It's no secret that one of the best ways to get healthier skin is by eating right, but did you know that some of the best food we eat can also be used for skin care? At DCSI, we offer medical-grade facials, but what about those moments your skin needs some quick attention? We have that covered, too! Here are some simple at-home facial recipes to utilize the food in your kitchen to better your skin! 

How to Make DIY Face Masks

Many face mask recipes out there, like DIY hydrating or brightening masks, include some foods used for skin care. Our South Florida Dermatology office wants to share a few at-home facial recipes that we love. First things first, make sure you have a bowl to mix in, check for all the ingredients, and make sure you know what your skin will and will not react to. While DIY face masks are an easy and inexpensive way to do some self-care, you may want to speak with the best dermatologist in South Florida first to learn more about your skin.  Most DIY face masks are made up of about 3 or fewer foods to use for skin care. Here are some simple, easy-to-follow recipes. 

DIY Honey Mask

Honey is an ingredient that can be used on its own or with extra additives. If combination skin is your concern, then this one's for you! Using honey alone is a great way to balance oily skin and moisturize dry skin. Or by adding two more items to the mix, this gives you a great acne-fighting recipe:
  • 1 teaspoon of Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Honey
Mix the ingredients in a bowl, apply to your face and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Using ingredients like anti-inflammatory baking soda and moisturizing lemon along with the honey will help fight breakouts. 

DIY Avocado Face Mask

Avocados are superfoods and are full of good fats, vitamins and minerals, and omega fatty acids. Basically, not only are they delicious to eat, but they are a great food to use for skin care! When mixed with ground oats, this superfood becomes a gentle exfoliant:  
  • Mix ½ of a medium avocado and 1 tablespoon of ground oats in a bowl.
  • Apply to the face and wait 15 minutes. 
  • Add some water and lightly start massaging the face for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse and pat dry.
  Pro tip: Exfoliating the skin is key in removing the top layer of dead skin cells and bringing forward the natural glowing skin underneath, but over-exfoliating can damage the skin and leave it dull. Only exfoliate or do this mask once a week.

DIY Cucumber Face Mask

This face mask is one you'll need to break out the blender for, but it is a good, quick way to rejuvenate your skin.   
  • Blend or puree an unpeeled cucumber to a watery consistency.
  • Separate the juice from the solid bits. A strainer can help with this.
  • Apply the juice to a clean face for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool or lukewarm water. 
  There are so many different foods to use for skin care. We recommend meeting with our dermatologist in Delray Beach before working with your kitchen items, so contact us today to set up an appointment. We will help point you in the right direction for your skin care and any DIY face masks.   Related Readings: How Do I Identify My Skin Type? Skincare Tips From Celebrities