Happy Wellbeing Wednesday!!! Let’s change the hump of the week into a day where we take some time out for ourselves and concentrate on our wellbeing!
I love making my own face masks when I have a bit of time. This way I know the ingredients that are in it and can also adapt it to my wants and needs.
The ingredients I use aren’t too expensive and some may be in your kitchen cupboard already. Once you have the ingredients, you can make a lot of fresh masks when and as you need them. Tailored to your needs too!
Mask 1- Blemish Blaster and all-round fixer
Half a tsp of turmeric, half a tsp of Neem powder, half a tsp of yoghurt and a pinch of Alum powder. Mix together.
The benefits of this mask are clearing the skin of acne, scars, pigmentation because of the Neem Powder. Alum powder will aid in healing any open skin, removes facial hair, tightens pores and lightens dark circles under the eyes. Turmeric is an antiseptic, it reduces acne and scarring clearing breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory qualities calm the skin when irritated. Lastly, yoghurt has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties for acne prone skin. It also aids in reducing fine lines and wrinkles with its anti-aging properties. Yoghurt helps dissolve dead skin and like Alum, tightens the pores.
Mask 2- Deeply exfoliation
Half a tsp Chickpea flour, half tsp turmeric, 2 pinches of Pink Himalayan salt and half a tsp yoghurt (you can add half a tsp of coconut oil or olive oil to this to make it a little softer on the skin). Mix together.
The benefits of this mask are exfoliating and pore cleansing. Chickpea flour contains Zinc that aids in controlling excess sebum from being produced and soothes inflammation in the skin. It also helps to fight infections that can cause blemishes or acne. The salt has small minerals that are easily absorbed by the body this acts as a remineraliser for the face, and cleans deeply. It also reduces acne and skin infections that result in blemishes. This is a natural antiseptic and leaves skin feeling clean and soft. Yoghurt is anti-aging and removes dead skin like mentioned above. Turmeric has antiseptic properties, reduces scarring, clears breakouts and is anti-inflammatory, calming irritated skin.
Mask 3- Brightly Detox and sooth
Half a tsp Matcha powder, half a tsp honey and half a tsp yoghurt. Mix together.
The benefits of this mask are that it is detoxifying, cell rejuvenating and acne clearing due to the Matcha powder. Honey has natural antibacterial properties helping prevent or clear acne. It also contains antioxidants slowing down the aging process leaving you with smooth, moisturised, glowing skin. Yoghurt is anti-aging and removes dead skin. This will help the other ingredients work effectively in the skin.
Mask 4- toxin remover and soother
Half a tsp Charcoal powder, half tsp honey and just under half a teaspoon of warmed coconut oil. Mix together.
The benefits of this mask are the removal of toxins, dirt and build-up from deep within the pores due to the magic of Activated Charcoal. Charcoal soaks up toxins, chemicals, dirt and grime that gets clogged deep in our pores. It holds on to all the unwanted things in our pores and takes them when washed off our skin down the drain. The appearance of pores are a lot cleaner and less visible after using charcoal giving our sking the fresh look and feel we want. Honey is moisturising, slows down aging, smooths and leaves the skin glowing. The warmed coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which aids in calming irritation and acne. It also contains lauric acid which is hydrating. It is soothing on the skin and is known to repair cells. Warming the coconut oil and using this as a warm mask allows the pores to open up so that they can be cleansed deeply. The charcoal will be able to work deep within the pores leaving you a cleaner finish. It also has a nice soothing spa feel to it.
- When applying all masks, I use one finger to apply the mask using small circular movements. Once the mask has covered the face I smooth on a thicker layer and wait for it to dry. This insures that the mask has been worked into the skin covering the whole face. If I only want to target a certain area, then I apply it only to that specific area.
- When removing the mask, I rinse my face off in the shower making sure that all the mask has been removed. I do this because some of these ingredients can stain clothing. This is the best way to make sure that it stays in the shower and goes straight down the drain.
- All of the ingredients can be used on their own or in different combinations. You can add rose water, plain water, honey or orange blossom water to create a paste and then apply.
- As a very simple mask I use a tsp of Lemon and a tsp of honey. This is a great face wash or face mask. I would be careful when mixing lemon with other ingredients as it could be too harsh for the face. For example, lemon and alum is not a mix I would use on my face.
- All of these masks can be used on the body as well. All you need to do is adjust the quantities. Just be careful of sensitive areas like your eyes and ladies’ bits or men’s parts!
My routine with a mask …
- Wash my face with warm water and a good face wash twice. I love the Neem gel face wash and soap bar from Himalaya Herbals. I also love the Cetaphil face wash.
- A gentle exfoliate. I use the neem scrub from Himalaya Herbals or use a face cleanser (Robert & Gallet face cleanser/mask) with my exfoliating mitt. Just make sure that when using a mitt, you go gentle on the face.
- I dab my face dry with a clean towel and apply the mask.
- Once the mask has set wash it all off.
- Then, I use a toner. This could be anything from rosewater, witch hazel, orange blossom water or your usual daily toner.
- If it’s night I sometimes apply an eye cream but always apply either a night oil or cream.
- In the day time I apply my day cream and if it is not sunny or I am staying in I will mix the day cream with a face oil to give me a spa feel and nice finish.
I hope you liked this post. If you get a chance to make a mask of your own let me know I would love to hear how it went?
If you make your own masks already, I would love to hear what you use and how you use them?
Much love to you all xx