If you are travelling on a budget and spending most of your days sight seeing in the sun, we all know our skin can take a beating. Not only from the harsh rays of the sun, but also from the sweat, dirt and grime you pick up on the way.
A great way to soothe and refresh your skin is with a DIY face mask! It’s so quick and easy to do as well as very cost effective for those on a shoe string budget particularly if you stick with seasonal produce.
Here are a few of my favourite face mask recipes for when you are travelling through the tropics.
Banana Tropical Face Mask
If you are suffering from dry, damaged skin this Banana Face Mask works a treat.
The honey acts as powerful antibacterial agent and slows down the skins ageing process by fighting off free radicals. Bananas are so rich in vitamins and minerals that they will leave your skin feeling firmer and with a radiant glow.
Simply, mash 1 banana with a tablespoon of honey and mix until it combines and forms a paste.
Apply the mask thickly to your face and gently rub it into your skin in a circular motion. Allow this to stay on for about 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing throughly with warm water.
Refreshing Citrus Face Mask
For a revitalising cleanse apply this Refreshing Citrus Face Mask.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C, zinc and antioxidants making them a key ingredient for a refreshing face mask. Yogurt contains high levels of lactic acid which is beneficial to skin by helping remove dead cells, smooth and tighten as well as hydrate the skin giving you an even glow.
Simple, mix plain yoghurt with the juice from an orange quarter and add a touch of the pulp. Lather it on your face and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Cooling Cucumber Face Mask
This Cooling Cucumber Face Mask is especially great if your skin is oily or inflamed from sun damage. Those suffering from acne can benefit from this one too!
The cucumber helps reduce swelling and restore facial tissue, but make sure you leave the skin on as it contains most of the Vitamin C.
Simply, dice finely 1/2 a cucumber and add 1tbs of natural yoghurt and 1tbs of honey. Apply on the face and leave for about 20mins before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Mango Yoghurt Face Mask
This would have to be my favourite in terms of flavour, but it is also great for moisturising dry skin especially ultra sensitive skin.
The sweet flesh of the mango contains lots of vitamins A, B and C helping with the overall complexion of the skin. It also contains carotene which helps to restore, rejuvenate and revive you skin given it back its elasticity.
Simply, mash up the flesh 1/2 a ripe mango with a fork and add roughly 3 tbs of natural yoghurt. Apply to your face and leave for 15mins before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
DIY Face Mask Tips
- Keep you ingredients in your face masks simple with a combo limited to two or three.
- Remember to rinse your face with lukewarm water before and after your face mask, washing off any cosmetics or creams.
- If using yoghurt in your face masks, ensure you use natural yoghurt – no flavoured or sweetened products!
- If you make up your own combinations, remember yoghurt acts as a moisturiser and sugar is good for dry skin helping to remove dead skin cells.
- Remember to relax (that’s half the point of a facial) and if you just so happen to get some in your mouth, don’t worry they all taste delicious!