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We all wake up every morning wanting to look photo-op ready like Meghan Markle or her pal Priyanka Chopra. And while we don’t have beauty squads on call 24/7, a Givenchy-dominated wardrobe or even a pop star spouse, we are able to mimic their at-home skin care routines with the help of some essential DIY hacks from their facialist, Nichola Joss.
The thought of do-it-yourself face masks often wears us out, mainly because they sound like a lot of work — the exact opposite of what a blissful self-care session should be. That’s why we end up opting for K-beauty face masks or a brightening mask. But what if you could come home and raid your pantry for a quick-fix face mask for a duchess-y glow?
In an interview with Refinery 29, Joss revealed that at-home face masks are the best kept A-lister secret. “At-home face masks are amazing, and I fully endorse them. They’re easy, free, and you have full control of the ingredients you’re putting on your skin — which is why most of my clients love them,” said Joss, who is also the facialist of Margot Robbie and Cate Blanchett.
The thrifty DIY face mask Joss recommends features five items, most of which you probably see on your breakfast table: coconut oil, oats, honey, turmeric and egg whites. These ingredients make for the most effective face masks due to some potent skin-saving properties. Here, we break down the benefits of each product and why you need them on your skin, stat.
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $10.47 at Amazon
We can never say enough about how versatile coconut oil is. Besides being a top-notch hydrating and nourishing agent, coconut oil is also mild enough for sensitive skin and can blend with any other added ingredients. Plus, it can revive your dry and flaky skin.
Simply Organic Mini Ground Turmeric, $5.10 at Amazon
Turmeric has long been a well-kept skin care secret. It’s an incredible anti-inflammatory agent and soothes redness and encourages an even complexion. A turmeric and coconut oil mixture is a simple pick-me-up for your skin.
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Regular Rolled Oats, $6.48 at Walmart
Oats are one of the most efficient exfoliating agents. They can draw out impurities without being abrasive on your skin. Oats also retain moisture and can act as your morning scrub.
Simply Balanced Organic Raw Wildflower Honey, $3.99 at Target
You can never go wrong with honey, no matter your skin type. It’s a worthy additive or base to any homemade mask and can also be used alone. It provides rich nourishment and leaves your skin supple. Bonus: honey also has antibacterial properties and soothing effects.
Market Pantry Large Grade A Eggs, $1.39 at Target
Egg whites give you the easiest deep cleanse while minimizing pore size and blackheads. They’re a skin tightening agent and a staple in most K-beauty products.