So simple yet so satisfying – a cooling and soothing little green face mask!
I have had problematic skin since f o r e v e r . (Oily, dry, redness, blemishes, large pores.. you name it.) but lets be truthful, its not the end of the world! I absolutely do have a skin care routine – and I have always enjoyed researching, investing in and trying various products which are suited to my skin type.. However, I really believe that nothing beats an all natural & home made face mask!
My skin reacts best to natural products – and I guess there is nothing more natural than pulling together some nutritious ingredients from your own home and blending it into a face mask..
You know what they say.. if its green then it must be healthy!
What are the benefits?
Avocado – These versatile, tasty and inexpensive babies are nutrient dense and perfectly creamy – ideal for mixing into a mask. Due to an avocados high (healthy) fat, vitamin and antioxidant content – incorporating more of these into your life is a no-brainer.
Oleic Acid: A monounsaturated Omega-9 fatty acid; maintaining moisture in the outer layer of the skin and involvement in reducing irritation and redness by regenerating epidermal cells.
Vitamin C: Involved in the creation of collagen and elastin.
Vitamin E: Believed to be good at counteracting the effects of aging; leading to fine lines and wrinkles as well as preventing skin cell damage from free radical oxidation.
Biotin: One whole avocado contains 2-6mg; biotin plays a major part in maintaining the health of our hair, nails and skin.
(FYI – avocados are great for soothing and healing sunburn. Also, the rough flesh closest to the skin is highest in nutrients – but is often thrown away if using a spoon or knife; try peeling the skin for max benefits!)
Matcha Green Tea Powder – Matcha benefits are endless not only when drinking, but also when being applied topically to the skin. The EGCG antioxidant and catechins in matcha absorb into the skin to decrease the sebum and bacteria that cause acne (AKA. the bane of my life.) You’ve got antioxidants for days with 1 heaped tablespoon of matcha powder – including the ability to heal and lift facial scarring over time. L o v e.
(Find out more info on the benefits of Matcha, here)
Coconut Oil – The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties in coconut oil can work wonders on your skin. It is gentle, yet effective. Coconut oil is absorbed easily through the skin and provides moisture without leaving it feeling greasy. The lauric acid especially can have a positive effect on acne.
Personally, I prefer not to lather too much of any oil directly onto the oily areas of my face (T zone) – unless mixed into a mask – however, when applying coconut oil directly onto drier parts of my face, it certainly does do the job!
Greek Yoghurt – The lactic acid in yogurt helps to dissolve dead skin and tighten pores. It is marketed as a powerful ingredient that helps to reduce acne breakouts and the appearance of fine lines & other signs of aging.
What’s to lose?
Natural ingredients have their own antioxidant content without the use of any chemical manufacturing or potential side effects – which you often find come with factory made skin creams.
THE ‘OH SO SIMPLE’ DIRECTIONS
Mash half an avocado (throw the other half in a smoothie!)
Mix in 1 heaped teaspoon matcha powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
a few drops of lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredients until it is formed into a smooth paste.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the fridge.
As you can see, the consistency is rather avocadoey!
Apply all over a clean face – avoiding the eyes – leave on for fifteen minutes before gently removing with a warm face cloth!
It’s soothing, nutritious, bursting with benefits and can also be used as a hair mask.
Without fail, this mask instantly leaves my face feeling soft, fresh and revitalized.
I’m keen to create and try various natural exfoliants and scrubs using brown sugar, honey, oatmeal and more. I’ll be sure to post and review those in the near future!
Do you prefer natural home made masks.. or are you yet to try?
Let me know what works for you!