Well, we are here, guys - it's finally Finals Week. During this time, it can be so stressful trying to complete your final projects, presentations, and studying for that final that you need to graduate.
While we are so busy trying to finish the semester on a good note, we also tend to forget that we need to make time for ourselves during the last bit of classes. It is crucial for us to take a breather and just relax, even if it's only for 20 minutes.
Masks and spa treatments are one of the best ways to relieve stress! But, nonetheless, it is hard to find time and sometimes expensive to go to the spa, so I have compiled some fun DIY face mask recipes for you guys to try and created a quiz! You can try one, or try them all!
First, a Disclaimer:
As with any product you put on your face, it's important to do a patch test in an out-of-the-way area before applying all over! Like any product, these masks may not agree with your skin, and you don't want to deal with a major skin reaction, especially during finals. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin.
Again, DO A PATCH TEST before you apply anything new, including these masks, to your face!
Below are the results to the quiz. If you haven’t taken it yet, then don’t peek! Scroll down to check them out:
I love this mask because it is designed to help you feel better if you need a quick recharge, or even when you are sick! Oatmeal has such a calming, soothing feel, and it's a fun winter treat to use a warm mask like this once in a while. The exfoliation in this one will also make your skin crazy smooth.
How to Make It:
There are tons of great oatmeal mask recipes out there, Michelle Phan's recipe is one of the best. It's easy and effective, and incorporates other skin-soothing ingredients.
First, you'll need to make a serving of oatmeal in the microwave - try 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup dry oats. Let the water and oatmeal cool down for two or three minutes until they're just warm to the touch. (You don't want them too hot, obviously!) Next, it's time to add your exfoliant (if desired), a spoonful of finely chopped or ground almonds. Finish by mixing in a teaspoon of honey.
Add more water if the mask is too thick, then apply all over your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
This mask is great to moisturize your skin and leave it feeling softer than before. It's a great simple indulgence for those crazy weeks and it doesn't take much time to make.
Again, there are lots of variations on this mask out there. A popular one, since it's ultra moisturizing and incorporates B vitamins from the egg yolk, is this DIY Confessions recipe, summarized below:
How to Make It:
Crush a medium-sized banana until it is a creamy paste, then mix in one egg yolk and 2 teaspoons of olive or coconut oil (depending on what you have on hand and your preference).
Gently apply the mask to your face and neck. After this, let the mask set for 20 minutes (or less if you're short on time) then rinse it off with cold water. Moisturize afterwards if needed.
The Vinegar mask is really great if you don't have a lot of stress, as it's not so much soothing as it is invigorating and tightening. Finally, it's great for people who have acne or oily skin - perfect for combatting those finals week breakouts!
Below, I summarized Mindy Kaling's recipe that she shared on Instagram. It does require an extra ingredient that might not already be in your kitchen, but it's worth it! Mindy's skin is pretty amazing, so you know this has to be good.
How to Make It:
After washing your face, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and indian healing clay (available at Walmart, CVS, and other drugstores, or online). Then apply all over your face. Allow the mask to dry (up to 45 minutes) and then rinse well with warm water.
A Mustard Mask rejuvenates and smoothes your skin. The sulphur in the mustard helps kill bacteria and cleanse your pores.
I will admit, this is a bit quirky but that's part of the fun! So long as you're cool with a slightly weird smelling mask, you'll be happy you tried this one. It's not only good for the skin benefits, for also the stress relief of putting mustard on your face and LOLing at your appearance.
How to Make It:
For this remedy (adapted from Total Beauty), pat your face with a mild yellow mustard, and let it sit for just a few minutes. The mustard pictured above is a whole grain mustard (I'm a whole grain freak) so it's up to you whether you want to use a mustard with more texture or not. If you want to get really fancy with it (and avoid the drying vinegar), you can grind up some mustard seed in a food processor to make a paste.
Mustard is a strong substance that can irritate your skin, so (obviously, again) make sure you test it out on a small area of your skin before putting it on your whole face!
What do you think?
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FINALS, EVERYONE!
What do you do to relieve stress during finals? Which mask is your favorite? Let us know what you think in the comments below!