A DIY face mask made using butter as your base is an inexpensive, skin- and eco-friendly way to do skincare right. Butter contains vitamins (A & E) and potent antioxidants that help hydrate the skin, and give it a soft glow. It works well for nearly all skin types-- whether you have combination skin, dark circles, dry or oily skin, with the right combo you can create the perfect face mask for your skin's needs.
Place 1 tbsp. of unsalted softened --ideally organic -- butter in a blender.
If you have normal to dry skin or an acne-prone complexion, strawberry is the perfect addition. Strawberries are high in alpha-hyroxy acids which are great for clearing acne and gently cleansing the skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids are also said to slow the process of aging, reducing and preventing wrinkles. Add one large strawberry to the blender and mix with butter.
Place a 1-inch slice of cucumber into the blender if you would like to combat dark circles around the eyes or puffiness in your face and neck. Cucumber not only reduces puffiness, but it's also the same pH as skin and will cleanse the skin without stripping the face of its natural protective oils. For added benefit, cut two thin slices of cucumber to cover your eyes during your facial, and you can even eat the leftovers to help to reduce water retention.
Squeeze 1 tbsp. of fresh lemon into the blender if you're looking for a mask formulated for oily skin. Lemon is a natural and gentle astringent that cleans oil from the skin without over-drying. Lemon also refines and cleans pores, ridding your face of blackheads and oily shine.
Crack an egg and add the yolk to the blender for dry skin. Egg yolks contain high amounts of albumin and will moisturize dry skin as well as refine pores and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The Custom Combo
Blend the butter and your chosen ingredient. Apply your homemade mask to a clean face and neck and allow to set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.