Halle Berry Shared One of Her Favorite DIY Face Mask Recipes
Interrupting your day with important skin-care content courtesy of Halle Berry. The actress revealed "the secret" to her healthy skin and shared a DIY two-ingredient face mask recipe.
In a video on her Instagram, Berry introduces her esthetician Olga Lorencin, crediting Lorencin with helping her keep her skin in top shape. They run through an at-home facial treatment together, using two products from Lorencin's skin-care line. Berry says that she starts by washing her face, noting that she uses Olga Lorencin Skin CarePurifying Gel Cleanser (Buy It, $42, dermstore.com) or Olga Lorencin Skin Care Rehydrating Cleanser (Buy It, $42, dermstore.com) when her skin is feeling dry. Lorencin stresses the importance of exfoliation in the quest for glowing skin, and Berry agrees that "relentlessly, religiously" exfoliating is of utmost importance. (See: The Ultimate Guide to Exfoliation)
Post-cleanse, Berry says she uses Olga Lorencin Skin Care Deep Detox Facial In a Box (Buy It, $98, dermstore.com), which, according to Lorencin, helps treat congestion and even out skin tone. The at-home facial kit includes three steps: a peel with mandelic, phytic, and salicylic acids; a neutralizer; and a mask with ougon oil and charcoal. Judging by Berry's experience, it's strong for an at-home peel. She exclaimed "Oh my God!" and "This is hot!" while massaging in the neutralizer.
In case you don't want to shell out on an at-home facial kit, Berry also shared Lorencin's instructions for a two-ingredient mask that uses ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. The recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of whole plain Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon of honey, with optional additions. If you have dry skin, you can add a slice of avocado and a few drops of avocado oil, and if you're prone to acne, you can add powdered charcoal and/or a few drops of chlorophyll. It doesn't get much easier than mixing honey and yogurt, and both ingredients have benefits for the skin. Yogurt and honey both moisturize, while yogurt is a source of lactic acid.
Back in April, Berry shared another DIY face mask on the Instagram account for her digital wellness community, rē•spin, noting that it's one of her favorites. It "brightens, tightens, reduces fine lines and enhances that natural glow," wrote Berry.
You'll need to mix together four ingredients for the mask: 2 tablespoons of brewed green tea, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. (Related: The 8 Abs Exercises Halle Berry Does for a Killer Core)
If Berry's stamp of approval doesn't already have you running to your pantry, the benefits of each ingredient might. Green tea contains antioxidants that are especially potent when applied topically, so it's used in skin-care to help fight free-radical damage to your skin's natural oils. Lemon juice brings additional antioxidants, while turmeric is anti-inflammatory and can help brighten skin. (Disclaimer: Be sure to stick to the measurements on each, since turmeric can tint skin yellow and the acid in lemon juice can damage skin, Toral Patel, M.D., a dermatologist practicing in Chicago, previously told Shape.) Finally, the DIY mask's yogurt can help soothe irritation.
For the full experience, you can incorporate either face mask into the four-step facial routine that Berry posted on her IGTV during one of her #FitnessFridays. In the video, Berry cleanses her skin with an electric face brush then uses Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub (Buy It, $28, sephora.com). Step three is a face mask — Berry uses Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Mask (Buy It, $55, dermstore.com) in the IGTV post, but this is probably where her turmeric mask comes in on DIY days. Last but not least, she moisturizes with the Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum (Buy It, $79, dermstore.com) from Lorencin's line. (Related: How to Make the Best DIY Face Mask for Your Skin Type)
If you want to copy Berry's 4-step routine without shelling out on her products, scan the ingredient lists on your skin-care products for lactic acid. Berry mentions in the video that she likes the ingredient because it sloughs away dead skin cells. It's in her serum and scrub of choice, and it's naturally occurring in the yogurt element of her DIY recipe.
Berry seems to be full of suggestions on how to treat your skin while enjoying self-care time. To get in on her latest rec, you might not even have to travel farther than your kitchen.