by | December 16, 2015

The party season is all about in indulgence. Whether you’re sitting down to Christmas dinner, devouring a giant piece of chocolate cake, or enjoying a nice glass of prosecco (or, you know, a bottle), December is no time for moderation.

Unfortunately, finishing your advent calendar in the first week of December does have its consequences. We’re all prone to breakouts and dry skin (let’s just blame it on the weather shall we?) which isn’t ideal with so many parties to attend! With this in mind, we’ve put together 10 DIY face masks so you can still have flawless skin without compromising the festivities.

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The Dry Skin Annihilator

Backed by mega-babe Jessica Biel, this face mask is perfect for dry, taut skin and will help restore elasticity and hydration.

You will need:

½ an Avocado

½ a teaspoon of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of honey

Mash it all together, leave on your face for 10-15 mins and voilà, super smooth and hydrated skin.

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The Cocoa-Coffee Detox

This one is perfect for puffy skin that’s in need of some TLC- as an added bonus, it smells amazing. Due to the high antioxidant content, this mix is sure to reduce swelling and will help give your skin the detox it needs.

You will need:

2 tablespoons of freshly ground coffee

2 tablespoons of pure cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of honey

3 tablespoons of natural yogurt

Apply the mask, leave it on your face for 10 minutes and exfoliate afterwards for best results.

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The Cleopatra Method

It was well known that Cleopatra used to bathe in warm milk for super soft skin. If you don’t fancy milling around in a pool of dairy, you can try this easy milk mask instead.

You will need:

¼ cup of powdered milk

¼ cup of water

Mix the two together to form a paste and apply generously to your skin, letting the mixture dry completely before rinsing off. Say hello to skin that’s fresh, moisturized and completely rejuvenated.


The Spirulina Boost

With an extremely high antioxidant content (beating out those badass blueberries!) and antibacterial properties, it comes as no surprise that people can’t get enough of Spirulina. Adding this to your DIY face mask will help clear and tighten your pores and can even help reduce the effects of sun damage.

You will need:

½ teaspoon of Spirulina powder

1 ripe banana

1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice

Give the mixture a blitz and leave on your face for 10-20 minutes. As well as the amazing effects of the Spirulina, the banana will help moisturize your skin and the lemon juice will keep your complexion looking bright and radiant.

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The Strawberries and Cream Technique

High in salicylic acid, strawberries are excellent for oily, acne-prone skin. Say goodbye to dead skin and exfoliate your way to an ultra-clear complexion!

You will need:

¼ cup of blitzed strawberries

¼ cup of sour cream or natural yogurt

Mix the two together and apply liberally to the face, gently massaging the affected areas.

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The Audrey Method

So this one isn’t really a face mask, but it’s a cheap and effective way to get your skin looking bright and hydrated and no time at all. It was one of Audrey Hepburn’s go-to beauty routines and who can argue with that level of perfection?!

You will need:

Boiling water from a kettle

A clean tea towel

A glass or ceramic bowl

Add your boiling water to the bowl, bend over so that your face is near the water and place the tea towel over your head. Stand awkwardly hunched over for 3 minutes and you’ll have some seriously brighter skin.

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The Oatmeal Effect

If you’re looking for an easy face mask to nourish and moisturize your skin, oats are your friend.

You will need:

3 tablespoons of blitzed oats

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey

Apply the mix to your face, avoiding your eye area, then leave for 10 mins. Rinse off with lukewarm water, cleanse your skin to get rid of any residual olive oil and bask in the glory of your baby-soft skin.

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The Tea-Tree Blemish Buster

Essential oils have some amazing properties that many of us have forgotten about. Tea-tree oil in particular is great for acne-prone skin and will leave your face feeling soothed and pampered.

You will need:

2 teaspoons of tea-tree oil

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of natural yogurt

Leave the mixture to set on your skin for 15-20 minutes and watch the natural infection fighter work wonders on any spots you might have!

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The Tropical Treatment

Perfect for those with an uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation, this concoction will do wonders for your complexion.

You will need:

½ a cup of blitzed papaya

2 tablespoons of honey

Allow the mask 20 minutes to do its magic then rinse your face with lukewarm water. Repeat twice a month to see long-term results.

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The Christmas Indulgence

Just because it’s almost Christmas and we’re feeling particularly festive, we’ve put together a festive mask recipe so you can unleash your inner radiance!

You will need:

1 cup of fresh cranberries

1 cup of seedless grapes

1 envelope of unflavoured gelatine

½ a teaspoon of cinnamon

½ a teaspoon of nutmeg

Blitz the ingredients in a food processor and put the mix in the fridge for 45 minutes to thicken, taking it out of the fridge 10 minutes before application. The cranberries will exfoliate your skin, getting rid of blackheads and the cinnamon acts as an antiseptic. Better yet, the nutmeg diminishes acne-scars so prepare to see some serious improvement!

Who would have thought Christmas could be so good for your skin?