A simple guide to making your own face mask on your lunch break

If you’ve always wanted to make you own skincare, now is the perfect time.

Self-isolation makes for the perfect excuse to indulge in some much needed self-care. The latest lockdown rulings mean beauty salons are out of the question so we’re looking to at-home solutions to get us through.

If your skin is feeling the brunt of your emotions, these DIY face masks will help relieve some of the stress – from brightening sallow skin to clearing congestion and soothing irritation. We’ve got you covered with our easy-to-make, straight-from-the-pantry recipes.

Related: Hands fried from all that sanitiser? We have a homemade solution.

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Brightening Turmeric, Lemon and Honey Face Mask

You’ll need:

  • 1 tsp honey or Manuka honey
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • A squeeze of 1/2 a lemon

Not only is the bright yellow colouring of turmeric great for evening skin tone, the spice also contains powerful antioxidant curcumin which has anti-inflammatory powers.

Pair that with vitamin C-rich lemon juice, a beauty hero for skin brightening, and the healing and hydrating powers of honey and you’ve got a three-ingredient homemade potion that’ll work to help fade the appearance of dark spots while lifting sallow skin.

Combine all ingredients, apply all over face and leave until dry or for 10-15 minutes.

Exfoliating Baking Soda and Water Face Mask

You’ll need:

  • 2 parts baking soda
  • 1 part water

Baking soda has the ability to clear up congestion and gobble up blackheads – even Kendall Jenner is a fan.

Mix together to create a scrub-like consistency, rub into T-zone like you would an exfoliant before leaving to set for a few minutes.

Calming Oat, Honey and Yoghurt Face Mask

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp finely cut oats
  • 1 tbsp Greek or natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp honey or Manuka honey

Oats have long been used in skincare and are known for their healing and soothing properties – especially when it comes to sensitive skin or skin prone to eczema. Mixing them with probiotic-packed yoghurt and humectant honey can help to create a cooling and nourishing mask for inflamed or irritated skin conditions.

Mix all ingredients together and use a paint or skin brush to apply all over. Leave for ten to 15 minutes.

More essential coronavirus reading:

How Australians should sensibly prepare for a COVID-19 pandemic, the most dangerous myths to not buy into, why surgical face masks aren’t the answer, the five-step hand washing method to memorise, the proper way to use hand sanitiser, why hand dryers are a part of the problem and the seven most effective ways to protect yourself, according to a doctor.