Where flowers bloom, so does hope
Hooray! Spring is definitely in the air and we couldn’t be happier to see a little more sunshine in the sky, and flowers blooming in the earth. Spring always puts us into a great mood, and after a long, cold winter who can blame us? So now that spring has most definitely sprung, what are you doing to refresh your beauty regime? Your skin needs different care as the seasons change, so we’ve been busy researching some of the best DIY beauty treatments you need to be doing right now. Here are three little DIY face masks for spring. Enjoy!
Not only are they delicious (grab them frozen and add to your smoothies tomorrow morning, or your dessert tonight) but they are also fantastic in face masks too. This recipe is designed to tone and tighten your skin, protecting it against blotches and discolouration, and gently exfoliating too. All you need is:
- One quarter of a cup of fresh or thawed out frozen raspberries
- 2 teaspoons ground white clay
- 2 teaspoons ground oats
*You can buy ground white clay online, or in your local health food shop
To make the mask, pop the raspberries in a bowl and mash them with a fork until they’re smooth. Then stir in the clay and oats until you have a paste. Let it sit for a minute or two so that it thickens. You should have a nice consistency to spread onto the face, but you might need to add some water if its too thick.
Apply to the face with your fingers, spreading it all around. Then lie back and leave for at least 15 minutes. The mask will harden. When you’re ready, rinse off with warm water and apply your usual moisturiser.
We’re huge fans of using herbs- in our cooking and on our skin. This face mask is wonderful for healing and calming the skin, and it’s so easy to make. All you need is:
- One quarter of a cup of oats
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender leaves
- 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- fresh aloe vera
To make the mask, you need to grind the oata and herbs so that you have a fine powder. A food processor is perfect for this. Then stir the tea tree oil into the powder until it’s combined, and store the mixture in an airtight container. That’s it!
To apply the mask, take one teaspoon of the mixture and combine in with the juice of a fresh aloe leaf (do this on the palm of your hand) until you have a runny paste. Apply evenly to the face, neck and body, then leave it on for at least 15 minutes. When you’re ready, rinse clean and moisturise as usual.
A slightly more exotic face mask, but one to try for sure. Papayas are full of antioxidants that help to protect the skin from damage, so they’re perfect for spring time overhauls to your beauty regime. All you need is:
- One small papaya
- A bowl
- An airtight container
- One wash cloth
- Olive Oil
To make the mask, you need to cut the papaya in half and scoop out all of the seeds. The rest of the papaya goes into a small bowl and this is what you’re going to put directly onto your face. Massage into the skin using soft circular motions, and leave for at least 15 minutes. The rest of the papaya can be stored for next time.
After rising the papaya from your face, apply 4 drops of olive oil, then follow with your usual moisturiser. Lovely!