Telstar Tries: Homemade Face Masks

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Telstar Tries: Homemade Face Masks

(Left to right) Kira Downs, Taylor Rohleen, Cassidy McKinnon, and Davis Orr pose wearing their homemade face masks.

(Left to right) Kira Downs, Taylor Rohleen, Cassidy McKinnon, and Davis Orr pose wearing their homemade face masks.

Photo Credit Taylor Rohleen

(Left to right) Kira Downs, Taylor Rohleen, Cassidy McKinnon, and Davis Orr pose wearing their homemade face masks.

Photo Credit Taylor Rohleen

Photo Credit Taylor Rohleen

(Left to right) Kira Downs, Taylor Rohleen, Cassidy McKinnon, and Davis Orr pose wearing their homemade face masks.

Kira Downs and Taylor Rohleen

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Skincare is an important part of any hygiene regimen, but sometimes it can feel impossible to determine whether products are worth their hefty price tags, or if they have the desired effect on your skin. In order to prove that quality skincare can be both affordable and fun, four Satellite students tested homemade face masks with common food ingredients and documented their results.

 

Soothing Oat Mask

Junior Cassidy McKinnon tested a face mask made out of oats, honey, raw apple cider vinegar, and cashew milk. To replicate this mask, simply blend ¼ cup of oats in a food processor, then add cashew milk until the mixture reaches your desired consistency, along with a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. McKinnon left the mask on her face for approximately 10 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Oats can serve as a moisturizing agent for skin and reduce inflammation.

How did the mask feel while on your face?

CM: “It was cold and a little chunky.”

What effect did the mask have on your skin?

CM: “My face felt really smooth and hydrated, but it caused some redness for about an hour afterwards.”

Would you be willing to do this mask again?

CM: “Yes, but I’d probably tweak the recipe to avoid the redness.”

 

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Mask

Senior Kira Downs opted for a mask composed of 1 tsp of turmeric and 1 tbsp of honey. This mask requires minimal preparations; the ingredients just need to be mixed in a bowl and applied to the face for 10-15 minutes. Turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory and is regarded as a beneficial ingredient to promote a “natural glow.”

How did the mask feel while on your face?

KD: “The consistency was a little sticky, but overall the mask felt fine on my face. The honey scent was really strong and sweet, which definitely helped.”

What effect did the mask have on your skin?

KD: “Immediately after washing my face, I felt like my skin was noticeably smoother and clearer. The mask was rejuvenating and undoubtedly had positive effects on my skin. To be quite honest, I was just glad it didn’t stain my skin yellow as I had feared.”

Would you be willing to do this mask again?

KD: “Absolutely! I loved how simple it was while also providing some great benefits to my skin.”

 

Invigorating Peppermint Mask

Freshman Davis Orr tried a mixture of ¼ cup of oats, 1 tbsp of honey, cashew milk, and two drops of peppermint oil. To try this at home, combine all of these ingredients in a bowl and mix until you reach your desired consistency, then leave it on for 10 minutes. When used on the face, peppermint oil can clear and brighten skin.

How did the mask feel while on your face?

DO: “When I first put it on, my eyes started burning slightly, but overall my face just felt really cold and fine.”

What effect did the mask have on your skin?

DO: “My face felt a little softer but not really any other differences.”

Would you be willing to do this mask again?

DO: “I would do it again, it was fun.”

 

Nourishing Avocado Mask

Junior Taylor Rohleen’s skincare concoction consisted of ½ of an avocado and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, which were simply mixed in a bowl before being applied to her face for about 10 minutes. Avocado is rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants, which serve to soften and moisturize the face, and apple cider vinegar removes toxins and reduces skin inflammation.

How did the mask feel while on your face?

TR: “It felt very soothing, and it wasn’t sticky at all.”

What effect did the mask have on your skin?

TR: “My face didn’t break out afterwards, which is always a good sign! I looked a little more radiant than usual after the mask, so I think it worked well.”

Would you be willing to do this mask again?

TR: “Yes! I think it worked well in nourishing my skin. I’d definitely try it out with friends again.”

All of these recipes provide immense benefit to any skin type, and if you try any of them out or add them to your routine, the Telstar staff hopes you have as much fun as we did.