9.02.2014

Beauty Bag: DIY Homemade Face Masks

There's a heavenly sort of feeling that comes over me when I take off a face mask. It's a combination of being both intensely clean and quietly at peace. In other words, my love letter to whomever discovered face masks - you're a genius. As I comb through the Skin Care section at Sephora, it's really quite easy to spend an entire paycheck on facial creams, peels, masks, and treatments. But if you're looking for a quick fix, you don't have to look too much further than your own kitchen pantry. Just grab yourself a bowl and start mixing! Here are my top three go-to face masks that one can make with the ish in your cabinets and / or fridge.


1. Greek Yogurt Mask. I always have Greek yogurt (almost exclusively Fage) on hand; this is mainly because I used to love sour cream and would eat it all the time. We're talking multiple times per day. This was clearly prior to realizing how fatty it is - you live / you learn. Now I chow down hardcore on Greek yogurt because it's great for your skin, keeps that digestive tract in check, and tastes amazing on twice-baked potatoes (true story). But on top of all that, Greek yogurt makes an unreal face mask - no additional ingredients necessary! Just slap some straight from the fridge onto your face, leave for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. The lactose enzymes in the yogurt will dissolve dirt and tone down redness and irritation, leaving your skin bright, clean, and soft. 


2. Avocado Mask. Growing up in Florida, we almost always had avocados around the house. I became so used to them being available that even today they're generally a staple in my weekly diet - which is a fabulous habit to have because they're great for you inside and out. You often hear about hair masks made from avocado, but did you know that all their healthy fats are super skillful at moisturizing your skin, too? Some people combine avocado mush with just a dash of honey (also uber hydrating) but I like to pair it with honey AND apple cider vinegar, which acts as an astringent to clear up skin and balance pH. Just smash up in a bowl all together, smear on your face and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.  


3. Chocolate Mask. Chocolate's not just for eating (although that's still good, too, duh). It's overflowing with antioxidants and a touch of caffeine which leaves skin de-puffed and brighter after a face mask by improving blood flow to the skin. Mix some cocoa powder - LIVE for this stuff - with finely ground coffee beans to kick the caffeine up a notch and really wake that skin up. Add in some cold pressed organic coconut oil, and you've got yourself an unbeatable concoction. Slather on and leave for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water (I also like to end with a splash of cool to close up those pores). 

Have another? Send your at-home and DIY beauty fixes to hippieteaparty@gmail.com - we want to try them!

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