Frugal Beauty: 4 Homemade Face Masks

Contributed By Marissa Bognanno, Professional Chef & Zumba Instructor, and Author of The Boot Blog

I don’t know about you, but once the winter rolls around my skin regimen takes a total back seat to more important things (like how fast I can brush my teeth, put my pj’s on and leap under the covers with my new book.) So I’ve decided to dedicate some time to getting that glow back, with these homemade facial masks. These are things that you have lying around in your kitchen, so get mixing, pop in some holiday tunes and relax...

Moisturizing and Soothing Facial Mask 
2 egg whites + 2 tbs plain yogurt. Mix  well and massage onto face. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse with warm water. (For all skin types.)
Complexion Brightening and Awakening Mask
4 tbs espresso grounds (or finely ground coffee) + 4 tbs cocoa powder + 8 tbs milk, cream or yogurt + 2 tbs honey (if you have dry skin) or lemon juice (if you have oily skin). Apply to face and neck. Let dry. Rinse off with warm water. (For all skin types.)
Gentle Exfoliating Mask
2 tbs sugar + 3 tbs warm water. Mix until sugar melts. Apply to face and gently massage. Rinse with warm water. (For ashy skin.)
Softening and Moisturizing Mask
1/2 mashed banana + 1 tbs milk + 1 tbs honey. Mix well and apply to skin. Let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. (For dry skin.)

Try and resist the urge to eat #2.

UPDATE: I just tried the complexion brightening mask; my skin feels so soft and I swear I look more alive!  

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