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Facials You Can Make At Home – Part II

Part II: Brightening, Exfoliating, Anti-Aging

It’s easy to catch cabin fever while stuck at home during self-isolation, especially if you’re used to being on the go seven days a week. But being stuck at home isn't all bad, it actually comes with a few perks! And with nowhere to zoom off to first thing in the morning, one of those perks is *finally* having time to focus on self-care.

A classic homemade facial is the perfect way to destress, but it’s an added bonus if that facial is functional as well as relaxing. Blemishes, dry skin, pigmentation—whatever your skin needs help with right now, one of these simple facials will do the trick. And the best part? They can be made easily with items you likely already have lying around the house. So, light a candle, put on some music, and treat yourself to some you-time.

TIP: for the best results, apply the facial to clean skin

Brightening Turmeric, Honey, & Lemon Facial

It’s retinol in a facial! Turmeric is used in many cultures to fade the appearance of redness, scars, and hyperpigmentation. As is lemon, which tightens the skin and packs a big punch of vitamin C to shrink scars. And raw honey is another natural antibacterial ingredient, filled with antioxidants. If you’re looking for brighter, tighter skin, this facial is made for you.

Directions: I will warn you—turmeric is a strong ingredient that can stain, so keep that in mind when making this facial. First, mix a ½ teaspoon of turmeric with 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Next, add the juice from ½ a lemon and mix the ingredients together. Lastly, apply to the face and let it sit for 10 minutes. When rinsing, remember that turmeric may require a bit more effort to remove from the skin.

Exfoliating Coffee, Honey, & Brown Sugar Facial

If it involves coffee, I’m here for it. The face needs proper exfoliation every so often to remove dead skin, and if you are sensitive to the harsh ingredients in many exfoliating soaps and scrubs, then this facial is a gentle alternative for you. Coffee, as it turns out, is probably packed with the most skin health benefits on this list and can act as a great gentle exfoliant. And brown sugar is much the same, perfect for those who are sensitive to more abrasive exfoliants. This facial will help to gently polish away dead skin, revealing a new, healthy glow. And you’ll smell like a cafe, which isn’t so bad.

Directions: First, pour 1 tablespoon of coffee and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar into a bowl. Next, add in 1 tablespoon of honey and mix it all together. Finally, massage into the skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Anti-Aging Red Wine, Yogurt, & Cocoa Facial

I’m not kidding—red wine and chocolate! —this one’s real, and so are the benefits. If you’re looking for some anti-aging magic, give this fun and fancy facial a try. Red wine contains a large number of antioxidants, perfect to combat signs of aging in the skin. Cocoa powder reduces inflammation, increases elasticity, and smells fantastic. I mean, I can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t put these two superpowered foods on your face.

Directions: First, mix 1 tablespoon of plain, unflavored yogurt and 1 tablespoon of red wine into a bowl. Next, add in 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and mix the ingredients together. Finally, apply to the face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Try them all—these masks are as easy and foolproof as they come and will definitely add some self-care fun to the mundane of everyday life at home.