DIY Exfoliating Face Mask & Blemish Remedy
Wrapping up my birthday month with a DIY July for you!
I’ve gathered some ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen already and perhaps a few others that are easy to get.
The list is extensive not because you need all of them for the recipe to work, but rather so you have options to substitute or add/subtract based on your own needs.
I’ve created and tested these recipes on myself. Everyone’s skin is different so you may have varying results; but if you adjust based on my notes, you should come out with something that will be just as stellar for yourself!
The whole list includes:
- Turmeric Powder
- Cinnamon Powder
- Rice (Water)
- Used Coffee Grounds
- Green Tea
- Lemon Balm
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Greek Yogurt
You can read about the benefits of each here.
Mask- my pores were huge recently. This exfoliating face mask not only shrunk my pores, it also cleansed the grossness (I’m talkin visible blackheads), tightened my skin, and evened my complexion :O
I’m currently in the tropics with high temps, high humidity, and extra dirt all around so my skin just got the fix it’s been needing with this one!
Here it is:
- 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon Powder
- 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Juice
- 2 Tbsp Used Coffee Grounds
- 1 Tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil (you can use another carrier oil, that’s just what I had handy)
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
- 12 Drops Lemon Balm
*Note* - these measurements are approximate. I used a scale as I don’t actually have measuring spoons here :P Also, this makes enough to use this mask probably 4-6x; so, unless you’re using it for your body as well or sharing, make less as it won’t keep long enough for you to finish it!
This concoction smells so freaking good O.o
Don’t stress if you don’t have all the ingredients. You can improvise or omit where needed. For example, if you don’t have or don’t want to use coffee, you can sub in ground almonds (a bit coarser than almond flour), desiccated unsweetened coconut, sugar, salt, gemstones (such as crushed amethyst) etc. The more you add, the greater the exfoliating action so don’t go too crazy- it is your face after all ;)
If you want to keep the exfoliating action as gentle as possible, skip the coarser ingredients and use at least one of the following:
- Cinnamon Powder
- Greek Yogurt
These all provide some level of exfoliation because of their natural properties <3
A word of caution with using turmeric and coffee- don’t use towels or cloths you care about. Turmeric stains everything yellow and coffee stains it all brown (if you don’t wipe it off. You can clean your sink, shower, and skin quite easily).
- Gently apply to clean skin (after the cleansing step) in a circular motion
- Leave of for 15-20 minutes
- Remove with warm water and a clean cloth
- Follow with the toner and moisturizing steps from last week =D
Exfoliate- you should exfoliate 1-2x a week or as needed. You can use the mask above or simply use the exfoliating ingredient on its own if it’s coffee, coconut, or almond as these already have natural oils in them.
If you use sugar, salt, or gemstones, you will need to also use a carrier oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil.
*Note* I have only used gemstones in a clay base- The Dead Sea Mud & Crushed Amethyst Face Mask. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to order some!
Blemish Remedy- Lemon balm and Tea Tree Oil work awesome on spots.
Literally, use ONLY on the spots, otherwise it can dry your skin and throw off your oil production (when used in concentration). You can dilute in water, witch hazel, or aloe juice (as in the toner recipe from last week). You just need one or the other of the oils.
Please do let me know how this mask worked for you and if you made any adjustments! I really enjoyed this one and I hope you will too =D
With all my love