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From the Fridge: 3 Easy DIY Facials That Are Dermatologist-Approved

Face masks are all the rage right now, but you don’t have to drop a bunch of cash to enjoy a special treatment for your skin.

Face masks are all the rage right now, but you don’t have to drop a bunch of cash to enjoy a special treatment for your skin. Here are three easy recipes you can use to pamper yourself on a budget.

1. For Dry Skin: Banana + Honey

Mash up a banana and mix it with a couple tablespoons of honey. Once you have a paste, apply it to your face and neck. After about 20 minutes, rinse with cold water.

Bananas are rich in potassium, which helps with hydration; vitamin E, which protects skin and amino acids, which strengthen skin to bolster elasticity and strength. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture from the air, drawing it beneath the surface of your skin. Mixing the two into a face mask is a fast and easy way to do something nice for skin that’s dry, flaky or red.

2. For Oily Skin: Strawberries + Yogurt + Egg White + Lemon

Mix a handful of strawberries in a blender or mash them with a fork. Add a spoonful of yogurt, one beaten-till-foamy egg white and a tiny splash of lemon juice. Stir until smooth then apply to your face for 15 minutes or so. Rinse with tepid water.

Egg whites have astringent properties that help shrink pores and tighten skin, while strawberries’ acidity helps remove sebum and lighten blemishes and scars caused by acne or other skin troubles. The lactic acid in yogurt helps dissolve dead skin cells and tighten pores, and lemon juice’s antibacterial properties will help fight acne. Combined, these ingredients are a strong match for excess oil and acne.

3. For All Skin: Chickpea Flour + Yogurt + Nutmeg Powder + Turmeric Powder

Dr. Vidya Rajpara of Gardens Dermatology actually makes this mask for herself each week, so you know it’s a winner!

Mix chickpea flour with yogurt (or whole milk) and add a dash of nutmeg powder and turmeric powder. Aim for a fairly thick consistency and layer it on your face and neck as a mask. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, until the mask is dry, and then rinse off with warm water.

This mask provides hydration and gentle exfoliation that works for all skin types, including acne and rosacea. The nutmeg powder gently exfoliates the top layers of skin, while the turmeric is a natural antibacterial agent and aids in skin lightening, which minimizes scars and evens skin tone. Chickpea flour and yogurt are soothing agents for inflamed skin.

The doctors at Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center can help you improve your skin’s health and appearance whether you’re dealing with cosmetic concerns like acne, aging and discoloration or medical issues like rashes, dermatitis and suspicious moles. To learn more about the medical, surgical, cosmetic and aesthetic services available, visit http://www.gardensdermatology.com.

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