Your self-care routine doesn’t have to be scheduled or tracked. Sometimes, it looks like experimenting with new practices on a consistent basis and learning about what does and doesn’t work for you. DIY masks, the ones you paint on your face and coat onto your hair, are a great start to any experimental self-care routine.
Clear a few hours or a whole day to dedicate to yourself this summer. Then follow one of the recipes below for a DIY face or hair mask. Be sure to take notes — you might find a new self-care practice.
Face masks with ingredients …
From your fridge: Yogurt and lemon juice
A simple face mask you can eat! Mix 1 tablespoon of yogurt with the juice of half a lemon. Then apply to clean skin with a spoon or spatula. Rinse after 15-20 minutes for refreshed skin.
From your pantry: Banana, honey and oats
Repurpose overripe bananas and calm down inflamed or irritated skin! Smash 1 banana in a small bowl and mix in 1-2 tablespoons of oats and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply and rinse after 20 minutes or when the oats have hardened.
From your spice rack: Turmeric, honey and aloe vera gel
If you haven’t already discovered the benefits of turmeric, start with this recipe to make your skin glow. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of aloe vera, 1 tablespoon of honey and ½ tablespoon of turmeric. Apply and rinse after 15-20 minutes.
Hair masks with ingredients …
From your fridge: Milk, honey and olive oil
Strengthen your hair with this cream mask. Mix 1 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply from roots to ends, brushing or combing through if necessary. Leave in for 30-40 minutes and rinse with cold water.
From your pantry: Avocado and coconut oil
Give your hair some biotin without having to purchase expensive vitamins. Mix 1 avocado with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and apply from roots to ends. Let sit for 45-60 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
From your spice rack: Sea salt, lemon juice and coconut oil
Try this only if you experience oily scalp, as sea salt is great for soaking up excess oils. Mix 2 tablespoons of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply from roots to ends and rinse after 30 minutes.
Hopefully, these recipes inspire you to experiment with your self-care practices. Try mixing them up by adding any of your favorite natural ingredients. Just be sure to check that they are OK to use on your scalp, hair or skin. If it’s good for your body, don’t be afraid to pay a little extra attention to yourself.