Take it from an Indian woman whose face was constantly over the kitchen counter while my mom and aunt tried to get one of these face masks on me. I truly believe these masks helped my skin when I was younger. When I moved to the U.S, I started using it more often since the weather affected my skin in ways it hadn’t before.
These 3 face masks can be used alternately on a regular basis (read: at least once a week). Doing this will help your skin extract different nutrients from them regularly. It also makes sure you aren’t doing something that’s repetitive and boring which you ultimately give up on. And all of this in the name of a acne-free face, that is moisturized, fresh and supple.
Also to note is that you can use these exact blends on other parts of your body (again read: armpits, knees, neck, back of neck, feet). And the best thing about all 3 of these masks, is that you most probably have all of these ingredients in your kitchen already! Who has to wait? Not you.
The blends below are measured for the average face, so add more or less depending on surface area. Also, make sure you perform an allergy test first.
1) Chickpea/Gram/Channa Flour + Turmeric + Lemon Face Mask
Grab about a 2-tablespoon of chickpea flour, add about 1/5 of a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add half a lemon’s juice, and add enough water to get to a paste-like consistency. Once you get this nice and blended, add to your face with your hands. You can also use a clean flat makeup brush until you cover the area of your face. As with all face masks make sure you avoid you eyes. Leave it on until it dries like the Sahara desert, and wash it off with warm water.
Let it air dry or use a Kleenex to wipe down. Do not apply anything to your face, allowing your skin to breath in some yummy air. Proceed with your regular face regimen no less than 30 minutes after the mask is off.
2) Coconut Oil + Turmeric + Honey Face Mask
Coconut has so many benefits, including adding it to your food, using it for your oil pulling, and the best – as a hair oil too. It is the oil of oils. And for those who have very dry skin, using this concoction can help moisturize your face while healing it.
Take about a tablespoon of coconut oil, and add 1/5 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Add the three together and heat it for about 30 seconds (do not let it boil). While it is luke warm, use your fingers to apply it to your face and neck, avoiding your eyes. Use circular motions to apply it.
You could optionally use that jade roller (you know you have it stashed away somewhere) to help with the process too. Let it stay on your face for about 20 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. As with the mask above, let it air dry for no less than 30 minutes before you put anything else on it.
3) Yogurt + Turmeric + Lemon Face Mask
Take 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and add yes you know by now – add 1/5 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and add a squeeze of half a lemon in a bowl. Then mixy-mixy until it is fully blended. Apply that on your face and neck. I like to slather it on but then I remain in a horizontal position until its almost dry.
If you are trying to multitask then add a thin layer of it to your face and neck and let it dry before washing it off with warm water. Although, I don’t recommend multitasking when you are trying to have some self care. The yogurt in the face wash here will leave your skin feeling moisturized and soft.
In all three masks above, I have mentioned turmeric. The reason for this is because turmeric has massive benefits that have been part of the Indian culture and cuisine for eons. Read more about turmeric here while you wait for your masks to dry. Also another good use of turmeric is adding it to your food. Learn more about that and the other spices that make up the Indian kitchen, in my post here.
If you are trying out these face masks, you notice that your eyes haven’t been given any love. For that, you can cut up a few slices of cucumber and add a slice to cover each eyelid as you wait for your masks to dry. Cucumber has a cooling effect on the body and we know our eyes need that cooling hydration.
Regular application of face masks does a lot of repair to your facial skin. Not only that, it helps with the circulation of blood in and around your face, feeling like an internal massage is going on.
You can also use a jade rolller pre-mask. If you have a jade roller, you can use that all over your face before applying the face mask. And that is now a double threat to the toxins and dead skin on your face.
Learn about the benefits of jade rolling in my post here.
Do you use any other face masks? Or Jade Rollers? Let me know below!
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Article last updated on January 14th, 2022