I love homemade, natural face masks. I love the idea of taking everyday items and turning them into something nourishing for my skin. I think it’s so cool that you can take everyday items from your pantry and make a snack…or whip up a fun skin mask! Life is funny like that. I’ve been using two new face mask recipes lately that have evened out and brightened my skin. Each recipe only calls for three ingredients. Simple, inexpensive, and effective. Check them out!
Turmeric Face Mask
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, fights acne, is good for both oily and dry skin, and (being an exfoliant) helps smooth skin.
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp honey
dash of milk (less than 1/2 tsp)
Dip a cotton ball or pad into the mixture and “paint” it on your skin. Allow the mask to dry completely (it won’t harden, though). Scrub it off with warm water or a nonabrasive cleanser. Follow up with a toner and moisturizer of your choice.
***Turmeric will stain. Do not use your best wash cloth to wash it off. I found this out the hard way. I had my mask on in the shower, rinsed it off, and then proceeded to dry my face off with our best, white bath towels. That towel, as you have probably guessed by now, subsequently has a lovely yellowish tint to it in one spot. grrr. The things we do for beauty, amiright?
I love this mask because it is an excellent exfoliant. The turmeric scrubs all the dead skin off and leaves it feeling smooth and silky. It helped to brighten my skin and bring a little life back to my tired eyes (helooooo dark circles).
Make sure to get all the mask off your face, or you’ll be left with a yellowish tint that will have people concerned for your kidney health.
Charcoal Skin Mask
I mentioned that I bought activated charcoal to have on hand in case our family gets hit with the stomach flu or in case the kids swallow something they shouldn’t. But then I read that you can make a really effective face mask from the capsules as well! I did a little reading on the subject and here is one quick blurb on the benefits of activated charcoal and your skin:
Activated charcoal, carbon that’s been treated to increase its absorbency, isn’t new. It’s been used in hospital emergency rooms for years to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. It works by attaching to toxins in the stomach and absorbing them before the bloodstream can. The theory behind including activated charcoal in beauty products is similar: It’ll act like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. And the experts say that theory holds water. “When dirt and oil in your pores come in contact with the carbon, they stick to it and then get washed away when you rinse,” explains cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. source
2 activated charcoal capsules
1 tsp bentonite clay
1 tsp of water
As with the other mask, this one stains, so use the same method of mixing it (in a nonreactive bowl with a nonmetal spoon) and paint it on with a cotton ball. Allow to dry.
I loved this mask. Fortunately, I rarely break out with pimples. Unfortunately, I have blackheads every single day on my t-zone. I’ve never found anything – anything – that helps. This mask, however, literally sunk into my grand-daddy craters that serve as pores and gave them a good scrubbing.
I let this mask dry, rinsed with water, and you could still see the charcoal in my cavernous pores. I followed this up with a gentle cleanser and an old wash cloth (again, the charcoal stains) to get the rest of the charcoal out. My skin felt unbelievable, but I wouldn’t say that I noticed an instant change in skin clarity. The next day, however, was a whole different story. My pores were noticeably clearer and smaller. Miraculous.
One night, I got Mike to do a face mask with me. The things this guy does for me. What a good egg.
Ok, onto hair…So you know how I mentioned that I’m terrible at doing my hair? I just feel like I’m all thumbs and most hair tutorials sound good enough but I can’t make my hands do with their hands are doing and I end up with hair that not only doesn’t look like theirs, but now is also a hot, greasy mess because I fussed with it over and over. Anyways, the struggle is real but I’ve been determined to learn a few new ways to style my hair because I’m a grown woman and I’d like to think this sort of thing isn’t beyond me. But I digress. Here are two new, easy hair styles I’ve been trying:
Headband Hair Tuck
I watched this youtube tutorial. I really, really liked Esteé’s videos. I also watched a few of her beauty tutorials. Next up, winged eyeliner!
The Two-Minute Twist
Ok, I’m still getting the hang of this two-minute twist, and with my curls, I’m not sure it will ever look all neat and tidy, but oh well. I love it anyway.
The other night, my friend Sheila came over and helped me figure out a few new hairstyles. With her help, I’m slowly starting to get the knack of doing more than just throwing my hair in a messy top knot. (Who knew there were V-shaped bobby pins! Not I!) What about you? What are some of your favorite, go to hair styles? Any favorite hair tutorials out there?