There’s nothing like going to your kitchen to whip up something nutritious and health giving….and use it as a face mask! Check out these Four DIY face masks for foodies!
I’ve been obsessed with face masks since I was a little girl. I discovered the power of homemade face masks when I was working in the Skin Clinic. I started to move away from using chemical laden, alcohol based solutions, and began to look for gentler, more natural options. The results were immediate; my clients loved the feel, smell and after effects of these natural masks, and you can make them at home as well!
Please test all of these masks on a small patch of skin first. If you’ve got easily irritated skin, or highly active skin, please see your therapist or skin specialist before using. As with any homemade mask, use it immediately, and perhaps stand over a sink and cover yourself with a towel (they may drip). Play around with the amounts until you get the perfect consistency for you.
For oily skin:
The Pink One
Strawberries are renowned for use on oily skin. They contain salicylic acid, which helps to break down the keratin bonds that hold dead skin cells together.
The coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, destroying any nasties on the skin; and while it may seem a little strange to put oil on oily skin, it will help to balance out oil production; and with continued use, will return your skin to a balanced state.
The kaolin clay is optional, but recommended (available from health food stores) as it will aid in drawing out impurities.
For dry skin:
The Green One
Avocado is filled with numerous fats and oils that are not only great internally, but also wonderful to use externally. It will help to soften and moisturise the skin, while the chia seeds are filled with omega 3, an essential fatty acid, and antioxidants.
The oats are smoothing, and will also give your skin a light exfoliation.
For active, acne-prone skin
The Yellow One
Bananas contain a multitude of ingredients that rejuvenate and nourish the skin, as well as acting as an astringent which will help to balance out the oils on your skin. It will reveal fresh and dewy skin, and the bicarb soda will get deep down into the pores and break down dirt, oil and grime.
Turmeric has been used for hundreds of years to reduce inflammation, and has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It may slightly stain the skin, so ensure you rinse well.
For dull skin
The Orange One
Papaya contains enzymes that help to break down dead skin cells, while tomatoes are reputed to brighten dull skin and make you glow! Orange juice is zesty, and the Vitamin C will help with cellular repair.
Have fun with homemade face masks! The beauty of them (amongst many things) is that you know exactly what’s gone in it! There’s no hidden ingredients, allergens, preservatives or perfumes. Go to your kitchen NOW and make something delicious for your face!
So with that in mind, I’d love to introduce you to The Vegie Head September Challenge!
Using one of the mask recipes above (or your own), #vegiehead on instagram (@vegiehead) or post to the Vegie Head Facebook wall for your chance to win some fantastic prizes:
-A bottle of MicrOrganics Vanuatu Coconut Oil
-A copy of The Stripped Bare Program, worth $197
The most creative, scrumptious and inventive homemade face mask wins!
>> Make sure you sign up to the VH Newsletter to find out who wins- and you also get a Mini Guide to Glowing Skin <<
Entries close on the 30th of September 2014.
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