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8 Luxury Face Masks Hiding in Your Kitchen

These super easy recipes, which use basic ingredients like oatmeal and avocado, will keep your skin glowing -- and your wallet fat

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Homemade face masks are more affordable than store-bought varieties and don’t have any chemical additives
Strawberries and bananas aren’t just good in fruit salad – they’re great for making DIY face masks
The oil and eggs in mayonnaise are two of the reasons why the condiment is a great tool for helping dry skin

Let us count the ways we love making homemade face masks: They’re way more affordable than store-bought stuff and don’t have any of the chemical additives, they cost next to nothing -- and without even looking, we know we already have the ingredients in our kitchen to make a few different versions right now. Check out these recipes for amazing DIY beauty treatments using simple stuff you already have in your kitchen.

Banana face mask

Bananas have great skincare benefits, since they’re rich in vitamins like A, B and E which have natural anti-aging properties (A increases cell turnover and E moisturizes), and acids that help exfoliate dead skin. This easy recipe from Beauty Banter uses just three ingredients: one ripe banana, a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice (plus a quarter cup of rolled oats as an optional exfoliating add-in).

Oatmeal face mask

Elle Sees brings us this super simple oatmeal-based recipe: Add a quarter cup raw oatmeal to a tablespoon raw honey and mix, adding a few drops of water until you have the consistency of paste. The oatmeal soothes and exfoliates, and studies prove that honey is antibacterial -- making it great for acne-prone skin.

Coffee-Cocoa face mask

Try the mask Crunchy Betty swears by: Mix up a mask using two tablespoons of freshly ground coffee, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, three tablespoons of whole milk, heavy cream or yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. Cocoa and coffee -- in addition to being delicious! -- are also full of antioxidants, so they make for solid detoxifying mask ingredients. The coffee reduces puffiness and acts as an astringent, and the other three ingredients are highly moisturizing as well.

Cinnamon-nutmeg face mask

According to research, nutmeg and honey are natural anti-inflammatories, which can help to reduce swelling and redness. Plus, nutmeg and cinnamon serve as exfoliants. So College Fashion's recipe for this spice-centric mask is great for stressed skin: Mix two tablespoons honey with a teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Tip: Do a patch test first to make sure your skin isn’t sensitive to these ingredients.

Mayonnaise face mask

The oil and eggs in mayonnaise make it a great tool for dealing with dry facial skin. Plus, mayo contains vinegar (which we’ve already noted is a miracle worker), which helps stimulate skin cell turnover, for a result that makes your face feel like it’s been exfoliated. So yes, it makes a great single-ingredient face mask all on its own, according to Livestrong. No fuss, no mess!

Cucumber-yogurt face mask

This mask from CuteDIYs sounds like a dish you’d pick up at your fave Mediterranean restaurant, but it’s a two-ingredient face mask that’s good for all skin types. The yogurt contains lactic acid, which helps exfoliate and moisturize, while cucumber cools. To make it, peel half a cucumber and make a puree using it and a tablespoon of yogurt.

Strawberry face mask

Politics of Pretty brings us a mask that seems indistinguishable from our favorite breakfast. Combine a quarter cup of mashed strawberries with the same amount of plain yogurt to create a paste. (Yum!) The salicylic acid in the strawberries helps combat acne -- without any mysterious chemicals.

Avocado face mask

The base of this mask from Vegan Beauty Review is an avocado, which contains the vitamins A, D and E, and has moisturizing properties. Combine it with a ripe banana, a teaspoon of olive or jojoba oil (which have antioxidant and moisturizing properties), and a teaspoon of orange or lemon juice (which contain copious amounts of vitamin C and help exfoliate).

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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