Fall is finally here and this means loads of cozy time on the sofa with hot chocolate, big socks and a face mask. I personally love face masks and they are a mandatory part of every relaxed sofa night.
Today I want to share my current favorites when it comes to diy face masks. They are all super easy and fast to make and they come plastic free. However, they are not all vegan, since some of them contain honey. I get my honey from one of my uncles so I know the living conditions of the bees. I only use his honey and I do feel very okay with it, even though I know some vegans do not eat or use honey.
When making these face masks, try to get all ingredients in organic quality to make sure your skin is not disturbed by any pesticides.
Honey basically is the first face mask. Nothing but honey.
Several studies have shown that honey is an effective broad-spectrum antibacterial agent. It also naturally absorbs excess oil, which helps prevent and help with acne. You can add a little bit (1/2 a teaspoon) of cinnamon if you have severe problems with acne to add an extra antibacterial dosis to the face mask.If you use pure honey you can leave the mask as long as you wish on your face (at least 20 minutes). If your blend in some cinnamon, leave it for no longer than 20 minutes.
Kaolin Clay, Rhassoul Clay or Healing Earth
I love clay face masks. These are actually my absolutely favorite and while I am writing this I am thinking about getting one right now. There are a whole lot of different clays out there. I am usually using an healing earth or a kaolin clay. Kaolin clay is even more gentle to the skin and is especially great for people with sensitive skin. But both can actually be used for all skin types.
Clay helps even out skin tone and reduces blemishes, it nourishes the skin and reduces breakouts. It can also increase skin elasticity, even skin tone, and reduce skin dryness or flakiness. Furthermore, it is very calming to the skin.
Kaolin clay in particular is used as a skin detoxifying and cleansing agent. The clay contains high contents of silica which helps removing dead skin. It also purifies and detoxes the skin and makes it moist.
For my clay facemasks, I add a little bit of water to 2-3 Teaspoons of clay and mix it well. I leave the mask until it is completely hardend (which sometimes takes up to 45 minutes) and I then rub it off my face. Afterwards I wash off the leftovers with warm water. I really like the peeling effect when rubbing the hardend clay off and my skin feels sooooo good afterwards.
Clay masks really are AMAZING when you have problems with impurities or acne. I am currently using this White Kaolin Powder from Logona.
It’s fall right? So it’s pumpkin time! Pumpkin is actually pretty amazing for your skin. It is packed with zinc, antioxidants, and vitamins such as A,C,E and beta-carotene. Pumpkins protect your skin from wrinkles and age spots as well as gently exfoliating for a more radiant complexion.
For a pumpkin face mask you need first and foremost pumpkin meat (cooked and soft).
You can then add honey, some avocado oil or homemade almond milk (to moisture) and even some cocoa powder (The level of antioxidant compounds in cocoa is higher than that of green tea, black tea or red wine!). Leave for around 20 minutes.
I LOVE this mask and I promise you will too!
This one is awesome for dry skin and I usually use it a lot in winter. During the months of winter my skin gets easily dry and this mask helps tremendously.
Just blend the meat of half an avocado with half of a banana and leave on your skin for around 20 minutes or longer. You can also add some avocado oil to the mask, to increase the moisturizing effect even more.
Have you tried any of these masks? What are your favorite face masks? I would love to know!
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