Does your skin need some extra glow? Are you struggling with enlarged pores? Does your skin just need some help, period? Well, I understand and when I tell you I’ve been through the ringer when it comes acne, I am soooo serious. I used to never know what to do because the doctor would prescribe things and they would be super expensive and never work. I got so fed up with trying to figure out what would work and the fact that nothing did drove me absolutely crazy. To save y’all from the horrors that I went through, these are my two favorite do-it-yourself face masks.
Oatmeal and Honey Mask
I know it sounds like breakfast, but this mask works and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to make. One day I asked my grandma what should I do about my acne, because like I said before, your good sis here was going through it. She told me about this remedy and how she used it when she was younger. I was skeptical. Would this actually make a difference on my face? I said thank you for the advise but didn’t take it. Even though I didn’t try the mask my sister did. I didn’t even peep the fact that her skin was glowing and clearing up. So yeah, this is really good for detoxing your face and cleaning up any previous acne scars.
*Ingredients: 2 tablespoons oatmeal (be sure you grind it), 2 tablespoons honey, ½ tablespoon lemon juice, and 4 drops tea tree or lavender essential oil (I usually use both but you don’t have to; they are very strong.)
Aloe Vera Mask
So my sisters and I were having a competition on who could make the best of something and I was just like, “Boom! Let’s make a face mask with what we have in the kitchen.” Now I already knew aloe vera works wonders by itself so it had to be on my list. Since one of the rules of the competition was that we couldn’t look anything up. I grabbed some brown sugar and almond milk, and was like, “Hey, this just might do something.” So after the competition (I didn’t win lol), I got curious to see if it would actually work and I found out that brown sugar is a great exfoliator and almond milk gives your skin vitamin e while also providing protection from sun damage.
*Ingredients: ¼ cup of brown sugar, aloe vera leaf (gel), and ⅛ cup of almond milk
Apply whichever mask you chose to a freshly washed face. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off. You don’t have to do this every day but a couple of times a week is good. Both masks really make a difference to your skin over time and if any of you reading can relate to my struggle, I can promise you that you won’t have any regrets.
By Karizma Rainey, Junior, Gwendolyn Brooks