Some of the best skin-nourishing, glow-inducing, line-reducing skincare ingredients can be found right in your own kitchen. Try these DIY recipes using organic ingredients to reduce your exposure to toxins and help protect the environment, and get ready to put your best face forward.
1Organic Avocado Banana Yogurt Face Mask
Why we love this recipe: Greek yogurt reduces inflammation and redness, while avocado and banana provide natural moisture.
Directions: Purée banana and avocado, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Apply mask and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Rinse well.
1/4 banana, mashed
1 teaspoon mashed avocado
1 teaspoon Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt Plain
1/8 teaspoon brewer’s yeast
1/8 teaspoon coconut milk
2Organic Pumpkin Enzyme Face Mask
Why we love this recipe: Pumpkin enzymes and lemon juice mildly exfoliate, which translates to brighter skin. Pumpkin seed oil is high in fatty acids, which plump the outer layer of skin.
Directions: Mix half a can of pumpkin with the rest of the ingredients. Apply mask and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well.
1 can pumpkin pie purée
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
3Organic Aloe and Cucumber Mask
Why we love this recipe: Aloe and cucumber are both excellent for soothing irritated, sensitive skin. Aloe contains natural skin hydrators and the high water content in cucumbers cools inflamed skin—especially when chilled.
Directions: Purée the cucumber and aloe together. Apply mask, leave on for up to 30 minutes and rinse with cool water.
1 large aloe plant leaf, washed and chopped
1 cup chopped cucumber
4Organic Tea Toner
Why we love this recipe: High in both skin-healing flavonoids and vitamin C, this toner is great for undoing sun damage.
Directions: Steep the tea in lightly boiling water for 15 minutes. Add the grated citrus and set aside for another 15 minutes. Pour into a jar, seal and leave in the refrigerator overnight. Strain and store your finished toner in the refrigerator. Dab on with a cotton ball after cleansing, or use as a post-cleanse facial splash.
1/2 cup water
1 rosehips tea bag
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
5Organic Oatmeal and Raw Honey Mask
Why we love this recipe: Honey is naturally antibacterial, and oatmeal is incredibly soothing, making this mask ideal for acne-prone skin.
Directions: Combine the oatmeal and warm water and allow the oatmeal to absorb the water. Add honey, mix, and apply the mixture. Leave on for up to 30 minutes. Rinse well.
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup filtered warm water
½ cup raw honey
6Organic Spice Mask
Why we love this recipe: Part DIY, part pre-made, the wide variety of spices and berries in this mask deliver antioxidant protection and vitamin C to reduce skin aging. (Buy the mixture here.)
Directions: Mix the powder and yogurt to create a paste. Apply a thin layer, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse.
1 teaspoon Balanced Guru Antioxidant Masque
1 tablespoon plain yogurt