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I firmly stand by the view that there is nothing more relaxing in the world than masking. It’s a time where you’re technically being productive, and can therefore do absolutely nothing else guilt free – plus, it’s a results driven process, meaning you’ll be more hot once you’re done than you were before. But masking can be an expensive habit to maintain, so it’s reassuring to know that within your very kitchen there are ingredients that can have immediate skin ‘n’ hair care benefits. Here are the very best of DIY masks.

OATMEAL

For irritated, reddened or otherwise compromised skin, look no further than trusty oats. They’re full of minerals and lipids which can restore skins moisture barrier and help it repair itself faster. They’re also anti-inflammatory and have antioxidant properties. Mix a handful with warm water into a thick paste, and apply for around twenty minutes to calm, soothe and hydrate.

AVOCADO

Avocado is packed with healthy oils, so it’s a perfect hydrator for skin and hair. Simply mash thoroughly and apply for half an hour before washing. On skin it’s a simple hydrator, but for hair is both moisturises the follicle and soothes the scalp – perfect if you’re prone to irritation or flakiness.

CHARCOAL AND GLUE

Those peel-off pore cleansing masks are all the rage – but you can get a similar effect at home for a fraction of the price. Simply mix the contents of a charcoal capsule with a small amount of PVA glue to form a paste. Spread it over areas of oiliness and congestion – and make sure you avoid your eyebrows! After it dries, the charcoal will have absorbed oil and toxins and the PVA glue will help it all peel off in an undeniably satisfactory way.

COCONUT OIL

So simple it can hardly be described as a mask, coconut oil is the number on natural treatment for extremely damaged hair – ideal particularly for those who bleach. Apply a generous amount by night, sleep in a shower cap (very sexy) then rinse out in the morning. If you find it difficult to fully remove from hair, try applying shampoo before you wet your hair, as this can seal the coconut oil in.

TURMERIC

Turmeric has exfoliating properties and is packed with antioxidants, making it both purifying and glow boosting. Mix a teaspoon with some natural yoghurt to get your desired consistency, apply for twenty minutes then remove in a scrubbing motion. Caution: make sure you don’t get this on any fabric, as it will stain.

EGG

An egg is basically a little ball of protein and healthy fat, making it an almost ideal hair booster. The white helps rebuild the structure of the hair, while the yolk adds moisture and shine. Simply whisk, apply through dry hair, wait for half an hour, then shampoo and condition as normal. Hair will feel noticeably both sleeker and stronger.

YOGHURT

Natural yoghurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid which is also a humectant. In layman’s terms this means it loosens bonds between the top, dead layer of skin, exfoliating it away, while also attracting moisture from the atmosphere to hydrate the new layers beneath. Yoghurt is very gentle, so effects won’t be as noticeable as from a dedicated facial peel, but it’s good for beginners or in between more expensive treatments.

BAKING SODA

Product build up on the scalp is, IMO, the number one cause of hair not looking its best. Baking soda is the cheapest way to remove with without having to buy a dedicated clarifying shampoo. Mix around a teaspoon of baking soda into your shampoo, apply (focusing on the scalp) and let it sit for around five minutes. After rinsing you will not believe it’s possible for hair to feel so clean.

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