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

    • So What Happened Last Night In Sweden? Donald Trump Saw It On Fox News – Update

      Updated 2:07 pm Sunday, with Trump response  President Donald Trump has explained his Sweden comment: He saw it on Fox. “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,” he’s just tweeted. My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19…

      Deadline
    • Inside Edition
    • Walking Dead Recap: Little 'Right' Lie

      Last week’s midseason premiere of The Walking Dead left us with questions — big ones. Why did being held at gunpoint by a group of strangers make Rick smile? Who’s been spying on Alexandria? Why did Gabriel clean out the pantry? With whom did he drive off? Helpfully, Sunday’s excellent hour answered them all (and so […]

      TVLine.com
    • Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One Another

      Police said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

      Inside Edition
    • Father and Son Killed in Head-On Collision After Their Cars Crash into Each Other While Returning Home

      Alabama investigators claim that alcohol played a considerable role in a horrific head-on collision that killed a father and son that were driving separate vehicles early Saturday. According to AL.com, Jeffrey Morris Brasher, 50, and Austin Blaine Brasher, 22, were both killed in a crash that occurred shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday. • Pick up PEOPLE’s special edition True Crime Stories: Cases That Shocked America, on sale now, for the latest on Casey Anthony, JonBenét Ramsey and more.

      People
    • Under Armour made some huge mistakes that are turning into a nightmare

      Under Armour isn't cool anymore, according to a recent analyst note. 

      Business Insider
    • Plus-size model Hunter McGrady looks amazing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and on the red carpet

      Hunter McGrady is amazing body-positive role model in the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

      Hello Giggles
    • On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

      PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Plug your noses and ready your "Juche fertilizer." It's time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.

      Associated Press
    • J.K. Rowling has the best response to Trump's non-existent Sweden attack

      The internet can't get enough of President Donald Trump's "last night in Sweden" remarks, including, of course, J.K. Rowling. Never one to shy from a little fun at the expense of the U.S. president, the author joined in on Twitter's response to Trump's confusing reference to a terrorist attack that didn't actually happen. SEE ALSO: Internet turns to @Sweden on Twitter after Trump appears to invent terror attack Literally the biggest incident of Sweden last night was a horse called Biscuit being rescued from a well. https://t.co/CAYsHhpt6z — Grapey (@Grapeykins) February 19, 2017 #MakeBiscuitDryAgain https://t.co/C7rPpZrcNf — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 19, 2017 Naturally, Rowling's hashtag kicked off a whole new riff on Trump's Sweden comments.  Poor Biscuit, after #BowlingGreen, why didn't Sweden see this coming and do something to prevent such an atrocity? #MakeBiscuitDryAgain — Bren (@bnboring) February 19, 2017 Thanks to your prayers @jk_rowling Biscuit soon dry again #MakeBiscuitDryAgain @ChelseaClinton pic.twitter.com/shs4SnlM7P — Leif Pagrotsky (@leifpagrotsky) February 19, 2017 What's that, Lassie?! Who fell down the well?? #swedenincident #MakeBiscuitDryAgain https://t.co/6Aoc9yfzz0 — MJ (@meencat) February 19, 2017 A quick refresher: During a speech at a rally in Melbourne, Florida, held Saturday night, Trump sandwiched a vague reference to Sweden between references to recent terrorist attacks in Germany, France and Belgium.  From a transcript of his speech:  As many have noted, nothing close to the attacks he referenced in his speech happened in Sweden on Friday night. Even Sweden's former prime minister struggled to make sense of Trump's comment: Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj — Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017 As for the horse, let's all hope its OK after its terrifying ordeal.  [H/T: Huffington Post] BONUS: The secret love affair between Harry Potter and Voldemort

      Mashable
    • Fox News' Chris Wallace to Reince Priebus: 'You don't get to tell us what to do'

      Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus clashed Sunday over President Trump's tweet labeling the media an "enemy of the American people." "I don't have any problem with you complaining about an individual story" or bias, Wallace said. "But you went a lot further than that — or the president went a lot further than that he said that the 'fake media' — not certain stories — the 'fake media' are an 'enemy to the country.'" Priebus pushed back, arguing that the issue is "not just two stories" that may be marred by bias or error but "24 hours a day, seven days a week" of cable news programming that focuses not on the Trump administration's policy accomplishments

      The Week q
    • In pictures: Sunday's FA Cup action (38 photos)

      In pictures: Sunday’s FA Cup action Goalscorer: Ibrahimovic

      Yahoo Sport UK
    • 5 Trucks That Can Start Having Problems at 100,000 Miles

      Thinking of buying a high-mileage truck? Make sure you check for these common issues.

      The Cheat Sheet q
    • Rush Limbaugh talks Trump's relationship with the news media

      The king of conservative talk radio weighs in on 'Fox News Sunday'

      FOX News Videos
    • This dog arrived at a shelter with a seriously detailed notebook from a kid who adored him, and we’re crying

      Today in super cute and completely heartbreaking news, a dog recently arrived at the Humane Society of Utah with VERY specific instructions…

      Hello Giggles
    • Grieving Army Widow Meets Her Husband’s Coffin on Airport Tarmac, Leaving Plane Passengers in Tears

      A touching moment between a grieving military widow and her husband’s coffin was captured on camera by a bystander, giving millions of viewers on social media a window into the heartbreaking and personal effects of war. Lisa West Williams was waiting to exit her aircraft at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Tuesday, when she and her fellow passengers watched a flag-draped coffin being removed from the plane’s luggage compartments. The Oklahoma native was an Echo in the Special Forces and was on his eighth deployment when he died.

      People
    • SB Nation q
    • Lisa Marie Presley says she's broke after ex asks for money

      NEW YORK (AP) — Lisa Marie Presley describes herself as deeply in debt and just out of a treatment facility in court papers that accuse her estranged fourth husband of having hundreds of inappropriate photographs of children on his computer.

      Associated Press
    • A historian says Trump's presidency is likely to be the second shortest in history

      Donald Trump's presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed.  Professor Ronald L Feinman predicted that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job "between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841," who died pneumonia and the "199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881," who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin "after terrible suffering and medical malpractice."  Even if his time in office is "dragged out," Feinman predicted that Trump is unlikely to last the 16 months and 5 days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while Head of State in 1850. The 20th-century American history professor, who recently

      Business Insider q
    • President Trump’s Terrible One-Month Report Card

      How to assess the damage after the first 30 days.

      Foreign Policy Magazine