Three Ingredient face mask you can afford to make while broke!
Growing up, I was lucky that I never had to worry about financial things. My mother always said, “Being broke is not an excuse to look broke!” As an adult, the stresses of my responsibilities have shed light on why I’ve seen so many stressed-out, messy haired, poorly dressed adults walking around. Some people become so consumed with their responsibilities that they forget about taking care of themselves. For me, it has always been the opposite. Having less ‘liquid’ money has made me pay closer attention to my appearance, after all, first impressions are everything!
As my face is usually the first thing people see when looking at me, I have become even more concerned with the appearance of my skin. Not having money at my fingertips has prevented me buying all the latest products in skin care. It has also encouraged me to become more creative, and seek the available, affordable, and sometimes healthier options I would have otherwise overlooked. I now constantly turn to the ‘Almighty Google’ for more information and ideas to add to my over all beauty regime. My most recent find is a turmeric, honey and milk mask.
Turmeric, referred to as Saffron or Indian Saffron within Trinidad and Tobago, has antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. When used on the skin it can help treat and prevent acne breakouts, reduce acne scarring and give a brighter, cleaner complexion. As an added bonus it also helps to reduce oil secretion by the sebaceous glands.
Honey, a natural humectant, is rich in enzymes and antioxidants. When used on the skin it can act as a deep moisturizer, mild exfoliant/ pore cleanser, and also aid in scar reduction.
Milk, as we all know is packed with tons of helpful enzymes, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. When applied to the skin, its uses are endless. It can be used as a moisturizer, a cleanser for sensitive skin, a wrinkle reducer, and gentle exfoliator.
- 1 tbsp milk @ $.15 : 1L Carton of milk for $11
- 1 tbsp honey @ $1.79: 140ml bottle for about $29
- 1 tbsp turmeric @ $.71 : 90g bottle for about $15
Mix 1 tbsp milk, 1 tbsp turmeric, and 1 tbsp honey into a smooth paste. Using a clean brush, or sponge, or even fingers, spread evenly onto clean skin. Don’t forget to apply under eyes area as this face mask will improve the look of dark circles. Once applied (I tend to do a few coats), wait 15- 20 minutes before removing. While the mask dries it will get tighter on the skin (a feeling I quite enjoy). Use warm water (no soap) to remove the mask and pat dry. Then finish off with your favourite light moisturizer.
When I tried this mask I was a bit skeptical, but the end result had me sold. I have dark circles under my eyes that had become more prominent due to a lack of sleep (finals week), and acne scars that I wished would go away. After only one use I could tell that my dark circles were faded, and I’m looking forward to watching my acne scars disappear over time. The best part about this mask, other than how good it made my face feel, was how much it would help me save. Typically, a single use peel off/wash off mask could cost anywhere from $7 – $15 depending on the brand. This homemade mask, as I had all the ingredients in the kitchen cost me nothing. If I had bought the ingredients, each mask would cost only $2.65, I’d be able to make it at least 21 times and in comparison to purchasing 21 masks at $7, I would save at least $92.
NB: TURMERIC is a natural colourant and STAINS VERY BADLY!!
Do not use a plastic bowl or utensils in this process unless they are disposable. I suggest you use a glass bowl and metal spoon or disposable wood stirrer.
Do not try this mask while wearing your favourite shirt or jeans. Only wear clothing you’re willing to discard or wear around the house. You can probably wrap with an old towel to prevent it spilling onto your clothes. Gloves are a good idea as well as your nails and skin may also be stained.
I hope you guys enjoyed this blog and don’t forget to comment ( I love hearing from you), and share (if you liked it others will too). Remember, it’s okay to be broke. We all are at some point or the other. It’s never okay to allow your being broke, to result in you looking broke. Get creative!