by FEM


I swear, a week ago, I had the same ingredients from this mask as breakfast. And my brother asked me what am I doing. It doesn't look as yummy on the face as it does in a bowl but the good thing is that it tastes really good in case you lick yourself. So the recipe: half of a ripe banana mushed till unrecognizable (think baby porridge), one big spoonful of liquid honey (I used a floral one), and two teaspoons of oatmeal. If you don't have oatmeal at home but have oat in flakes, just put it in a food processor. It takes you a bit longer, but the effect is the same. Crushed oat flakes are there for exfoliation purposes. Banana is known as natural botox, and honey is great for the skin because it acts as an antiseptic. My skin is drier in certain areas, but I have a very oily T zone, though lately it's been really okay, I have to knock on wood. I left the mask on my face for 10 minutes, then gently washed it with lukewarm water and a clean (change face towels to keep them fresh) towel. What is this mask supposed to do? The combination of bananas, oatmeal, and honey is supposed to moisturize, hydrate and gently remove dead cells. Bananas contain potassium, which moisturizes the skin, nourishes cells, cleanses pores and controls oil production. It is also supposed to correct redness to a small extent. Honey, in addition to its antiseptic properties, is great in fighting bacteria. Oat flakes, in addition to exfoliation, also control sebum. I felt the effect for the rest of the day. My skin was moist, fresh and looked great the next day. The redness in the usual places was barely noticeable.



I have never tried homemade skincare products. Okay, maybe once. I remember soaking my nails in olive oil on a regular basis and there were times when it was necessary to DIY body scrub. Once I wore yogurt on my face the whole day. Yes, I fell asleep in the sun! Is this considered a homemade skincare product? Well, I don't know if olive oil or yogurt fits into this category because everything is only one ingredient. I admit I was a little skeptical of the idea of testing homemade face masks, but still, I was curious. If nothing else, it will be fun. I browsed the web a bit and chose a turmeric mask that promises glowing skin. Turmeric is known for having anti-inflammatory effects and is used religiously by Indians for everything- spice in the kitchen and as a secret weapon in the fight against acne, dry skin, pigmentation, and wrinkles. Preparation: 2 tablespoons of flour (wheat, rice, even ground oat flakes ); 1 teaspoon turmeric; 3 tablespoons milk (or yogurt); a few drops of honey. I proudly prepare my first mask and find out that with the quantity I made I could smear my face, neck, décolletage and at least both hands. Ok, maybe they have smaller spoons in India?! I apply it to my face, take some photos, dump the excess in the trash and find that my fingers are quite yellow. Panic mode! Great, the instructions say to leave the mask on your face for 20mins to dry completely. Not gonna do that, rules are meant to be broken. I run to the bathroom, otherwise I'll look like I'm suffering from jaundice and I don't think this is a beauty look for spring/summer 2019. My impressions? The mask washed off easily and after about five minutes of wearing it does not color the skin. I can't say it did what it promised- J. Lo glow, but I admit that my skin was soft and didn't feel tight after washing. Maybe next time I'll muster the courage and actually follow the instructions.

- A.P


As for all millennials, I too am obsessed with avocados. I like it on my toast, with eggs, in the form of vegan pudding (3 ingredients, 5 min work, email me) and I could list more. I buy and eat almost everything that contains avocados. I just wish we weren't so damn expensive (1,50 € a piece). Although this may be for my own good. If it was cheaper, I would probably throw it in my bathtub and bathe in it while eating it. Same with chocolate cake… Oh, I have a recipe for a divine vegan Sacher cake made with avocado! There are three reasons for testing this mask: my obsession with avocados, the consequent convenience of it, and the recommendation of esthetician Joanna Chech. The latter may have convinced me the most since I have my doubts about the efficiency of home-made masks. Joanna puts it this way: “Vitamin C content in avocados helps to lighten up while vitamin E and antioxidants provide excellent hydration.” I also added homemade honey, which has antibacterial properties and is a humectant that draws moisture from the air to the skin. Chech said that, too. I mixed it all up, mushed it and applied to my clean face. The feeling was very pleasant, cooling, moisturizing. I left it on for about twenty minutes and then rinsed it with lukewarm water. My skin was pleasantly soft, soothed and moisturized, without feeling tight. Pretty good I have to admit. I don't expect anything more from a home-made mask. So if you have avocados laying around your kitchen and you want to mask but don't have one on hand, try this. And the best part, just mix what's left of it with another avocado, cocoa powder, a bit of honey and voila- vegan pudding! Bon appetit / masking.

- I.Š.