Last night was the first night in almost a week that I didn’t have to get up early the next day, so I was excited to do a face mask and take a leisurely shower, and not be in a hurry; pamper myself a bit. Do you get that way after rushing through your bedtime routine for days?
If you know me, you know I like to make my own beauty products with mainly kitchen ingredients. It feels more natural. So many unpronounceable, ‘what the heck is that?’, ingredients in most products.
Last night I mixed about 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt with a couple squeezes of honey. (2 spoonfuls if yours is in a jar) . I rubbed it onto my already washed face, as thick as I could get it without sliding off, everywhere except for I left eyes (for safety reasons) and mouth (for tea drinking) clear of the mask.
Note: this made way more than I needed, so if you are making this for yourself, cut the amount in half easily.
I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t know yet that I would be doing a blog post about face masks. If you would like to picture it in your mind; I’m sitting on the couch sideways, legs on the couch, back against the armrest. Reading a book, sipping hot tea, my face looking like a monster with unevenly covered yogurt/honey on it, dried to different degrees puckering up here and there. (aren’t you glad I didn’t take a picture?!?)
I like doing a facial and then getting into the shower for the rinsing off of the goop. So much less messy than trying to do it at the sink, water dripping down your arms.
If you want to make your own products, just think smoothie ingredients for your face basically.
Yogurt is a great base and then blend in pretty much any fruit- strawberries, papaya, pineapple, or juice from fruit – lime juice, lemon juice , orange juice (if you are using an acidic ingredient, make sure your mixture is thick, so the juice doesn’t roll into your eyes).
Other liquids could be- different milks; almond, coconut etc or brewed tea, I like honey because its thick and also because it supposedly moisturizes the skin. I usually add an oil since my skin is on the dry side – coconut is my favorite because of the thick consistency. (As you can tell, I like my face mask thick!)
Just go crazy experimenting with avocado, cucumber, coffee grounds (this is actually one of my favorite ingredients, it exfoliates as you rub it on and my face is a bit red after it sits on my skin but in a good way, It’s supposed to make you less puffy), cocoa powder (this is too messy for me but it has antioxidents and would smell great!) Other exfoliants besides coffee grounds could be oats, ground almond, sugar (white or brown), salt.
Note about the ground almonds: Put them in the food processor and make them super fine. Trust me and learn form my mistakes- when you rub almond bits on your face, they feel like little knives if you don’t process them enough. It also seems like it would release more of the oils if you proccess it more right?
You can have 2 ingredients or 5, its up to you and what you have in your kitchen. Do you have and avocado or banana that is too ripe to eat? Put it in your face mask. You will soon have favorite ingredients to use on your face. Everyone’s skin is different so you just need to try some things.
Here are some combinations to get you started if you need inspiration:
- part of an avacado
- a small handful of oats
- a couple squeezes or spoonfuls honey
(don’t make more than you need to cover your face since this one can’t be stored for later use. Use more or less of each ingredient to get the consistency you like)
The avacado and honey will moisturize and the oats will exfoliate so be sure you rub it around a bit as you apply it.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes then rinse.
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1/4 cup strawberries
Slather it on and let it sit on your skin for 10 – 15 minutes, then rinse.
- 1 cup coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- 2 tbs melted coconut oil
Scrub face gently with it to get the exfoliation benefits, then let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
This is a big batch so you can save what is left.
Use this scrub in the morning, to wake up your skin. The coffee gets the blood flowing and reduces that morning puffiness. And the smell wakes up your brain.
I recommend putting it on your skin and drinking a cup of coffee while you wait for the mask to do its magic, then shower it off and start your day relaxed and refreshed with a color to your face as if you went for a morning run.
That’s all I am going to post for now but if you are interested in other combinations, let me know and I will be happy to post more. If you have homemade facial ingredients you use, I would love to hear about it in the comments.
If you use ingredients that keep well, you can store them in leftover containers / jars or there are containers you can buy that are just for the purpose of storing beauty products at beauty supply stores and places like the Container Store.