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One of my favorites ways to relax and de-stress is by kicking back with a DIY facial mask. Today, I’m going to show you how you can turn your kitchen into a home spa and revive your complexion naturally! 

 

Most of us follow some sort of daily home skin care regimen. We choose products that fit our budgets and our lifestyles, while speaking specifically to our individual skin concerns. If you’re anything like me, you love to occasionally treat yourself to a spa facial. But when we get stressed and busy, self-care appointments tend to drop to the bottom of the priority list. Family, work, and budget can sometimes get in the way.

 

The good news is, you probably have everything you need for a face mask right in your kitchen.  I challenge you to commit to 30 minutes to taking care of yourself everyday and here’s one idea on how you can do it. Whipping up homemade masks are so easy – and it gives you a perfect excuse to sit quietly and relax while the mask does its magic.  

 

First, let’s talk ingredients! Once you know the benefits of each, you can make up your own recipes to match what your skin needs. 

 

Bananas: Helps fade dark spots and blemishes, smooths out rough skin, moisturizes and hydrates 

 

Coffee Grounds (espresso grind): Reduces inflammation and redness, while also reducing the appearance of under-eye circles. Also a great exfoliator that removes dead skin for a brighter, lively complexion.

 

Oats: Nourishes, calms and soothes skin

 

Lemon Juice: Two types of hydroxy acid (AHA & BHA) that remove dead skin cells and help clear up blackheads, acne, and discoloration

 

Raw Honey: Antibacterial properties and is a natural exfoliator

 

Avocado: Moisturizes, nourishes and helps reduce inflammation

 

Coconut Oil: Naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal which means that it can get rid of the dirt and grime that cause breakouts, without harsh chemicals

 

Egg Whites: Tightens skin and absorbs excess oil.  

 

Plain Yogurt: Lactic acid which makes a visible difference to skin by lifting away rough and lackluster surface cells to uncover fresh, new, brighter skin. 

 

Brown Sugar: An excellent exfoliating agent that can help replenish the dead cells.

 

Below are 5 “recipes” to get you started. Try one and let me know what you think. Or mix and match ingredients for whatever your skin needs. On a practical note, if you have an allergy to any of these ingredients, avoid using them in a face mask. And, remember, these are fresh ingredients – for best freshness and texture stability, use the face mask within the hour, or at least in the same day. 

 

Now on to the making.  It’s so easy —just 4 steps:

 

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl until you have a consistency you like
  2. Apply to your face
  3. Kick back and relax for 15-20 minutes – or longer if you feel like it
  4. Rinse well with warm water and moisturize

**And, if you are anything like me, you will add homemade face masks to your weekly beauty routine. Mixing and matching ingredients for whatever your skin needs.

 

 

Soothing Mask

1/4C Ground Oats (just give a turn in the blender)

2T Coconut Oil, melted

1T Raw Honey

 

Exfoliating Mask – before rinsing off, gently rub in circles for extra exfoliation

1T Coffee Grounds, espresso grind

1T Brown Sugar

1T Coconut Oil, melted

 

Pores Be Gone Mask – or at least the look of them

1 Egg White

1T Raw Honey

1 Squeeze of Lemon

 

Punch of Moisture Mask

½ Avocado, mashed

½ Ripe Banana, mashed

1T Coconut Oil, melted

 

Get Your Glow Back Mask

1T Olive Oil

4T Plain Yogurt

 

Final note, true healthy skin begins from within! Hormones, great nutrition, and low inflammation translates into a youthful, glowing, and clear complexion. If you are wondering how your health or hormones might be affecting the health of your skin, check out our online 30-Day Hormone Detox program or the Hormone Screening with Lab test and Consult.