One of my favorite treats on the hottest days of summer is sitting back with a glass of crisp white wine, a juicy book and a cooling face mask. I love knowing that I'm relaxing and cooling off while my pores get smaller and my skin gets softer.
My go-to DIY skin purifying recipe is a super duper simple mixture of plain yogurt, some lemon juice, local organic honey and an egg white. Before I get into the recipe, let me first tell you what each of these ingredients does for your face.
Yogurt is chock full of moisturizing properties that keep skin supple. In addition to that, it zaps acne blemishes thanks to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Bonus: yogurt is also cooling since it's stored in the fridge.
Honey also has acne-fighting components and serves as an exfoliant thanks to its mild alpha hydroxy acids. It's gentle, though, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
Egg whites help extract dirt and oil from your pores. They also temporary tighten the skin, which helps to reduce the size of your pores and create firmer, more toned skin.
Lemon juice battles hard-to-reach blackheads. It also has very mild bleaching properties, which help even your complexion and reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Sold? I thought you might be! Now, on to the recipe.
Here's what you need:
- 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of raw, local, organic honey
- 1 raw egg white (no yolk)
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Mix these ingredients well and apply all over your face, careful to avoid your eyes and eyebrows (I hate getting sticky face masks out of eyebrow hairs).
2. Let the mask set for 10 to 15 minutes -- or until the mask no longer feels cool.
3. Gently rinse with tepid water.
4. Pat your skin dry and follow up with a moisturizer or serum.
5. Revel in glowing skin.
I'm begging to hear what you think about this recipe, so try it out and come back here to tell me all about your experience. Also, if you have any favorite DIY skincare recipes you swear by, feel free to share them in the comment section below. I love trying new things, and homemade recipes done on the cheap and easy are even better!
Wendy Rose Gould is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru who writes about beauty and fashion topics on a daily basis. She believes a woman should never leave the house without fabulous hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. Read more of her stuff here.