The one thing I dread most about constantly changing weather around this time of year? My skin going totally haywire, especially on my face. I’ve tried serums and treatments in the past, but I’m frankly too cheap to spend a lot of extra cash on pricey options that claim to be the best cure. Luckily, I only had to shell out a few bucks for a DIY mask that appeared to magically soothe my poor skin.
This simple solution comes from one of the lifestyle gurus on Netflix’s Queer Eye — but surprisingly not Jonathan Van Ness, the show’s grooming expert. Instead, the tip is from their fashion expert, Tan France. Of course, fans of the show know how flawless his skin always looks, so I felt pretty comfortable following any advice he had to share.
France first spilled his recipe for clear skin in his memoir, Naturally Tan ($17.50, Amazon). He starts by steeping a bag of green tea for about a minute, then rips it open to pour the leaves into a half cup of plain Greek yogurt. “Mix well, then apply generously to a clean face. Leave on for 10 to 12 minutes, then scrape off,” France writes in the book. “Wash face thoroughly with warm water to remove completely, then rinse with cold water to close pores. Follow up with your regular moisturizer.”
Sounds easy enough, right? I already drink Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha Green Tea ($8.99 for pack of 50, Amazon) every day, so I had half of the ingredients on hand. I picked up a small tub of Fage Greek Yogurt ($2.69, Amazon) and followed France’s instructions carefully. I also watched his YouTube video where he went helpfully goes through the whole step-by-step process, which you can see below:
I definitely felt the Mrs. Doubtfire vibes he mentions in the video after slathering my face with the yogurt mixture. It was totally worth feeling a bit silly, though — my skin felt so soft even after using it just the one time. There was a bit of the tenderness after rinsing it all off that France warns about, but it went away in a few minutes. I’ve done the mask twice a week for two weeks now and, honestly, my pores just keep shrinking, leaving behind supple, moisturized skin.
I’m not the only one impressed by the incredible results of this super simple mask. Along with fans flooding his direct messages on social media, France’s Queer Eye co-star Antoni Porowski also raved about it to PopSugar: “I don’t know if it’s the cold [yogurt], or the lactic acid, or the probiotics, but your face feels really nice and refreshed [after using it].”
If you have sensitive skin, you should start by testing it on a small patch before covering your whole face in the mask. Here’s hoping it works just as well for you, too!
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