Self-Care Sunday – My Favorite DIY Face Mask

 

 

This mask is for all skin types, especially if you have sensitive skin and find it hard to use items found in stores. Natural ingredients work best because they are free of the additives and words we cannot pronounce that are on the back labels of most facial products. This method is inexpensive, and once you buy these ingredients, you can use them for a variety of things.

 

 

 

Yogurt: I typically use Chobani plain greek yogurt. The lactic acid in yogurt helps to dissolve dead skin cells. This ingredient will also act as the moisturizing agent of the mask. Yogurt has all types of benefits for your insides when eaten, but when applied to the face you can get a healthy glow and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Turmeric: Turmeric has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. These work together to fight acne/breakouts and even skin tone.

Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal draws bacteria, toxins, and dirt to the surface of the skin. Activated charcoal is also great for tons of other things, like curing hangovers ahead of time when taken while out drinking. Pro Tip.

Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil is a magical, powerful, and wonderful resource for healing. You can use it in your hair, to kill warts, and heal acne breakouts. It’s antifungal and antibacterial properties work overtime to heal, and you only need a couple drops to get the job done. But be careful of using too much too often, because it can burn or dry out your skin. Like I said, it’s extremely powerful and effective. If you apply it directly to your skin for problem areas, be sure to dilute it with witch hazel or a carrier oil first.

Lemon: Lemon helps to brighten your skin due to the citric acid and vitamin c it carries. Lemons are also antibacterial much like many of the ingredients I’ve already listed, so you will for sure finish this mask feeling refreshed.

 

 

I usually mix the mask right in the single serving Chobani tub, cover it, and save it for repeated use. If using the single serving size of yogurt, add 2 tbs of turmeric, juice of half a small sized lemon, 5 drops tea tree oil, and 2 activated charcoal capsules (broken open of course). Mix it all together and you’re ready for use.

If you’re making a single use portion use about 2 tbsp yogurt, 1 tbs of turmeric, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 3 drops tea tree oil and 1 activated charcoal capsule.

 

You should end up with something that looks like this.

 

Before you apply the mask there are a couple of steps you should take to ensure that you get the best results:

  1. Use warm water and your favorite cleanser to get a fresh palette and remove any makeup or dirt.
  2. Use a scrub to exfoliate your skin. This step is not required, but I definitely think it helps in removing dead skin.
  3. Next, open your pores. You can do this by using a hot towel covering your face until it cools off, taking a shower, or sitting over a bowl of steaming water for 1-2 minutes.

Then apply the mask using a face brush or your hands, but make sure they are clean. Let it stay on for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the mask using a warm washcloth and finish with toner and moisturizer.It’s best to do this mask at night because the lemon in it can make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

 

My pores are tighter and my breakouts have dried out. I’m going to have to create an eye serum to tackle those dark spots under there. Doing this 2-3 times a week will definitely give you great results.

 

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