DIY facial masks are one of the simplest, yet potentially indulgent things we can do for ourselves as the perfect act of self care. There's also something incredibly satisfying about finding many of these ingredients in your kitchen or garden. Furthermore, there's an amazing science behind this simple act, as we allow ourselves to connect with the powerful healing powers these ingredients have to offer.
AVOCADO HONEY FACIAL MASK
Honey has incredible antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also works as a natural exfoliant helping to eliminate dead skin cells and brighten the skin. Yoghurt is rich in probiotics as well as moisturising to the skin. This mask also helps to reduce redness and inflammation.
1/2 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon natural organic yoghurt
Mash avocado into a soft paste. Add yoghurt and honey and mix thoroughly. Apply to face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
CUCUMBER & ALOE VERA FACIAL MASK
Aloe vera is highly anti inflammatory, soothing, hydrating and healing. As an added benefit, the cucumber in this recipe contributes unique cooling and cleansing properties.
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1/2 a sliced cucumber
Blend cucumber slices until watery. Add aloe vera and mix until smooth. Apply to face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
DEEP CLEANSING MUD MASK
Bentonite clay draws impurities from the skin, helps to unclog pores, gently exfoliates and has a calming effect on breakouts. Honey has powerful antibacterial properties and can assist with skin healing. Apple cider vinegar absorbs excess oils and can help to restore normal pH levels to your skin. Lavender essential oil not only has a beautiful scent, but it also helps to reduce inflammation.
1 teaspoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon filtered water
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 drops lavender essential oil
Mix the bentonite clay and honey. Add enough water to form a thin paste. Add lavender essential oil. Apply to face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes or until hardened. Wash off with a cloth soaked in warm water to help to steam off the mask.