The Nourishing Honey Mask

Great for treating acne and rich in Vitamin B, this nourishing honey mask recipe from Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks is a must-try if you're looking to nourish your complexion and give it that beautiful glow. For this mask, all you'll need is two chamomile tea bags, raw honey and nutritional yeast. Here's how to make the mask:

  1. Brew one cup of chamomile tea with two tea bags and let cool completely.
  2. In a tiny bowl, stir together one tablespoon of manuka or raw honey, and one teaspoon of nutritional yeast.
  3. Add just enough chamomile tea to the bowl to create a thicker paste that's still runny enough to spread across your skin, but not too watery.
  4. Apply a thin layer to your face and let sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off and pat dry.
  6. Moisturise.

honey in a glass jar with a spoon

The Organic Banana Face Mask

Have a few bananas that need to be consumed or used before they go off? Why not use them to make this organic banana face mask, also listed in Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks. This one is ideal for all skin types and if you want to add a natural glow to your complexion. Here's how to make this tropical face mask:

  1. Mash one-half of a banana in a bowl.
  2. Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey.
  3. Apply the mask to your face (lumps are totally fine!) and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and then moisturise.

ripe bananas on a white counter

The Breakfast Mask

Okay, we need to mention one more facial mask from Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks because they all sound so good and are so easy to make! The DIY Breakfast Mask is easy because you'll surely have all of these ingredients sitting in your pantry! The benefits of this mask includes calming and mattifying oily skin while also soothing. Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine one egg yolk, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil with half a cup of oatmeal.
  2. Stir well, then apply it to your face for 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water (make sure your drain is cool with oatmeal!) and then moisturise.

oatmeal in the red bowl on a marble counter

A Cucumber And Aloe Vera Mask

For a DIY face mask that moisturises and cleanses, try this cucumber and aloe vera mask from Sio Beauty. All you'll need are a few slices of cucumber and some aloe vera gel (most medicine cabinets have this for sunburn). This mask will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! This is how you make this moisturising mask:

  1. Cut half a cucumber into slices (great way to use fruit and veggies that are going off during the lockdown).
  2. Place cucumber slices into a blender and blitz until it's watery.
  3. Add two tablespoons of aloe vera gel into the blitzed cucumber slices then blend until smooth.
  4. Apply mixture onto your face and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with cool water and pat your skin dry.

green leaves of aloe vera

A Grape Exfoliating And Hydrating Face Mask

Exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the same time with this DIY grape face mask, also from Sio Beauty. The beauty of grapes is their weak acid makes for a great gentle exfoliant and the Vitamin E in the fruit helps skin retain moisture for a healthy glow. As for the results, your skin will feel tighter and smoother. Best of all, you only need two ingredients to make this mask:

  1. Mash 12 grapes in a mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in one teaspoon of flour.
  3. Mix well and spread the mixture on your face.
  4. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

red grapes on a white plate on a marble table

Pore Tightening Face Mask

Have enlarged pores? Then why not mix up a DIY egg white, honey and lemon juice face mask to help tighten skin, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and moisturise the skin? Making the mask is easy, all you need is one egg white, one tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice.

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Evenly apply the mixture on your face.
  3. Let it sit on your face until dry.
  4. Rinse off with lukewarm water then pat your face dry.

egg whites in a glass bowl with egg shells shattered across a marble table

Purple

Berries are full of antioxidants and fibre, so what better to throw in the blender than a handful of berries? This one’s super tasty, you’re going to love it (and so will your body!).

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups berry mix
½ cup coconut milk
1 cup purified water
⅛ cup rolled oats

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Brown

Cacao is an antioxidant-rich superfood that will have your body singing for more. Filled with magnesium and vitamin C, cacao’s benefits are endless and include heart health, feel-good chemicals (hello, chocolate-induced happiness) and mental health. Plus, it tastes great!

Ingredients:

1 cup milk of your choice (almond, coconut, hemp, raw milk)
1 frozen banana
½ cup fresh or frozen berries
1 tablespoon cacao powder
½ tablespoon cacao nibs
1 tablespoon chia seeds
A dash of sea salt
A little honey, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten

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Green

We all know that green smoothies are good for you but, unfortunately, if you’re not used to drinking them, they can taste a bit strange. That’s why this mixture of fruit and veg is just the thing to detox your body and get you hooked on the benefits of green smoothies!

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach or kale leaves
1 cup romaine leaves
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped celery
1 small pear (or ½ large), cored and chopped
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 cup water or coconut water
1 tablespoon of fresh mint
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
½ to 1 whole lemon, juiced
½ tablespoon chia seeds
¼ inch slice ginger root, peeled
pinch of cayenne
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of turmeric

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Orange

The combination of ginger and orange will pick you up and have you feeling right as rain in no time. Embrace the detox, it’ll taste delicious - who would have thought that something so simple could be so good for you?

Ingredients:

1 banana, peeled and frozen
¼ inch ginger, peeled and minced
½ cup mango slices, frozen
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup water
4-5 ice cubes

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Yellow

This summery smoothie is great for those looking to rid their bodies of toxins (especially after the holidays!). This one is perfect for anyone and everyone with a raging sweet tooth – it’s like dessert in a glass, but it’s good for you!

Ingredients:

1½ cups water
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 cucumber
1 lemon
12 dates

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