Woman with facial mask and cucumber. 16 Dec 2004. REUTERS/SHOWBIZ

Run out of your favorite cream or clay face mask?

Well, don’t panic, because there are all sorts of natural ingredients sitting in your kitchen cupboard that can be utilized in your daily skincare routine

We spoke to Izabela Pawlitka, skin specialist at the Dr. David Jack clinic, for some easy face mask recipes that can be whipped up in mere minutes. 


Anti-aging mask

Combine a handful of ground almonds or any nuts (as long as you’re not allergic!) with two tablespoons of olive oil. 

“It might not sound like much, but the fatty acid content from the nuts can penetrate the skin, leaving it soft and supple, while the vitamin E from the olive oil acts like a coat of armor against free radicals which can lead to dullness, dehydration, and fine lines,” she said. 


Hydrating mask

Mix one tablespoon of natural, plain yogurt, one teaspoon of honey, and if you like, one teaspoon of turmeric powder. 

“Just like milk, yogurt is filled to the brim with lactic acid, which makes a visible difference to the skin by lifting away rough and lackluster surface cells to uncover much newer, brighter ones.

Honey makes skin feel soft and elastic, while turmeric is useful for combating pigmentation – perfect if you’ve been sun-worshipping a little too long,” insisted Izabela.

Nourishing mask

Mash up half an avocado and mix with one tablespoon of honey and a handful of oats or oat bran. 

“Oats have healing and moisturizing properties. They’re brilliant at nourishing, calming, and soothing skin, too. 

Thanks to the ultra-nourishing oils, the addition of mashed avocado will banish any roughness, leaving your skin silky smooth,” the beauty pro shared. 


Radiance mask

In a bowl, combine one teaspoon of cacao powder, half a papaya, with one teaspoon of aloe vera gel. 

“Aloe vera is filled to bursting with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12, which means it is radiance-boosting, skin-soothing, and has hydrating properties,” noted Izabela. 

“Meanwhile, papaya is packed with exfoliating enzymes that will dissolve dead skin cells and the added cacao powder – which has a high magnesium level – works total wonders on the complexion.”


Simple scrub

In a jar, mix one cup of granulated brown or white sugar with half a cup of oil – coconut, jojoba, and olive oil are good options – and three to five drops of essential oil.

“Although too much sugar isn’t great for your skin and body, when you use it as a scrub, it can be very beneficial,” she added. “It is a natural humectant, retains moisture, and is suitable for sensitive skin types too.”