Oh, this mama could use a spa day!
One blissful day filled with hot stone massages, a pedicure with a side of champagne, and a facial that leaves my face radiant, smooth as a baby’s bottom, and brighter than it was before I had children…..Okay. Back to reality. That’s not happening any time soon.
If you’re anything like me (and I bet you are), you have way too much to do to get to the spa every month or two for pampering. And let’s not forget about the obvious, here. Who wants to spend all that cash? I don’t.
Thankfully, I do have a few minutes to spare at night once in a while when I can manage to pull together an at-home facial. What’s awesome about that is that it costs me pennies, and I use ingredients that I keep in my kitchen all of the time. Sure, I might have a kiddo or two tugging on my shirt while I mix it up, but my #LifeFromScratch is beautiful that way.
A few years ago, in my late 20’s, I found myself suffering from some pretty nasty hormonal acne. This was completely foreign to me, because growing up I had always had clear skin. I had to completely make-over my skin care routine, and that’s no easy thing.
You can read more all about My Natural Skin Care Routine here. As I researched, I began to see that there were so many chemicals and toxins in many of the products we buy, even though we think they’re safe.
I started to realize that making my own skin care products might in fact be the safest (and least expensive) way to go.
I began experimenting with different cleansing methods, using different natural products and essential oils on my skin, and making my own skin care items. Before long, I was making my own DIY Cleansing Facial Wipes, facial toners and lotions. One thing that I absolutely love about making my own skin care products is that it is totally customizeable!
You can alter a recipe any which way you like to suit your own skin’s particular needs. That was an awesome revelation for me because I have combination skin to begin with, and I live in Michigan where it’s super cold (read: dry) in the winter, and super humid in the summer. I also came to the realization that if I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) eat a certain ingredient, I probably shouldn’t be slathering it all over my skin, right?
What I have for you today are three very different DIY facial mask recipes that are totally edible!
Now, listen, I’m not saying they’ll taste great, but you could eat them if you wanted to.
The first edible facial mask is a brightening and detoxifying Bentonite Clay and Charcoal Mask for Dull, Acne-prone Skin.
It’s just three ingredients:
- Bentonite Clay: bentonite clay comes in a powder, and it made of up volcanic ash. It’s full of minerals, and pull toxins out of the skin and even prevent future breakouts. I use this kind.
- Activated Charcoal: activated charcoal is basically just carbon that is “activated” by heating it in order to make it porous. It’s amazing for drawing toxins out of the skin and brightening the skin. I even use it in my toothpaste to whiten my teeth! You can purchase charcoal in bulk or buy it in capsules and simply break the capsules open. I tend to use the capsules because I find them less messy. I use this kind.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: good old ACV is an item that everyone should have in their refrigerator at all times! It has amazing detoxifying and alkalyzing properties, and when used on the skin has the ability to tighten and tone! I love this kind.
- Mix the three ingredients in a small bowl until a paste forms, thick enough that it will stay on your face, but thin enough that it will spread.
- Apply to your (clean) face and let sit for about 15 minutes. It will harden up and make your face feel super tight!
- Wash off with warm water.
You can also use charcoal as part of a detoxifying facial mask!
The second edible DIY facial mask is an Avocado Honey Face Mask for Dry Skin.
There are just two ingredients:
- Avocado: avocado is know for nourishing and revitalizing dull, dry skin. It deeply nourishes the skin without causing irritation. AND it tastes AMAZING.
- Honey: I’m talking raw, unfiltered honey here, people- not the stuff you get in the little plastic bear at the grocery store. That’s corn syrup. Don’t get it twisted. Raw honey is great for sensitive, mature skin, and can even help relieve symptoms of rosacea and eczema.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 T organic, raw honey
- Mash or whip the avocado and honey.
- Apply to your clean face and let sit for 15-30 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
The third edible facial mask is a Turmeric Yogurt Mask for Youthful Skin.
It’s just two ingredients:
- Plain, organic yogurt. I like to use the Greek variety because it’s thicker and stays on my face a little bit better. Yogurt has high levels of lactic acid that help promote healthy skin by gently exfoliating and tightening pores.
- Turmeric: I use dried turmeric in this recipe, but you could use it fresh from the root as well. Turmeric is incredibly high in antioxidants and promotes rejuvenation by softening fine lines and wrinkles.
- 2 T plan Greek style yogurt
- 1 T dried (or 1 t fresh) turmeric
- Mix turmeric into yogurt.
- Apply to your clean face and allow to set for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
All three of these masks can help you achieve beautiful, glowing skin without leaving the comfort of your kitchen. Of course a spa day is great, but at-home spa days come in a close second.
If you have more time to yourself, make sure you have the ingredients on hand for a full facial spa experience!
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