As I sit here writing this my face is completely covered in bright orange goop. I may look ridiculous, but this all natural turmeric face mask (the recipe I’m about to give you) is like a miracle worker, so it’s worth scaring the post man for!
When you become conscious of what you are putting in your body, you also start to think about what you are putting on your body too. For me this also includes skin care and beauty products.
The skin is the largest organ you have, and it’s super absorbent, so any chemicals or toxins in the moisturisers and other products you put on your body end up being absorbed by your skin into your blood stream and organs.
I have very sensitive skin anyway, and have always struggled with products I can use that do not irritate or sting. A few years ago I started using completely natural moisturiser and face oil, and haven’t looked back since.
How do you know whats in your beauty products
If you want to know more about what’s in the beauty products you use there are now websites where you can find lists of the ingredients in most beauty products, and each product is graded as to its harmfulness. My favourite is the think dirty app which you can download straight to your phone. There is also a website called cosDNA to search for products.
Apart from doing a lot of research before you buy, and sticking to brands you know are dedicated to only using natural ingredients, the other option is to make your own. Obviously not something that is easy or accessible for everyone to do, including me.
DIY Face masks that are all natural
The ingredients for each of these face masks are items you may already have in your cupboards at home, or are easy to purchase from your nearest supermarket or health store.
1. The turmeric miracle mask
This turmeric face mask really is a miracle worker. Not only does it help reduce dark circles and leave your skin feeling brighter and smoother, it can also lighten and remove facial hair, it’s a great antioxidant too.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl, jar or tupperware
Add the honey and milk and stir until all of the powder is absorbed
If you need to add a little more milk or honey to achieve this that’s ok. But don’t make it too runny.
(you can always add a little more flour or turmeric to thicken it up if you add too much by mistake)
You should end up with a firm paste consistency
Apply the mask to clean, dry skin, wearing rubber gloves as turmeric is a dye and it can stain. Also ensure you avoid eyebrows, eyelashes, or other areas of hair you don’t want to remove. Wipe off immediately if you do get any of the mask on these areas. And make sure not to drip any on clothes or furnishings too.
Leave on for 10-20 mins
Wet face and massage face mask then wash off with warm running water.
Ensure all of the mask has gone before using a towel as the turmeric will still stain.
If you find your skin look slightly yellow after, don’t panic. Use a gentle foaming face wash and it will remove any of the remaining turmeric.
Make sure to moisturise once all of the mask is removed.
Storage: Mask can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 weeks and still be effective. If it dries out slightly just add a little more honey and re-mix
2. The coconut sugar scrub
A lovely and oh so simple natural mask that only contains two ingredients! I use this coconut scrub as both a face AND body scrub! It will not only leave your skin feeling super smooth and moisturised, but smells amazing, and is environmentally friendly too – none of those nasty micro-beads going into the water supply.
Add the coconut oil to a small glass jar, then add the sugar second, pouring it over the oil.
Use your fingers or a small spoon to gently mix the two ingredients together (don’t worry if all of the sugar isn’t absorbed as it will get picked up as you use )
For the face, apply the mask to clean skin using damp fingers and rubbing in small circles
As a body scrub, apply to dry skin with dry hands and rub in a circular motion
Wash off with warm water
When applying make sure you are over a sink or stood in the bath/shower for this one, as the sugar particles have a tendency to scatter everywhere.
As the sugar dissolves in the warm water you can wash this off in the bath and not end up sat on lots of scratchy particles.
Top Tip: If you want to take the body scrub a step further add in some ground coffee too. This will make it a detoxing scrub that can also help reduce cellulite.
Storage: This can be kept and used safely until it runs out. Keep in an airtight jar or tupperware at room temperature.
3.The yogurt and lemon refresher
This mask is cleansing, moisturising, brightening, and leaves you skin glowing and soft.
Mix all of the ingredients together until you get a creamy paste
Apply a thick layer to your face and neck with a brush or your fingers
Leave on for 20 minutes
Wash off with warm water and apply a moisturising oil
Top tip: if you don’t use all of this mixture on your face, you can totally eat the left overs!
Storage: because this mask is made with fresh yogurt I would not recommend keeping for more than a couple of days in the fridge. It is best to make it in small amounts so it is fresh for each use.
And there you have it. Three super simple, very effective face masks you can easily make at home that will do wonders for your skin.
I hope you enjoy them, and I would love to hear if you have any natural beauty recipes of your own.