TUMERIC & HONEY MASK
Long considered a superfood in the health world, antioxidant-packed turmeric is a wonder ingredient for your skin too. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help calm redness, reduce the appearance of scarring, brighten skin, and even help fight acne. Coupled with honey which improves the skins texture, is anti- bacterial and softens and moisturizes the skin.
1 tsp. turmeric root powder
2 tbsp. ground oats
3 tbsp. organic plain yogurt
3 drops raw honey
Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until smooth. Spread mixture evenly onto clean face, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse face thoroughly. Follow with your face oil or moisturizer of choice!
COFFEE & HONEY SCRUB
You'll enjoy a brilliant glow after using coffee in your face and body scrub. It adds brightness to the skin, reduces puffiness and reduces cellulite. These benefits come from the active ingredient, caffeine!
2 tbs. ground coffee
2 tbs. raw honey
1 tsp. jojoba oil
(coconut oil works too, or whatever your favorite is)
Mix all ingredients into a bowl and mix until smooth. Apply scrub all over the face and neck or body and gently massage in a circular motion. Rinse off with water and follow with a light moisturizer.
Aloe vera is one of my favorite natural beauty ingredients because it's like a superfood for your skin.
Aloe vera can reduce inflammation, heal scars and sunburns, be used as an antiseptic, fight aging and treat acne.
Most importantly, it's a straight forward ingredient- apply to the area in need and you're good to go.
I like using aloe vera gel as a serum after I wash my face. It makes your skin bright, tight and keeps it protected.
Below is the recipe for a Rose and Aloe Mist. I use this almost everyday and it's good for everything; whether you need to hydrate, need a toner or need something to set your makeup.
Face mist is something that I refuse to buy because it's easy to make and because most of the mists I've seen use artificial preservatives and scents. If I'm going to spray something on my face a few times a day I want to make sure it's not filled with toxins or artificial ingredients.
Rose keeps the skin soft and soothes dryness, pink Himalayan salt detoxifies and the aloe keeps the skin hydrated and glowing.
For more aloe vera skin care recipes check out the chart at the end of this post.
Rose Aloe Mist
In the spirit of not overdoing it (look at the post under this), here's the recipe for a really simple, gentle and easy mask made of milk, honey and rolled oats that's good for all skin types.
I call it the Baby Face mask because this leaves your skin feeling super soft, smooth and smelling good. This mask also doubles as an ultra gentle exfoliant and leaves the skin lightly tightened (always a plus).
Oatmeal is good for gently unclogging pores, honey is an antibacterial and milk softens the skin.
Baby Face Mask
1 tbs flax milk
(It's full of omega-3 but regular milk is perfectly fine too)
1 tbs raw organic honey
1 tbs rolled oats
Mix ingredients in a small cup/bowl.
The consistency should be sticky enough to stay put on your face, but adjust to your liking--this is a customizable mask.
Apply mask to clean face and leave on for 10 minutes.
Avoid getting this in your eyes.
Remove by dipping fingers in warm water and gently rubbing face in a circular motion to gently exfoliate the skin with the oats for 30 seconds, remove residue with a damp clean cloth and let face air dry.
Then feel the baby smoothness and apply a thin layer of your favorite moisturizer.