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15 Homemade Face Masks That Will Make You Glow

Create these easy DIY facials in your kitchen on the cheap
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Homemade Face Mask No. 12: Skin-Restoring Avocado Mask
Try it: When your skin is all kinds of confused

Why it works: Brown rice flour soaks up excess oil, while the healthy fats in this avocado mask balance oil production. That way your skin doesn't go into overdrive to replace lost moisture. Combination skin ladies -- this homemade face mask is for you.

1 tablespoon brown rice flour
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon fresh apple juice

Directions: Mash the avocado with a fork in a small bowl. Sprinkle in rice flour, combining until you make a paste. Stir in apple juice. Apply mask and allow to dry. Rinse off with warm water.

Source: "Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm Happy Skin" by Adina Grigore

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Homemade Face Mask No. 11: Acne-Fighting Greek Yogurt Mask
Try it: When all signs point to an impending breakout

Why it works: The Greek yogurt in this homemade face mask contains the probiotic Lactobacillus, which may help kick inflammation and acne to the curb. This Greek yogurt mask is also loaded with lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy that gently exfoliates skin.

3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 probiotic capsule (optional)

Directions: Split open the probiotic capsule (if you have one) and mix it with the Greek yogurt in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball. Wash off with warm water after 10 minutes. Pat dry.


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Homemade Face Mask No. 10: Redness-Reducing Chamomile & Kale Mask
Try it: While watching "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" or any other nail-biter TV show that stimulates the production of the stress hormone, cortisol

Why it works: This homemade face mask is packed with anxiety-reducing goodies. Chamomile is used in many skin-care products to tamp down inflammation and calm irritated skin. Kale is rich in antioxidants and skin-rejuvenating vitamins A, C and K, which soothe UV damage and help eradicate free radicals.

2 to 3 kale leaves
1 cucumber
2/3 cup chamomile tea, cooled
6 mint sprigs
15 ml Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost (optional)
2 teaspoons pectin

Directions: Blend fresh ingredients together. Add the pectin until it thickens. Apply to freshly washed face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well.

Source: The Beauty Chef

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Homemade Face Mask No. 9: Cooling Cucumber Eye Mask
Try it: When you need to de-puff your eyes after a poor night's sleep

Why it works: This homemade face mask contains peppermint, which increases blood circulation, as well cucumber, whose antioxidants decrease eye irritation.

5 sprigs mint
1/2 cucumber

Directions: Puree the mint and cucumber in a blender. Soak a cotton ball in the solution, then pat it around your eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off.

Source: Ildi Pekar, facialist to Miranda Kerr

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Homemade Face Mask No. 8: Get-Glowing Honey Facial
Try it: To soothe and tone before a big event

Why it works: Honey is a skin-softener that naturally reduces acne. Yogurt contains skin-refining bacteria and also moisturizes. All the makings of a seriously glow-inducing homemade face mask.

1/2 cucumber
1 tablespoon Manuka honey
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

Directions: Puree the three ingredients together in a blender. Spread over face. Leave for fifteen minutes, then wash off with warm water.

Source: Gina Mari, Beverly Hills aesthetician

A small-batch, locally sourced, artisanal beauty product is to me what Christmas is to five-year-olds.

While I love the beauty benefits of all-natural products, I don't always love the price tag. Those "made in the USA" and "gluten-free" labels translate to higher prices. That's why I'm equally obsessed with homemade face masks. It's a chance to play chemist in my very own skin apothecary and it costs a fraction of the price of my precious Fair Trade products.

We've rounded up some of the best face mask recipes from dermatologists and beauty experts that deliver skin-healing, glow-inducing magic. Whether you need an avocado mask to hydrate parched skin or an egg-based facial mask to tighten pores, these are the best homemade face masks for your skin.
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