Jar of homemade skin cream

If you regularly get professional grade skin care treatments (Hydrafacial, microdermabrasion) you’re ahead of the curve when it comes to taking preventive anti-aging measures. However, it’s smart to nourish your skin in between appointments to maintain a glowing complexion.

There’s no need to buy expensive anti aging skincare products (of which the ingredients are often unknown) when you can make similar, natural versions of your own at no additional cost. The DIY masks featured below carry many different nutrients- but they all have one thing in common: anti aging properties. Read on to discover a new favourite mask to adopt into your weekly skin routine today!

1. Rice Milk Mask

Rice pile with wooden spoon

Ingredients:

¼ brown rice flour or 2-3 tablespoons cooked rice

2-3 tablespoons organic rice milk

1 tablespoon honey

Why it’s good for you:

Japanese women have been using this mask for years and for good reason- rice is world renowned for its medicinal and anti aging properties. Rice carries B vitamins, which help increase blood circulation throughout the face and body, and promote cell growth and repair. Milk is a great supporting ingredient as it contains alpha hydroxy acid, a compound that slows down the skin’s aging process.

2. Egg Mask

Ingredients: One egg

Yes, you read that right. This will probably be the easiest mask you’ll ever have to make. Simply beat the egg, apply to face and… voila! Let the egg yolk dry on the face and then wash off. You should instantly experience firmer skin.

Why it’s good for you:

Eggs are praised not only for the nutrients they provide the body but for the benefits they bring to the outside layer of the skin as well.Your complexion will experience significant improvements with the regular application of egg masks. Eggs contain magnesium, potassium, riboflavin and protein, components that help fight fine lines and wrinkles through tissue repair, hydration and toxin removal.

3. Turmeric Face Mask

bowl of turmeric powder

Ingredients:

One teaspoon Turmeric

One tablespoon natural or greek yogurt

Half a lemon, squeezed

Warning: Wear gloves when applying mask as turmeric is known to stain clothes

Why it’s good for you:

Super spice Turmeric contains the compound curcumin, which is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. The spice has been used in Indian cuisine for centuries and with its known healing properties, has been proven to help with arthritis pain, depression, heart disease, cancer prevention and of course, repairing the skin. Turmeric helps diminish acne, ward of fine lines, tone uneven skin, and brighten your complexion for an overall refreshed look.

4. Cocoa Mask

woman with cocoa mask

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons raw, unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon plain yogurt

Why it’s good for you:

Cocoa doesn’t just have a few antioxidants- it has over 320! With such a high antioxidant count, this mask will not only significantly boost collagen production to ward off wrinkles, but also do one hell of a job in fighting the enemy that shall not be named (ahem, free radicals) in order to prevent early aging. A cocoa mask is especially effective if you’re looking to brighten your complexion as it increases blood flow and hydration throughout the body.

5. Coconut Oil Mask

Coconut Oil mask

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut oil

3 tablespoons sugar

Why it’s good for you:

If you don’t have a jar of coconut oil ready to go in your bathroom cabinet, it’s time to invest in a quality organic brand. Coconut is well known for its high dose of nutrient content, and is universally hailed as a miracle skin perfector. Coconut diminishes acne, protects the skin against UV rays and infections, unclogs pores, banishes acne-forming bacteria, heals cuts and wounds, moisturizes, stimulates collagen production and perhaps most importantly, fights off free radicals, which can cause premature aging. Coconut is filled with antioxidants that combat free radicals. Pamper your skin with nourishing coconut today to keep your skin young and fresh looking.