People sometimes forget just how much work the largest organ of the body, our skin is required to do. Not only does it fend off against harmful bacteria and viruses but it also regulates the body temperature keeping us cool when it gets hot and warm when it gets cold.

It is of paramount importance that we keep our skin clean to allow it to perform its many many functions. While facials are a great way to do this it is no denying that they can get pricey. This is where you can whip out ingredients lying around in the house. Ingredients that can be used to create your very own DIY / homemade face mask.

DIY face masks can save you tons of money and can be made in a matter of minutes. All you need to do is make sure you have the right ingredients. So the first step in creating your very own DIY face mask is to rummage through your kitchen cupboards. t out all those essentials that will give that perfect, glowing skin. What are those ingredients you say? Well before you start applying green chillies to your face why not have a look at my weekly posts to get an idea of what can be frankensteined with simple house hold products.

A DIY face mask list is simply incomplete without the cucumber face mask. This face mask is one of the most basic yet powerful, effective face masks of all time.

Among the many many benefits of the cucumber, it works to hydrate, soften and relax your skin. It helps to prevent water retention and reduces swelling giving your skin a break from irritation. It is even effective for treating sun burns! I am sure the phrase ‘As Cool As Cucumber’ is making more sense to you now.

So let’s start off by creating a fairly basic cucumber mask that only requires one ingredient – CUCUMBER

Ingredients

One Cucumber
Blender
Bowl

Preparation

The key to creating a good cucumber mask is to start off by putting it in the fridge. A few hours in the fridge allows the cucumber to cool down.

Next, the application aspect is completely down to preference. You can either chop the cucumber into slices and put them on your face or you could grate the cucumber and apply it to your dry skin.

Another option is to take the cucumber and place it in a blender creating a paste of sorts. This option is more messy as the cucumber will be sliding over your face but hey whatever falls off the face can be used to creating a refreshing cucumber drink.

Make sure to avoid the eye area when placing the cucumber face mask. I normally place the DIY face mask for about 20 – 30 minutes which gives me a good excuse to lie down as well.

Once you are done, wash off the face mask with cold water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Last but not least, apply moisturizer or few drops of olive oil which will help to retain the moisture.

Now that wasn’t that difficult was it? by creating your own mask, you have not only saved money but also managed to use up vegetables that were not getting used. The best bit though is that with this entire process you end up getting a bit of ‘ME’ time which is essential.

So stay tuned for more articles on how to create homemade masks using ingredients such as honey, egg whites, avocado to name but a few.