These face masks are bananas


Photo Credit: Alethea Jadick

Healthy items from your fridge are a great substitute for expensive facial care products. Simple face mask recipes can be found everywhere and are easy and inexpensive to make.

by Alethea Jadick, News Manager

The stress of midterms and harsh cold winds may thrash at our skin, but we can turn to household items to help maintain healthy skin. With every passing day there seems to be a new facial trend that sends everyone running to the mall, their wallets open to spend far too much on facial products. For students with limited time and money, these ten household items could change the way we treat our skin forever.

  1. Bananas: Smoothies and banana splits are not the only things this fruit is good for. Mashing up a plain banana and applying it to your face for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water will help moisturize your skin, leaving it soft and radiant. Additionally, combined with ¼ cup of plain Greek yogurt and 2 teaspoons of honey, bananas can naturally fight acne and oily skin.
  2. Eggs: Whisking up eggs and applying them straight onto your face will help get rid of dead skin cells and make your skin glow. Let the mask sit on your face until tight, and then rinse it off with warm water.
  3. Oatmeal: A mask combining the yolk of an egg, one tablespoon of olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, and half a cup of oatmeal will rid your face of natural oils that pile up during the day. If you have notoriously oily skin, this mask is for you.
  4. Avocado: Whether you pile them onto your skin or simply eat them, avocados are rich in healthy oils and nutrients that help your skin glow and grow in a healthy way. Leave half a smashed avocado mixed with one teaspoon of plain yogurt and one teaspoon of honey on your skin for up to 15 minutes to let your skin fully absorb the mask.
  5. Brown Sugar: Equal parts brown sugar and coconut oil, all you need to know for having soft healthy skin.
  6. Baking Soda: If blackheads are bugging you, mix lemon juice and baking soda until you have a thick paste. Layer it on your skin until the mixture is hard and wash it off with warm water.
  7. Turmeric: This spice can be used for various things including boosting immune systems and helping the digestive system. Paired with coconut milk turmeric makes a mask that will get rid of notoriously dry skin.
  8. Lemon: Typically, lemons should be kept as far away from your eyes as possible. However, paired with the yolk of an egg lemons can reduce redness of the skin in under three uses.
  9. Coffee: Thickly ground coffee combined with room temperature coconut oil can be used as an exfoliating scrub for your face and entire body.
  10. Dark Chocolate: Plain dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, which are enriching for your skin. Melt down the chocolate and let it cool long enough to be applied to your skin. Delicious to eat and good for your pores.