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DIY Face Mask For Anywhere, Anytime: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, Rodan Luo, is a lawyer by day and stylish blogger by night. We can’t get enough of her blog, full of eloquent musings and excellent advice. Since she’s also one of our jetsetter role models (the frequent traveler was most recently in Sayulita, Mexico), she’ll be blogging all week about ways to make travel even more awesome. 

(Photo: ashthemakeupartist.tumblr.com)

Practically everything comes packaged nicely in 3.4 fluid ounces these days - there’s even an awesome company that sells only travel sized luxury items for all product junkies out there. But…just because things come ready to go into your carry-on-bag, doesn’t mean you should always bring them. I try to travel with the mindset of taking only what I need. So, while some things in our beauty regime are essential (look out for my post tomorrow on sunscreen), other things should be left behind so there is room to squeeze in that fourth pair of heels for your weekend get away.

This means that while I love doing a weekly face mask, I will never bring my fresh Rose Face Mask with me. So what is a girl with dry skin problems to do? Enter the DIY face mask. Recently, while on a trip to luscious Bali, a friend of mine showed me a great moisturizing facemask with ingredients that can be found everywhere. Look below for an easy-to-make mask that you can do anywhere, anytime.

What You’ll Need:
Banana, Egg-white, Honey, and Oatmeal

Measurements:
½ ripe banana. This fruit comes full of vitamin A and potassium, which naturally moisturizes and nourishes skin.

1 egg white. Aside from numerous health benefits (high in potassium, iron, and protein), egg whites are nature’s skin tightening remedy.

1 tsp of honey. Honey is the miracle ingredient that retains and attracts moisture.

½ cup of cooked oatmeal. This ingredient’s grainy little flakes will remove dead skin cells from your face, leaving your complexion soft and smooth. While using uncooked oatmeal can work, I prefer cooking it to make it soft and easier to apply.

Directions:
1. Prepare the mask: Cook the oatmeal and while it’s cooling, whisk together the egg whites, honey, and mashed up banana. Add the mixture to the oatmeal and mix well.

2. Wash your face thoroughly and make sure all your makeup is removed.

3. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub (if it’s available to you). I am a huge fan of Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.

4. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, adding more layers to certain problem areas. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes. I like to lie down so the mask doesn’t run down my face while it’s drying.

5. Rinse off with warm water, dry your skin, and apply toner and/or a moisturizer.

And there you have it! Your face feels better, doesn’t it?

If you’re not DIY-savvy, these myfaceworks Sheet Masks work wonders and are very travel-friendly. 

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