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5 Natural & Homemade Beauty Masks Passed Down to Us

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At Remezcla HQ, we love comparing beauty routines. Between masks, serums and moisturizers, we have a lot of thoughts on how to nourish skin. But we realized that whenever we talked beauty, we only discussed store-bought items, even though we’re fans of homemade remedies and have adopted many from our parents and grandparents. (Have you tried eating raw garlic when you feel a cold coming? How about using olive oil and honey for stomach aches?)

The beauty industry already sells a lot of products with fruits and other good-for-you items. However, we were aiming for something simpler, something you could replicate at home with commonly bought ingredients.

For that, we tapped the team, our families and our readers to learn more about natural skincare treatments. Read on to learn how to treat your skin this winter and beyond.


Avocado and Egg

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As many of us know, avocado is a star. Not only is it delicious and good for you, it’s also good for your skin, as it can help minimize pores and soften rough skin.

For this mask, you’ll need half an avocado and two egg whites. First, mash the avocado. Then, add in the egg white. Apply to your skin in a circular motion and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Sábila

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Sábila is the MVP in many Latino homes and it can be incredibly hydrating for your skin. For this very simple mask, you want to refrigerate the aloe vera. When it’s cold and after you have cleansed your face, rub it onto your skin. You can leave it on overnight, and you’ll have soft skin in the morning.

Banana

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A ripe banana is all you need to better hydrated skin. Mash up a banana and apply to your face. Leave on for 25 minutes and then rinse off with tepid water.

Papaya and Strawberry

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When it comes to food, you may have heard that the fewer the ingredients, the better. The same can be said for skincare. The more ingredients a product has, the easier it is for it to irritate your skin. This super simple mask only contains two items: papaya and strawberries. Together, they’ll help keep your skin soft and luminous.

Coffee, Honey and Cinnamon

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Coffee grounds can help remove dead skin cells. Mix it with cinnamon and honey, and you have a gentle exfoliator. You leave the mask on for about 20 minutes (and yes, it’ll get a little melty), but the end result is worth the small discomfort.