If you know what you’re doing—and that can be a fairly huge if—your refrigerator can stock some pretty impressive skin-care recipes. We perused the produce section, spoke to experts, and came up with our favorite you-probably-have-them-at-home ingredients that will do great things to your skin (and are dermatologist-approved).
AVOCADO For Dry Skin – 1 avocado 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon honey Add hydration back into rough, dry skin with this moisturizing mask.
PAPAYA For Dull Skin – 1/2 cup mashed papaya 1 teaspoon honey 1 whipped egg white If you’re searching for a brighter, more glowing complexion—and why wouldn’t you be?—try this baby. The enzymes in the papaya are a natural exfoliator, so they go to work sloughing off dead skin cells, while the honey and egg white bind the mask together.
BANANA For Acne-Prone Skin – 1 mashed banana 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder If you have mild to moderate acne, you might want to incorporate this mask into your regular routine. “Bananas are packed with vitamin A, which promotes skin-cell turnover and helps pores stay clean,” says Zeichner. And while the turmeric powder wards off acne-causing bacteria, the baking soda absorbs the excess oil in your skin.
CUCUMBER For Rough Skin – 1/2 cucumber, pureed in a food processor 1/4 cup milk 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon brown sugar It is cooling, reduces redness, and smells so good that you will feel—for a moment—like you’re in a spa, not your kitchen. This mask exfoliates gently and leaves the skin noticeably softer after just one use.
YOGURT For Sensitive Skin – 1 tablespoon yogurt 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon cocoa powder For sensitive-skin types who experience redness, yogurt is the optimal base for a face mask: It’s rich in probiotics and soothing skin proteins. Flavanols (like the ones you’re adding in the form of cocoa powder) calm irritation, while honey tightens the skin. It’s a gentle yet mighty trifecta.
OATMEAL For Oily Skin – 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, cooled (duh) 1 egg 1 tablespoon lemon juice The acid in the lemon juice goes to work removing excess oil and dead skin cells (it’s all those alpha hydroxy acids packed in there); meanwhile, the oatmeal soothes the skin and calms any patches of redness.
SQUASH For Blemished Skin – 1 butternut squash, pureed in a food processor 1 tablespoon honey 2 drops tea-tree oil This mask packs a big anti-acne punch with the help of squash to boost collagen production, tea-tree oil to fight blemishes, and honey to brighten the skin. Apply it once a week for a glowing and more even complexion.
LEMON For Tired Skin Juice – of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon olive oil Dewy, refreshed, and calm. That’s what we’re going for here. The sugar and lemon work together to exfoliate dead skin cells, while the olive oil hydrates and restores your skin to a healthy, fresher, happier place.
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