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skinmother's day iconIt is only May and summer is in full swing, causing problems for women with oily skin. Using a moisturiser (even the light, water-based ones) is a complete no-no but you cannot do away with moisturising entirely. Here are three simple, homemade face masks that can help. And as it is Mother’s Day, you can use them for some extra special (yet inexpensive) pampering.

Banana bliss: Mash a medium ripe banana and apply it to your face and neck for 10 to 20 minutes; rinse off with cold water. Not only will this help moisturise, it will also leave your skin softer. Add a quarter cup of yoghurt for a natural bleaching effect and two tablespoons of honey (a natural humectant, it naturally attracts and retains moisture). Oh, and try not mistake your face mask for a smoothie!

Coconut craze: If you use coconut oil for your hair, now is the time to give this amazing ingredient a makeover. Add half a cup of coconut oil to two cups of raw brown sugar, one cup of olive oil and one tablespoon of honey; pour the mixture into a wide-mouthed jar and keep it in the shower. Apply it all over your face and body and then rinse; you can use this up to three times a week for a perfect combo of exfoliation and moisturising.

Eggalicious: Eggs are a super food in more ways than one. While many people use eggs to moisturise dry hair, they also have the same effect on the skin. For oily skin, separate the yolk from the white, and add lemon and honey to the white. Apply to the skin for 30 minutes and then rinse.

(A word of caution: If you have acne prone or problem skin, please consult your dermatologist before using these remedies.)

– Marylou Andrew

First published in the Health Advertiser Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 11, 2014.