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This is an amazing face mask recipe that you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand, and keep in the fridge to use nightly. It’s cheap, easy to make, and safe enough to eat (though it might not taste great!)
Because it’s freshly made it doesn’t contain any preservatives or perfumes that can aggravate the skin. Below are some ingredients to consider using in your at-home face mask, but feel free to add or take away ingredients based on what you have.
Juice of 1/2 a lemon: lemon juice is antimicrobial and is great for reducing redness in the skin. You can add the juice of a full lemon if you have a lot of redness or malasma.
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt: contains probiotics to support a healthy skin flora
1/2 avocado: high in vitamin E and healthy fats to protect the skin’s natural barrier, especially important as we go into the cold, dry winter months
1 small cucumber or 1/4 english cucumber: decreases redness and puffiness of the skin. Cucumber is naturally cooling and hydrating, and has astringent properties which help tighten the skin.
1/4 tsp baking soda: this makes the mixture more basic as a lot of skin issues are due to an overly acidic environment
2 tbsp olive/coconut oil: this helps nourish the outer barrier of the skin, and coconut oil is antimicrobial so it’s particularly good for acne-prone skin.
1/3 cup raw oatmeal: this helps to slough off dead skin cells and clears out blackheads
1 tsp raw honey: honey is naturally antimicrobial and moisturizing. It also brightens the skin and evens out the complexion.
1 tsp spirulina: full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals - great for anti-aging.
Don’t worry if you don’t have all these things on hand, any combination of these thingswill benefit your skin.
Give your ingredients a quick blend together, apply to clean, dryskin and allow it to sit for 30minutes.
Soak a face cloth in hot water, wring out andmassage the mask off your skin and voila! Your skin will be glowing.
Repeat nightly untilyou’ve used up the mixture (it should make about enough for a week and feels lovelywhen it’s been in the fridge).
Written by Susan Gillis, Naturopathic Doctor
Susan is a naturopathic doctor and yoga instructor based out of downtown Toronto. She loves to take care of people so that they have more energy to devote to their passions.