5 skin treatments you already have in your kitchen

Redbook

View gallery

.
DIY Face Masks

(Photo: Getty Images)

Face masks are the fast pass to a clearer, more radiant complexion. Here, the pros share their secret DIY recipes -- using ingredients you've already got in your kitchen.

Prep your face

A mask is one of the fastest ways to get a healthy glow because it delivers a potent dose of ingredients into your skin," says Francesca Fusco, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

You can apply a mask as often as once a week, but whether you whip up your own at home or buy one at the store, make sure to cleanse and gently exfoliate your skin first, which makes it easier for the ingredients to sink in. (The old advice about steaming your face? Experts say it's just not necessary.)

(See more: Best new beauty products for 2013)


Origins Drink Up mask

(Photo: Philip Friedman/Studio D)


For moisture

Slather on a hydrating mask--it'll make you look dewy, and it plumps up lines so they're harder to see.

Create your own in minutes with this recipe from famed Los Angeles facialist Ole Henriksen, whose clients include Halle Berry.

In a bowl, stir together 1 Tbsp honey, 5 Tbsp dry oatmeal (blended into a powder using a food processor), and 2 Tbsp plain yogurt.

Spread the mix on your face, avoiding your eye area, and leave it on for 20 minutes.

If you have sensitive skin, combine the dry oatmeal powder with ½ Tbsp almond oil, juice from half a lemon, and 1 egg white instead.


Prefer to have someone else do the work for you? We like Origins Drink Up mask, $23; Yahoo! Shopping, or, for sensitive skin, Ole Henriksen Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask, $32; sephora.com, which has anti-inflammatory lavender.


Tea tree face mask

(Photo courtesy of The Body Shop)

For a deep clean

Coat your face with ingredients that draw out impurities and unclog pores. Facialist Joanna Vargas, founder of Joanna Vargas Salon in New York City (Rachel Weisz is a client), swears by this D.I.Y. formula:

Mix together ¼ cup mashed-up strawberries, 3 Tbsp plain yogurt, and 1 Tbsp rice flour or any nut that's been ground into a fine powder. Smooth the paste on your skin, avoiding your eyes, and chill out for 20 minutes.

If you don't feel like playing Top Beauty Chef, go with a clay facial mask such as Freeman's Mint & Lemon Facial Clay Mask, $4; ulta.com, or one that contains tea tree oil, like The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask, $12.17; amazon.com.


View gallery

.
Chilled cucumbers

(Photo: Getty Images)


Don't forget your eyes

While you're pampering your skin, treat your eyes to a little R&R.

Steep two chamomile tea bags in hot water, stick them in the fridge to cool, then place one over each eye after you've applied your face mask.

Or try Henriksen's favorite eye-soother:

Grate a chilled cucumber and wrap it up in gauze or cheesecloth "so it looks like a sushi roll," he says, then rest the roll over your eyes as your mask absorbs.

"The cooling effect feels amazing."






View gallery

.
Remove your mask

(Photo: Getty Images)

Take it off

When your mask is finished, follow these steps to seal in the benefits:

1. To remove a clay mask or any homemade formula, gently wipe it off with a warm, damp washcloth, then apply your usual face cream.

2. When using a store-bought moisturizing mask, simply tissue it off--no rinsing needed--and you're completely done.



More from Redbook:

Date-Night Dresses Under $100

100 Workout Clothes That Make You Want to Sweat

The 75 Most Iconic Dresses of All Time

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • Constant Gym-Goer Ditched Her Cardio Workouts for Powerlifting and Lost 37 Lbs.

      For years, Alice Fields was a cardio queen, who would toil away on the treadmill in the hopes of slimming down. Fields tried this weight loss method unsuccessfully for around five years, and says she “felt trapped in my own body,” until a friend introduced her to powerlifting 18 months ago. “Not only had my strength increased dramatically, but my whole body composition changed.

      People
    • Dear Abby: May I fantasize my husband's a woman?

      DEAR ABBY: I’m a woman, twice married. My first marriage was to a woman who hurt me deeply by lying and cheating. I am now married to a man who, even with his faults, is a wonderful husband. My thing is, I am still strongly attracted to women. I consider myself to be bisexual. When my husband notices that I look at women, I’m honest and tell him what I admire about a particular woman. What I leave out is that I’m turned on by them. He is not open to my actively being bisexual, not even a threesome. Is it all right for me to fantasize when I’m intimate with him that he’s a woman? I know some people fantasize about being with a celebrity or a more attractive mate, but is it all right to fantasize

      Chicago Sun-Times q
    • Bringing Cisco's cash back to the US would cause a rush of dividends, buybacks and M&A, CEO says

      Chuck Robbins says if all goes as planned, it would ultimately create jobs for Cisco.

      CNBC
    • All of the Gorgeous Photos From Mark Ballas and BC Jean’s Dream Wedding (14 photos)

      The Dancing With The Stars pro married his Alexander Jean bandmate at a Nov. 25 ceremony

      People
    • Woman shuts down saleswoman who called her $130 engagement ring 'pathetic'

      When it comes to love, it's not about the money. Quinn and Ariel McRae dated for two years before tying the knot. But a saleswoman where the couple bought Ariel's rings tried to put a damper on the festivities by calling the jewelry "pathetic." "My husband doesn't have a lot, neither of us do," McRae explained in a Facebook post about the encounter. "We scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies, but after almost 2 years of dating we decided that we couldn't wait anymore, so we didn't." "I wasn't even thinking about rings, I just wanted to marry my best friend," she continued, "But he wouldn't have it. He scraped up just enough money to buy me two matching rings from Pandora." The two headed to the store and picked out a pair of rings they could afford — two rings for $130. SEE ALSO: Little boy proposes to his classmate with his mom's diamond ring McRae was was thrilled to get her rings, and then, the couple encountered a saleswoman. "While we were purchasing my rings... another lady that was working there came over to help the lady selling them to us," she wrote. "She said, 'Y'all, can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.'" "I watched my now husband's face fall," she continued. Quinn was already upset that he couldn't his fiancé a more expensive ring, so the saleswoman's words crushed him. "He was so upset at the idea of not making me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn't cost enough money or weren't flashy enough," she explained. "Y'all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring" she proudly posted. "When did our nation fall so far to think the only way a man can truly love a woman is if he buys her $3,000+ jewelry and makes a public decree of his affection with said flashy ring?" McRae quickly shot down the pretentious saleswoman, calmly saying, "It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that is." "My husband was so afraid of me not wanting him because he couldn't afford a piece of jewelry," she posted. "But here I am though, courthouse married, $130 ring set, the love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine." Looks like this marriage is off to a pretty perfect start. Mashable reached out to McRae for a comment, and will update the story when she replies. BONUS: Tom Hanks photobombed a wedding photoshoot in gym shorts

      Mashable
    • Japan's sex problem is so bad that people are quitting dating and marrying their friends

      The Japanese sex problem has become so desperate that its young population are giving up on dating and are just marrying their friends. A Government survey found 69 per cent of Japanese men and 59 per cent of Japanese women do not have a romantic partner. One Japanese aggregator website has since been awash with stories of how people have simply got married to life-long friends. The country has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, with just 8.4 children being born per 1,000 inhabitants over the last five years. Its population of 127m people is predicted to decrease to 87m by 2060. The survey, carried out by the country’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, also

      Business Insider q
    • ‘This Is Us’ Fans Shocked by ‘Shocking’ Fall Finale

      On the midseason finale of This Is Us, Toby surprised Kate by flying across the country to declare his love for her during a Christmas party. "I can live without pizza and cookies and potato chips and whatever that brownie thing was that they were serving on the plane," Toby said. "The one thing I cannot live without, is you." After that speech, Toby and Kate snuck away to express their feelings without their clothes on, but when they were done, it was clear something was wrong. Toby was breathing heavily, and then later, he collapsed, presumably from a heart attack. Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their concern for Toby. Destinee Chrystal wrote "I'm going to be so upset if Toby dies. This is the worst cliffhanger ever," and KayKay tweeted "It took me 6 minutes to process that ending. All I know is Toby better be alive on January 10th."

      Superfan TV
    • Deaths of mom bear, cubs found in church parking lot "highly suspicious," officials say

      WYOMING, Pa.-- A mother bear and three cubs have been found dead in a Pennsylvania church parking lot. The Pennsylvania Game Commission calls the deaths of the sow and the cubs “highly suspicious” and is seeking information. Wildlife conservation officers responded Tuesday to a report of dead bears in the parking lot of St. Monica’s Church in West Wyoming. They discovered a nearly 300-pound female bear and the cubs. The bears showed no signs of bullet wounds or external trauma. The game commission says it plans to conduct toxicology tests to determine the cause of the bears’ deaths.

      CBS News q
    • Boeing responds after Trump knocks contract for Air Force One jets

      Donald Trump declared Tuesday morning that the Air Force should cancel its contract with Boeing to build two new presidential airplanes, asserting that the agreement had a $4 billion price tag. “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. It’s not clear how Trump, who frequently tweets exaggerated or baseless claims, arrived at that number.

      Yahoo News
    • Forget the NES Classic, this $49 console can play all the retro games you want

      Nintendo NES Classic is one of the hottest products of this holiday shopping season, and stores are hardly able to keep up with demand. But it’s not the only console you should consider to get your retro gaming fix. For as low as $49, the RetroEngine Sigma will give you access to a lot more game than Nintendo’s new NES. DON’T MISS: Amazon's 12 best daily deals: Black Friday returns for one 4K TV, deep Apple Watch discounts, more The campaign has a month left to hit the $20,000 needed to move forward with the project, and it already raised more than $13,000 in pledges on Indiegogo. The console is about as big as the NES Classic and supports as many as 28 distinct classic gaming consoles, so it should offer plenty of extra retro excitement, on top of what the NES Classic has to offer. On top of supporting a variety of old consoles, the new system is also supposed to make actual gaming a seamless experience for the user. The RetroEngine Sigma supports wired and wireless controllers, and can be used as an at-home media system. The system runs an Armbian OS desktop and would even let users browse the web, and “write a novel.” Sure, with crowdfunding campaigns there’s always the risk of not seeing the product delivered to your door. But assuming the team behind RetroEngine Sigma will be able to fulfill its promises, you’ll get your new “old” console in April. Head over to Indiegogo to read more about the RetroEngine Sigma console, and watch the following video to get a taste of this tiny desktop PC / retro games emulator concept.

      BGR News
    • 22 heavily armed men post mannequin challenge on Facebook, much to delight of cops

      In the video, they were all clutching firearms of various caliber. Pistols and shotguns hung frozen in the air, their blunt ends aimed at various persons, who remained as still as, well, mannequins. One man was prostrate under the back of a car, as if for cover, the barrel of his shotgun peeking out. Another hid behind a plastic trashcan, flimsy protection if this were a real battle. From one angle, it appeared to be a Madame Tussauds wax museum exhibit — a re-eneacted modern-day gunfight in rural Alabama involving at least 19 guns and 22 young men, frozen in time, scored by the pulsating beat of pounding rap music. It was a version, albeit an edgy and ultimately inadvisable one, of the mannequin

      Washington Post q
    • New Zealand passport robot tells applicant of Asian descent to open eyes

      A New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photograph rejected when facial recognition software mistakenly registered his eyes as being closed. Richard Lee's attempt to renew his passport was blocked after he submitted the picture to an online passport photo checker run by New Zealand's department of internal affairs. "No hard feelings on my part, I've always had very small eyes and facial recognition technology is relatively new and unsophisticated," Lee told Reuters.

      Reuters
    • Julianne Hough Shares Epic Dancing Throwback with a Young Mark Ballas — and They’re Both ‘Tan AF’

      Before Julianne Hough and Mark Ballas were Dancing with the Stars pros, the longtime friends danced side-by-side in competitions as kids — and Hough has epic evidence to prove it! Prior to becoming a household name, Hough and her brother Derek moved in with Ballas’ family (his parent’s Shirley and Corky were family friends) as children — Julianne was just 10 and Derek 13 — to train as ballroom dance pros at the prestigious London dance school Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Witnessing their love be sealed under a beautiful Oak tree in front of family friends was such a special moment.

      People
    • Can’t find an NES Classic Edition? RetroEngine Sigma offers an alternative

      Design company Doyodo Team has launched a crowdfunding campaign for RetroEngine Sigma, a plug-and-play "mini console" and media player capable of emulating thousands of classic video games.

      Digital Trends
    • 17 times Ariel Winter set the red carpet on friggin’ fire in 2016

      There’s so much to love about the hit show Modern Family. And one of our favorite parts is the insanely talented cast –…

      Hello Giggles
    • The best bottle of wine in the world costs $6

      And you can pick it up at Walmart.

      The Street q
    • International Business Times
    • Donald Trump gets tough on China by using Beijing's tactics against them

      Donald Trump's "get tough on China" trade talk may be more than empty campaign rhetoric.

      CNBC
    • Wayne Gretzky: 'I've Told DJ He Has to Be More Like Tiger'

      (c) 2016 Time Inc. Behind the Scenes with Dustin Johnson, 2016 Player of the Year We take you behind the scenes of GOLF magazine's 2016 Player of the Year shoot with U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and family.Wayne Gretzky wants to make sure greatness runs in the family. The NHL’s all-time leading scorer told GOLF Magazine if Dustin Johnson, his future son-in-law, wants to maintain his winning ways, he should try to emulate golf’s great one. “I’ve told Dustin he has to be more like Tiger,” Gretzky said.

      Golf
    • 15-Year-Old Allegedly Decapitated Missing Classmate in ‘Horrific, Horrific Murder’

      Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino walked out the door of his house on the night of Nov. 18 — and was never seen alive again. On Saturday, weeks after his disappearance, one of Lee’s classmates at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with allegedly murdering and decapitating the 16-year-old, PEOPLE confirms. “This was a horrific, horrific murder,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said at a news conference on Saturday.

      People