Herbal Interests // 3 DIY Herbal Face Masks
I've really been enjoying learning about herbal care, and not only using them to heal on the inside of the body but on the outside as well. I've spent some time over the past few weeks trying to find some useful and fun ways to use herbal treatments for my skin, specifically my face. I talked a couple of weeks ago about teas blends for healthy skin, which to be honest, I have not been keeping up with. I am not a huge fan of tea on days that have been as hot as they are here, and I am not a big iced tea drinker. Let me rephrase that, I do not drink iced tea ever. With that being said, I guess I'll be drinking more hot tea this fall and using more green face products now instead! I've read that a lot of herbs are great to use as facial steams. I have not attempted that yet, but it sounds fairly easy to me! Today, we are talking face masks, and these are all extremely simple and made with products that are probably already in your pantry.
Turmeric Face Mask //
Turmeric is a well known spice found in Indian cuisine, but it also used often for herbal remedies, and if you're into naturally dying fabric or yarn, it's the most common spice used to turn things mustard! I think natural dying is SO cool. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which makes it a great treatment for sun exposure, acne, stretch marks, blackheads, and to achieve healthy, glowing skin. This is the perfect way to treat acne prone skin naturally. My turmeric mix was very cooling, as it contains mint and aloe vera. This would be a great mask to soothe sunburn as well!
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp aloe vera gel (I used two leaves off my plant)
- 1 tsp mashed mint leaves, fresh or dried
- 1 tbsp honey
- Leave on for 20-30 minutes
Bentonite Clay Powder + Apple Cider Vinegar Mask //
Bentonite clay is great for drawing out impurities from the skin by unclogging and reducing the look of pores, exfoliating the skin, prevents blackheads, treats acne, evens out skin tone, and heals and regenerates skin tissue. That sounds good, right?! Make sure to use 100% Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, as anything less than 100% is usually made with apple juice concentrate and will not have the same results. Also, do not use a metal container or utensils to mix the bentonite clay, as it will have a negative reaction.
- 2 tbsp bentonite clay powder
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Leave on face for 10-20 minutes. May cause redness.
Chocolate Face Mask //
This face mask smells really good. Rather than use cocoa powder, I opted to try carob powder instead as it is rich in Vitamin E, which is known for its healing properties and fighting against wrinkles. This also makes it a great ingredient for strong and healthy hair, like in my dry shampoo recipe. This mask will help fight inflammation and even out skin tone.
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 tbsp carob powder
- 1 tsp organic dry oats
- 1 tbsp ground almonds
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp dry milk powder
- Leave on for 10-20 minutes.
Above, in those terribly blurry photos, I am wearing the Turmeric Face Mask. It was very cooling, which was nice as it helped relieve a lot of my sore, irritated acne. I crumbled the mint with my fingers, and though it looks really interesting in the photo, it would have been nice to have used a mortar and pestle. Next time! This mask came off fairly easily, though it did leave my towel a bit yellow after washing. Make sure that you are wearing an old t-shirt and a crap towel if you make this mask! Each of these recipes is good for one mask and can be left in the fridge for about 2-3 days, I'd say (maybe not the Bentonite Clay Mask). Better to just make them as you want to use them! Have fun!!
Note: I am a not a professional herbalist nor do I have any formal training in herbal remedies or natural beauty care. This is all based on my own research, practice, and experimentation. Please read into each of these ingredients and mixtures before applying to your skin, as they could produce negative or allergic reactions. Thanks, y'all!