulates blood sugar (improves insulin function, studies shown)

Cons

  • it is ACIDIC
  • can cause severe skin irritation and burns

DIY Ideas with ACV

  • Face Wash: 1/4 of warm water, 1 tablespoon of ACV. Use instead as an alternative to cleansers.
  • Toner: 1 part ACV & 2 parts purified water. Can put into a spray bottle to spritz on to face.
  • Spot Treatment: tab small amount onto the blemish with a soaked cotton swab or cotton ball
  • Eczema Bath: 1 cup of ACV into tub of lukewarm water. Rinse with cool water. Follow with moisturizer.
  • With Clay: mix in a small amount, maybe a teaspoon or less depending on your preference, in with clay. Dilute if necessary.
  • Other Ingredients You Can Mix with ACV: honey, baking soda, oatmeal, avocado, green tea, coffee, and more.

Oil (Avocado, Coconut, Olive, Argan, etc.)


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We all have a wide variety of oil in our household! The most common ones you can use for your skin though are as follows: Olive, Avocado and Coconut Oil. Though there is an endless list of other oils that we do not cook with, there are some oil alternatives you can cook with like almond oil!

All these oils can be mixed with other household ingredients for a hydrating, nourishing face or hair mask. Other ingredients such as: honey, yogurt, cinnamon, sugar, salt, etc. Honestly anything!

Because this list is quite extensive, this will be in a separate post for your convenience. So many great benefits in adding an oil to your routine! Benefits for your skin, hair, nails, etc.

General Benefits for Oil:

  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Great for dry skin
  • Protects skin
  • Can shrink your enlarged pores
  • Great for getting rid of blemishes

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an amazing hydrator for your face, body, lips, cuticles, hair.. Basically anywhere you need to relieve dry skin.

  • packed with nourishing fatty acids
  • keeps skin cells moist and strong by minimizing water loss
  • can be used as a gentle makeup remover
  • can be used in cooking

Olive Oil

  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Therefore great for dry, itchy scalp, and dandruff
  • Rich in Vitamins
  • helps battle lines and spots caused by sun damage
  • Anti-aging

Tea Tree Oil

All around natural fix! Most commonly known for acne and blackheads, you can use tea tree oil for a spot treatment. Contains disinfecting properties so it quickens healing process. Tea tree oil can be diluted into water for a toner as well. Other benefits: dandruff (can be added into any shampoo/conditioner, or you can find products with tea tree oil in them)

Other Oils to Consider & Its Benefits

  • Argan Oil:
  • Castor Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Lavender Oil: not only used for aromatherapy, it relieves tight, itchy skin and protects from environmental aggressors like UV rays and pollution, both causing premature aging

More Oils and its information can be found in the below links provided:

Redbook Mag’s 28 Essential Oils

Goodhousekeeping

Forbes: Best Facial Oils for Every Skin Type

Stay tuned for my List of Oils for All Your Beauty Needs and Why You Need To Start Using One ASAP

Green Tea

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Green Tea is packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and more! Green tea is known to boost brain function and promote weight loss. But green tea has many benefits outside of it being great for the mind and body.

Benefits

  • reduces redness, irritation and swelling (including minor cuts and sunburns)
  • moisturizes skin (green tea contains several vitamins, including vitamin E)
  • anti-atherosclerosis
  • anti-myocardial infarction
  • anti-diabetes
  • antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties help to improve acne and oily skin
  • EGCG is anti-androgenic and lowers lipid levels
  • polyphenols in green tea can be used as pharmacological agents for prevention of solar UVB light-induced skin disorders (such as melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, photoaging)
  • antiaging
  • supplement for:

DIY Green Tea Ideas

  • Puffy Eye Remedy: use your leftover green tea bag (remove excess liquid by squeezing it out), put in fridge for 10-20 minutes to cool, place teabag(s) over your eyes for 30 minutes
  • Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin: Mix green tea leaves (or green tea powder if you have or prefer that instead), baking soda (brightening agent) and honey. Mix together as a paste and apply to your cleaned skin for 10-20 minutes, rinse.
  • Green Tea Toner (mix with a bit of witch hazel if you want as well)
  • Ingredients You Can Mix with Green Tea:
    • Honey
    • Baking Soda
    • Sugar
    • Lemon Juice
    • Yogurt
    • Just water
    • Aloe Vera
    • Olive Oil
    • Clay
    • Witch hazel

Yogurt


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Yes, the yogurt you eat. Yogurt is known for its key nutrients especially for their digestive health help. There a lot of benefits for your skin and hair when used topically.

Beauty Benefits of Yogurt

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Fights acne
  • Fades blemishes and pigmentation
  • Reduces dark circles
  • Treats skin infections
  • Soothes sunburns
  • Conditions hair
  • Reduces Hair Fall
  • Treats Dandruff

DIY Mask Ideas

  • Moisturizing Mask: plain yogurt, cocoa, honey. Mix together until good consistency, apply mask to face and neck, keep on for 30 minutes. rinse with cold water
    • provides elasticity and improves brightness as well
  • Anti-Aging Mask: Yogurt & Oats. Mix together until even consistency, apply over facce and neck, massage in gentle, circular motions. Keep scrub on for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
    • lactic acid in the yogurt helps as an exfoliator
  • Acne Spot Treatment Mask: Dab yogurt on to face with cotton ball for spot treatment. Leave overnight and rinse in the morning with cold water.
  • Acne Mask: Mix yogurt, teaspoon of lemon juice together. Apply to affected areas. Keep on for 15 minutes and rinse.
  • For Dark Circles: Apply yogurt to under eyes with cotton ball. Keep it on for 10 minutes and rinse.
    • anti-inflammatory properties reduce puffiness. Lactic Acid helps reduce the persistent dark circles
  • Skin Infections (including athletes’ foot): Apply yogurt over infected area, wrap in gauze. Repeat 2x daily until infection goes away.
    • Probiotics in yogurt help get rid of skin infections caused by pathogens such as yeast
  • Hair Conditioner: Yogurt, Aloe Vera Gel, and Coconut Oil. Mix together ingredients in a bowl, apply to hair, and rinse thoroughly with shampoo.
  • Hair Loss Mask: Yogurt & Ground Fenugreek seeds. Combine together, apply to strands, keep for hour and rinse with shampoo.
  • For Dandruff: Yogurt alone. Massage into scalp, let rest for 20 minutes and rinse with shampoo
    • Moisturizer for dry hands, cracked heels
    • Whiten teeth with yogurt by massaging it in your teeth

More Ideas and Info can be found here:

StyleCraze

Bananas


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Bananas are known for their high source of potassium, and a great boost of energy. They’ve got a combination of complex carbs, amino acids, natural sugars and other minerals that provide the natural boost of energy.

Benefits of Using Bananas Topically

  • contains vitamin A: restores moisture repairing dry skin, heals dry skin, fades acne scars and dark spots, anti-aging
  • contains B-vitamins: protects against free radicals
  • contains potassium: hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated skin
  • contains zinc: fights acne causing germs
  • contains vitamin C: production of collagen, fights off free radicals, oil control
  • contains vitamin E: protects from UV damage, slows down aging, fights free radicals
  • deep conditions hair
  • treats dry feet
  • relieves tired, puffy eyes
  • Relieve itchy mosquito bites
  • anti-inflammatory properties: reduce appearance and redness of skin
  • eating banana before bed may help you fall asleep; the potassium and magnesium help relax muscles and promote sleep
  • whitens teeth

Risks of Bananas

  • allergic reactions including itchy skin, red rash or hives, skin swelling, sneezing
  • Use extra caution with bananas if you’ve ever had a reaction to:
    • apples
    • avocados
    • kiwi
    • potato
    • tomato
    • celery
    • carrots
    • melons
    • papaya
    • chestnuts

Ways You Can Use Bananas

  • Topically to treat your dry, cracked feet. Mash 2 ripe bananas, apply to clean, dry feet. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse.
  • Tired Puffy Eyes: Banana peel on your eyes! Let sit for 15-20 minutes, remove peels and rinse with cool water
  • Teeth Whitener: Cut piece of the peel, gently rub on teeth for a couple minutes. Wait 10 minutes before brushing teeth with toothpase.
  • For Oil Control: Banana face mask with lemon juice and honey. Banana acts as a exfoliator here. Mash ripe banana, combine with raw honey and lemon juice. Rinse with water.
  • Banana Hair Mask Ideas: Mix Banana with one or two of the following: honey, olive oil, papaya, egg, coconut milk
  • Other Ingredients You Can Use to Mix: turmeric, baking soda, orange juice, yogurt, clay, lemons, avocado, oatmeal

More Hair Mask Ideas Can Be Found Here:

Femina

Yeast


Yeast has been used for centuries for skin and hair health.

Benefits

  • source of proteins, essential amino acids and vitamin B
  • beneficial for nervous system and immune system
  • cleanses skin
  • fight acne
  • vitamin B stimulates hair growth, making it stronger and more resistant
  • anti-aging
  • brightening
  • collagen-producing
  • hydrating

Side Effects

  • excessive dose may cause intestinal disorders, such as diarrhea and flatulence, eczema and rashes
  • high content of vitamin B12 may worsen acne
  • those with known allergies should avoid using products with yeast

Some vitamin, mineral, and benefits of yeast mask are as follows:

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 will decrease excessive skin dryness and acne. When used regularly, Vitamin B6 in yeast mask prevents dry skin and formation of acne.

Vitamin B2: Vitamin B2, also known as “riboflavin”, helps stimulate skin renewal by triggering new skin cell production. This vitamin is also found in ointments used in the treatment of skin problems such as dermatitis and eczema.

Vitamin B3: Vitamin B3 (niacin) found in the fresh yeast are important vitamins for both hair and skin health. Yeast mask protects against acne formation by providing vitamin B3 needed of the skin and reduced the healing period of existing acne. This vitamin that helps keep the skin moist is among the recommended vitamins to moisten and soften dry skin quickly.

Vitamin B1: With strong antioxidant effect, this vitamin will delay aging and negative effects of the skin. It prevents wrinkles and skin spots.

Folic Acid: Effective antioxidant such as vitamins B1, folic acid improves the appearance of the skin when cleansing bacteria that cause acne. It will smoothen the skin when used regularly.

Potassium: Dry skin and scaling are among the first signs of potassium deficiency. Potassium moisturizes the skin deeply, helping to maintain this moist for a long time. Yeast mask is an ideal facial mask especially for dryskin due to high potassium content.

DIY COSMETICS

DIY Yeast Mask Ideas

  • Regenerating Yogurt Yeast Mask: mix yogurt and half table spoon of yeast together. Apply mixture on your face and neck, wait 30 minutes. Wash face with warm water.
  • Nourishing Mask: Honey, Milk, And Yeast. Mix together in a bowl. Apply to face and neck by massaging with fingers, wait for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  • If you have OILY SKIN: add an egg yolk
  • DRY SKIN: 1-2 teaspoon of olive oil or almond oil
  • Oily Skin: 1 tablespoon yest, lemon juice. Apply mixture as thin layer, wait 15 minutes and wash face with warm water. Wash your face again with cold water.
  • Acne Mask: yeast, tea tree oil, lemon juice, and vinegar. Apply mixture on face, wait 15 minutes. Wash face with warm water.

Mayonnaise


Yes, the popular condiment can also be used as beauty remedies as well!

Benefits

  • Moisturizes dry and frizzy hair
  • Calms skin inflammation
  • Soothing facial benefits
  • Strengthens fingernails
  • Relieves sunburn pain
  • Removes dead skin
  • Safe way to kill head lice
  • Removes crayon marks (off wood furniture)
  • Clean piano keys

DIY Ideas

  • Hydrating face mask: spread whole-egg mayonnaise over face, leave it on for 20 minutes, then wipe and rinse with cool water.
  • Fingernail strengthener: just dip your fingernails into a bowl of mayo for about 5 minutes every so often and wash with warm water
  • Elbow & Feet Dry Skin Remover: Rub mayo over the dry, rough tissue, leave it on for 10 minutes, and wipe it away with damp cloth
  • Head Lice: apply liberal amount into hair and scalp before bedtime, best to leave on overnight, cover with shower cap. Shampoo in the morning, and use fine-tooth comb to remove any remaining lice and nits.

Source: Reader’s Digest

Mustard Seed & Oil


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Mustard seeds and mustard sauce are extremely popular ingredients in burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs. Mustard is found in all sorts of cooking as well, however, there are many benefits that we may not know of for hair and skin. Mustard oil has been used for thousands of years in countries like India, Rome and Greece.

Benefits

  • Vitamin rich, mustard seed oil acts as a natural sunscreen.
  • Anti-aging and wrinkle treatment
  • body hydration and detoxifies outer layers of skin
  • Improves skin complexion
  • reduces tan and lightens dark spots and pigmentation
  • deep cleansing and removes impurities
  • fights skin infections
  • antibacterial and antifungal properties, therefore good for detoxing
  • treats fungal infections of scalp, dandruff, scabs and improves scalp health
  • helps premature greying of hair
  • dental care: whitening, preventing or curing tooth decay. deep cleans tooth enamel, removes tartar and plaque with regular use
  • natural stimulant: improves digestion and appetite
  • stimulates sensation in muscles, eases joint pain and arthritis
  • relieves cough and colds
  • insect repellent

DIY Mask Ideas

  • Brightening & Oil Absorbing Mask: Flour, Yogurt, and Mustard Seeds Powder or Mustard Oil to form thick paste. Apply over face for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water
  • Acne & Lightening Skin Spots Mask: coconut oil, mustard seed oil. mix equal parts, rubbing into skin. Improves blood circulation and lightens scars and spots too.
  • Chapped and cracked lip treatment: mustard seed oil topically.
  • Gentle Face Exfoliator: mix mustard seed powder with rose essential oil to gently exfoliate your face.
  • Dental care: Mix mustard seed oil and salt for dental whitening and preventing or curing tooth decay.

To learn more:

StyleCraze

Hergamut

NDTV Food

Cinnamon


Cinnamon is a spice that has been used for thousands of years not just for the aroma, but for its medicinal properties as well. It’s top benefit is the antioxidant properties it carries.

Benefits

  • Antioxidant properties
  • May fight inflammation in your body
  • May protect against cancer
  • May promote heart health
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Improves digestive help
  • Promote oral health
  • Anti-aging (promotes collagen)
  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects treats skin disorders and conditions
  • Antimicrobial and anti-fungal
  • Heals acne and skin blemishes
  • supports blood flow to skin, therefore adding moisture
  • Treats dry skin
  • Treats eczema

Side Effects

  • May damage liver
    • Studies show a 73-year-old woman who took cinnamon supplements for a week complained of abdominal pain, vomitting and diarrhea
  • May lower blood sugar and low blood pressure
  • Can cause allergies
  • May cause issues during surgery (accuracy unsure; would have to look into this!)

DIY Mask Ideas

  • Acne Prone Skin Mask: cinnamon mixed with honey as a paste. apply over face for 20 minutes and rise
  • Hydrating Mask: Cinnamon essential oil with either petroleum jelly or olive oil. Keep mixture away from eyes when applying to face
    • Can be used as a lip gloss substitute
  • Complexion Enhancing Mask: Mix banana, ground cinnamon, yogurt, and lemon juice into a paste. Apply on face for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
  • Other Ingredients You Can Mix Together: Honey, Oil (olive, almond, coconut), Egg, Yogurt, Baking Soda, Turmeric, Nutmeg

There you go folks! Another 10 ingredients you can find around your household that can be used for alternate beauty purposes! Were there any that you didn’t know you can use? Let me know below!

Thanks for tuning in!

With love,

Pris Wong xo

IG: lifewithpriswong

Note: None of the ingredient photos are my own. Credits to original photographers. I searched them up and took them from Google! A variety of sources were used for this blog post, along with my own knowledge.

Other Sources Used

https://www.healthline.com/health/apple-cider-vinegar-for-face#uses

9 Surprising Banana Benefits That Go Beyond Your Daily Dose of Potassium

https://bellatory.com/skin/Benefits-of-Banana-for-Skin

5 Surprising Benefits of Cinnamon for Skin

 

 

Posted by:lifewithpriswong

Toronto Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger. Pris Wong aims to inspire and educate. Pris Wong loves all things dogs, food, and coffee. She owns a little princess of a Chihuahua named Gizmo (or Gizzy) who is raw-fed, has a tabby kitten named Mr. Kitty.

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