Easy DIY Mask Recipesposted on July 2nd, 2012 / by Heather Spivey / No Comments. Be The First!
I think to some degree or another we’re all fascinated with the world of Do It Yourself. I know I would like to think I’m a master of all things but in reality I usually end up frustrated with horrible glue gun burns
My biggest DIY fascination would be with skin care or makeup/custom nail polish colors….It doesn’t matter if I find them in magazines or Pinterest they’re so enticing….but come on, have you ever actually tried one??
I typically save them for later and then just end up throwing them out because I don’t have time for them or wonder if they’re really going to work or just break my face out horribly.
Since I’ve never given them a fighting chance but should…. I found the most yummy and beneficial DIY recipes for all skin types and actually tried them out to make sure you wouldn’t be disappointed….and yes, even documented it for your enjoyment! Hey, laughter does good like medicine!!!!
You can thank me later.
Let’s kick of the fun by starting with a simple facial scrub.
Make sure you start with a clean face at all times!!!!!
Brown Sugar and Coconut Oil Scrub:
Sugar is a natural glycolic acid and helps exfoliate dead, dry skin.
Coconut oil vitamin enriched in vitamins A, B, C, and E, nourishes your skin, and is a natural anti-oxidant that helps the skin repair itself. The oils protective anti-oxidant qualities protect the skin from free radicals and other environmental aging factors.
Combine 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of melted (cooled) coconut oil.
Mix together into a paste and gently rub over skin. Rinse.
. The consistency is grainy so make sure you’re not putting a lot of pressure on your skin as you scrub your face.
**I really liked this and would actually consider using all over! Just make sure you rinse well or your face will be a bit sticky.
Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Honey Mask:
This mask is calming and soothing.
Nutmeg and honey act as natural anti-inflammatories, which can reduce swelling and redness in skin. They’re also great for soothing acne scars and preventing infection.
Cinnamon can help rid your face of acne by both drying out the skin and bringing blood and oxygen to the skin surface. Combine 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg. The consistency should be like a thick paste.
Apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
**I actually LOVED this mask! It was super easy to make and I could feel the skin calming properties as soon as I put it on!
My face felt tighter and my pores looked smaller just after doing it once. Super happy I tried this!
Avocado, Banana and Honey Face Mask:
This mask is super-moisturizing!
Avocados contain tons of minerals plus vitamins B and E, and honey is a humectant (it draws moisture to your skin) and helps reduce inflammation.
Mix together ½ mashed avocado, ½ mashed banana, and 1 teaspoon of honey (preferably raw, organic and unfiltered) until blended. I mashed it until it was a very squishy lumpy jelly-type consistency.
Spread over your face and neck and leave for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water.
**This mask brought tons of moisture to my face and made it feel super soft!!! It was actually DELISH too! I would put this on toast or feed my future children for SURE!!!!!
This mask exfoliates and helps with taming oily skin.
Aspirin contains beta-hydroxy acids, which help exfoliate, and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Finely crush 3 or 4 Aspirins into a grainy consistency, and then add a ½ – 1 teaspoon of water and 1 teaspoon of honey.
Apply to face and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing. Make sure you’re using an SPF after this one in particular since it helps strip your skin of oil and has the hydroxy acids.
Since I have combination skin I actually only tried this one on my T-zone and really liked it. If you have super dry skin I wouldn’t suggest this being the first DIY mask/scrub you do.
And last but not least (this one is actually more of a skin care/moisturizing goldmine)….
This treatment is extremely versatile and VERY healing for dry skin.
Coconut Oil contains:
#1. Saturated Fats which are Medium Chain Fatty Acids or Triglycerides.
When applied on skin, they keep the skin smooth to touch while retaining the moisture content of the skin.
#2. Capric Acid/Caprylic Acid/Lauric Acid:
Although they are only saturated chain fatty acids, these three fatty acids have strong disinfectant and anti microbial properties. When applied on skin, it protects skin from microbial infections. Coconut oil, for skin, does the same thing what mother’s milk does for the body.
#3. Vitamin-E which is essential for a healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear in the skin, keeping skin smooth and it prevents ageing and wrinkling of skin.
There are several different ways to use coconut oil depending your skin type.
**With all of these make sure the oil is in the liquid form not hardened form.
Dry Skin: use small amount all over the entire face.
Oily Skin: use a very small amount under the eyes to help reduce circles since you don’t want to overwhelm your skin with extra oil.
Combination Skin: use this only on the driest parts of your face or certain areas that tend to look tired and dull.
Spot Treat: this is best for anyone who has “hot spots”, Eczema or any other dry skin condition.
This is when you want to make sure to use it in the hardened form and apply it as a paste or balm (like Burt’s Bees cuticle treatment).
All of these were so much fun to try and did not break my skin out or irritate it in any way!
I have a feeling the reason I liked these so much because I, a. had them in the pantry, b. could eat all of them and c. knew exactly what I was putting on my body..no artificial ingredients at all!
I hope you have as much fun as I did and if you happen to try these, would LOVE to see pictures on the Destiny In Bloom facebook page!!!!!
**Disclaimer: I’d suggest spot testing them if you have concerns or extreme sensitivity to certain products.