It goes without saying that I’m a huge fan of anything skin and self-care. My drive lies within a belief that self-care should be seen as an everyday necessity, not a once in a while luxury. I have been lucky enough to experience the benefits of this first hand and have witnessed it many times while working closely with clients over the years – when we spend time on ‘me’, there’s much more to offer ‘we’. It’s win-win.
I understand that sometimes it’s hard to find the time/ resources to experience regular professional facial treatments, but that doesn’t mean you should be missing out on treating your skin, or yourself. There are plenty of easy ways to indulge your facial loving self at home, with ingredients straight from your pantry or fridge. Using a facial mask 1-2 times a week is a staple in a good skin care routine and can take as little as 5-10mins out of your day if you really want to do something other than lounge around while it’s on ( I wouldn't recommend housework, but that's mainly because I don't like it)
Here’s what you need to know to allow you to have fun creating your own facial masks from easily found ingredients.
Firstly. You’ll need a base for your mask, this is what will hold the mask together, and they can be used as a mask on their own, or mixed together. Depending on your skin type, choose from one of the ones listed below:
Banana (Every Skin)
Avocado (Dry/ Ageing Skin)
Greek Yogurt (Ageing/ Dull/ Congested Skin)
Paw Paw (Breakout Prone/ Thickened/ Dull Skin. No Sensitive)
Clays – Kaolin (Any Non-Sensitive Skin)
Bentonite (All Skin Types)
Pink (Sensitive/ Ageing Skin)
Green (Oily/Acneic Skin)
Coconut or Olive Oil (All Skin Types)
Pure Aloe Vera Gel (sun damaged/ sunburnt & tight, dry skin)
Once you’ve decided on your base any combination of the following can be added to enhance and treat:
Lemon or Lime Juice for a softening, brightening effect
Honey is hydrating, antibacterial, tightening and contains many antioxidants
Blended Cucumber can help to soothe and freshen
Powdered Charcoal is great for detoxing hormonal skin
Bi Carb Soda is a gentle exfoliant that will soften, increase circulation and help to reduce inflammation
Cacao Powder rejuvenates and gives a great glow due to to the high anti oxidant content
Ground Nutmeg and Cinnamon are both high in antioxidants and gently exfoliate while soothing skin
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice contains vitamin C to renew, zinc to help heal and will give a soft glow to the skin
Oatmeal is a fantastic anti inflammatory for reactive, sensitive skins
PLEASE AVOID ANY INGREDIENT YOU HAVE A KNOWN ALLERGY TO, AND ALWAYS PATCH TEST ON A SMALL AREA OF SKIN BEHIND YOUR EAR BEFORE USING ANY NEW INGREDIENT.
Once you have all your chosen ingredients it’s as simple as blending or mixing until a thick paste forms. Apply to freshly cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area and leave for 20-30mins. (NO LONGER THAN 10mins IF USING PAW PAW)
If using gritty ingredients you can gently massage over skin to exfoliate.
Remove with a warm, soft wash cloth or rinse off in the shower!
If you’re feeling really fancy you can wipe over with a natural apple cider vinegar ‘toner’ (1tsp Apple Cider Vinegar in 1 cup Water, dip in cotton pads) before following with your chosen facial moisturiser or oil.
Facials at home may not have that luxe feeling that you get from visiting your favourite Beauty Therapist but they can still deliver results, even if it’s just the thrill you get by realising yet another reason why avocados are the King of the World.