CHARCOAL & ALOE
What it is: equal parts aloe vera gel, water and activated charcoal powder
How does it work: spread over your face and leave for 15-20 minutes before washing off
On application, this feld cooling and smooth. Once I had removed it, my skin felt great, and looked so much clearer. Those pesky blackheads that even the clearest complexions have around the nose were cleared. It works better than any premade facemask that I’ve paid money for. Just make sure not to spill the charcoal powder on anything because it stains and is like icing sugar in terms of being easy to get absolutely everywhere, so be careful!
HONEY & LEMON
What it is: 2 tbsp honey mixed with the juice of half a lemon
How does it work: Spread over face and leave for 10 minutes before washing off
Just don’t put this on your face. It feels gross, because it’s just sticky and smells weird, and lemon stings (if you hate the smell of honey like I do, this is not for you). It was hard to get off and I had to use a lot of cleanser to get it off, which I feel defeats the point to an extent. My skin felt worse after than it did before, and there was no visible change. After I did this, I was also informed that it’s a horrible idea to put food-grade honey on your skin, and if you’re going to do this you should really use medical-grade Manuka honey.
What is it: mayonnaise
How does it work: put mayonnaise on your face for 20 minutes and then wash off
Firstly, yes this is a real thing apparently. Secondly, it took a really long time to convince myself to try it. Thirdly, you should absolutely not try it. It felt nice going on, admittedly, but I think that’s just because we keep mayo in the fridge, so it was cool. However, it doesn’t do anything and felt horrible. It’s not quite as bad as the honey, but it’s up there. I’m officially giving up on the internet after this.