It’s no secret that skincare is a big business. From high-end luxury brands to drugstore staples, there is no shortage of creams, moisturizers, skin rejuvenators, and facial masks on the market promising to transform your skin. But at what cost?
Believe it or not, many beautiful female celebrities are turning to homemade facial masks that were actually popular in your grandmother’s day and before. Not only are these masks often more affordable and natural, but they can also work just as well (if not better!) than their expensive counterparts.
So, how much do you spend a year on skincare products? If the answer is “way too much,” then it might be time to take a step back and try some of these celebrity-approved homemade facial masks.
1. Miranda Kerr’s Cucumber Mask
Miranda Kerr is known for her flawless complexion, and one of her secrets is a simple cucumber mask. Cucumber is filled with nutrients that can be found in most facial creams and masks, making it a great natural option for both oily and dry skin.
For oily skin, puree ½ of a cucumber and mix it with 1 tablespoon each of oatmeal and honey. Massage the mixture into your face in a circular motion, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with cold water and pat dry.
For dry skin, puree ½ of a small cucumber and mix it with 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Massage the mixture into your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before washing off with cool water and patting dry.
2. Julia Roberts’ Honey Avocado Mask
Honey has been touted as a facial ingredient for years, and for good reason. It’s filled with beneficial skin nutrients and is a wonderful hydrator for dry skin. Julia Roberts mixes honey, avocado, and coconut oil for a hydrating mask that can be used as often as you like.
To make this mask, mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and ¼ of a very ripe avocado (mashed easily with a fork). Put a thick layer of the mixture on your entire face, let it stay for 15 minutes, then gently scrub it off and rinse quickly with cold water to close your pores.
3. Katy Perry’s Egg White Mask
Egg whites are great for tightening up large pores and exfoliating your skin, removing dirt from those pores. This is one of the easiest recipes ever – all you need is one egg white! Separate the white from the yolk, beat or blend the white until foamy, then apply it to your face after washing it with warm water to open your pores. Let it stay on for 15 minutes, feel your skin tighten, then remove the mask with a warm washcloth.
4. Jessica Biel’s Avocado Honey Mask
For dry skin, avocado is a perfect ingredient. A ripe avocado, mashed and put directly on your face, is perfect for winter dryness. For even more hydration, you can mix in a bit of honey.
To make this mask, mash a ripe avocado, then add a mixture of 2 tablespoons of hot water and 1 teaspoon of honey. Massage into your face, leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water and splash your face with cold water to close your pores.
5. Gal Gadot’s Cleansing Towel
Gal Gadot, also known as “Wonder Woman,” hates makeup. She sometimes uses a cleansing oil to remove that makeup after a long day, but her preferred method is using a wet face towel, putting it in the microwave for a minute or so, then laying the towel on her face to let the heat pull the makeup off as she gently wipes her face with the towel.
6. Chanel Iman’s Apple and Honey Mask
Apple and honey face masks are used to revive tired-looking and stressed skin, and this combination is dynamite. To make this mask, mix ¼ of an apple and with 1 teaspoon of honey, apply to your face, then wash off after it has dried. For a thicker mask, you can puree 1 peeled and cored apple with 2 teaspoons of honey, plaster it on your face, and wait 15 minutes before washing off with warm water.
7. Hayden Panettiere’s Lemon and Vinegar Mask
If you want more than just an acne wash and want to brighten your skin as well, try this mask recommended by Hayden Panettiere. Mix 2 tablespoons of sour cream, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your face, leave it on for a minimum of 20 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water followed by a cold splash.
8. Beyonce’s Strawberry Mask
Beyonce suffers from oily skin, and her remedy is to cut a strawberry into two pieces and rub them over your face as a “scrub” for about 5 minutes. Leave the juice on your face for another 5 minutes, then wash your face for a smooth, no-oily feel. For a mask variation, mix 2-3 mashed strawberries with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, lather the mixture onto your face, leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and use your fingers to wash your face.
9. Anne Hathaway’s Banana Mask
Anne Hathaway suffers from dry skin, and her remedy is a face mask made up of 1 banana, 2 tablespoons of honey, and just a bit of water. Apply to your face and wait for 20 minutes for a smooth and hydrated feel. For a variation that also cleans out pores, add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the mask.
10. Tyra Banks’ Baking Soda Paste
Tyra Banks is “sold” on the effects of a paste made of baking soda and a small amount of water. Baking soda is a known exfoliant and an ingredient that can help to clean out over-productive oil glands. Mix 1 tablespoon of water with 1 ½ tablespoons of baking soda, slather the mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes (longer for super oily skin), then rinse off with warm water.
In conclusion, skincare doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With just a few natural ingredients, you can make your own facial masks and treatments that are just as effective (if not more so!) than the expensive products on the market. Give some of these celebrity-endorsed recipes a try – your skin (and wallet) will thank you!