Treat your skin with DIY masks for spring

Treat your skin with DIY masks for spring

LINCOLN – Beautify yourself this spring with a do-it-yourself facial scrub, moisturizing face mask, and pore-minimizing toner using products found in your kitchen.

According to Lincoln-based cosmetologist Daniel Murphy, being trapped indoors for weeks on end leads to dry, lackluster skin. Murphy recommends a three-part DIY facial routine easily made and performed at home.

The best part, Murphy said, is that all the ingredients can easily be found at a local grocery store, or better, already in the cupboard.

“And they’re all tasty, too,” Murphy said.

First, Murphy recommends a lemon and brown sugar facial scrub to remove dry skin and buff the surface of the face. Combine the juice from half a large lemon, or two teaspoons, and half a cup of brown sugar.

“The lemon in the mixture creates a strong exfoliating experience and the scrub assists buffing out imperfections,” Murphy said.

Mix the two ingredients until evenly combined into a thin consistency. Using fingers, rub the mixture in small circles onto a clean, dry face and evenly coat. Murphy said pay special attention to the T-zone, across the forehead and down the center of the face from nose to chin, where skin tends to be dry.

For those with sensitive skin, Murphy said the lemon juice can be diluted with extra virgin olive oil for a less harsh exfoliating experience.

Rinse the mixture with lukewarm water and dry your face.

“You’ll notice a softer feeling skin on your face immediately. A bonus, your hands will feel soft, too,” Murphy said.

Remaining scrub can be refrigerated for up to two weeks for future use. He recommends doing the scrub no more than once each week.

Next, Murphy said a moisturizing avocado and yogurt face mask will leave the face feeling supple and glowing.

In a food processor, combine one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, half of a ripe avocado, and one tablespoon of plain yogurt. Blend into a smooth consistency. All three ingredients add moisture to the skin and promote a healthy glow, Murphy said.

Apply a thin layer to your face and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Murphy said the bright green color of the mixture is his favorite part of the mask.

“The mask will begin to dry before the time is up, but may remain wet in some places. That’s OK,” he said.

Again, rinse the mask with lukewarm water and pat your face dry. The mask will not stay fresh as long as the scrub, Murphy said, but it can be used more than once per week.

The last step to a glowing face is a rose water and aloe toner. Murphy said this is a more labor-intensive mixture to make, but the results are worth it.

Cover the bottom of a wide pot with enough distilled water to cover the surface. Use only enough for rose petals to float over the surface. Float enough rose petals to cover the surface of the water.

The number of petals used depends on the size of the pot, Murphy said. He uses red rose petals to give the water a pink hue.

“The rose water will tone your face, minimizing pores and tightening the skin,” Murphy said.

Rose water can help prevent dry and flaking skin, and it can be used on the scalp to stop dandruff.

“Believe me, you’re going to love this,” he said.

Raise the temperature of the water to just before a boil, but do not boil the water, he said. Warm the mixture until the petals are wilted and remove from heat. Strain out the petals and mix in approximately one tablespoon of the juice from an aloe leaf for every cup of rose water.

“The mixture is OK without the aloe, too,” he said.

Once cool, pour the mixture into a small spray bottle and spritz onto a clean, dry face, he said. Store the bottle in a cool place. It can be used until gone.

“Now you’ll be looking lit for spring,” Murphy said.