Skincare

Food For Yo’ Face

Two of my favourite things in life are food and skincare, and when both of those things are combined together, I love them even more! Masks that use fresh, natural ingredients have so many benefits and there’s a mask out there for every type of skin. Here are some of my favourite masks you can make at home and also a few of my favourite LUSH Fresh Face Masks!

Oily/Acne Prone Skin

Egg White, Clay, and Oatmeal

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp clay
  • 1 tbsp oatmeal

Whisk egg white, then add in clay and oatmeal. Apply and let sit for 10-15 mins. Wet hands with warm water and rub the mask in to help exfoliate and slough off any dead skin sells. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry with a clean towel. Follow with a toner, serum and moisturizer.

Pure Egg White

If you need a quick mask to help tighten and soak up excess oil this is a great one. Try not to use it too often though as lemon can be quite harsh and you don’t want to strip your skin too much of it’s natural oils.

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Whisk, apply, let dry and tighten (about 5-10 mins.) and then rinse with warm water. Pat face dry with a clean towel. Follow with a toner, serum and moisturizer.

Brown Sugar, Coconut Oil and Lemon

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Mix ingredients together and apply. Let sit for about 5-10 mins. only as the lemon juice can be quite harsh. Exfoliate and rinse with warm water. Pat face dry with a clean towel. Follow with a toner, serum and moisturizer.

Irritated/Sun-burned or Sensitive Skin

Avocado, Honey and Oatmeal

This mask is great if your face is at all irritated and you need to calm it down quickly.

  • 1 half of an avocado, mashed or 1 half of a soft banana mashed
  • 1 tbsp organic honey
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • 2 slices of cucumber or 2 green tea bags (previously steeped)

Mix ingredients together (minus cucumber) and apply. Place 2 slices of cucumber/green tea bags over closed eyes and relax for 10-20 mins. Rinse with warm water, pat face dry with a clean towel. Follow with a toner, serum and moisturizer.

Normal/Dry Skin

Coffee, Coconut Oil and Honey

  • 1 tsbp coffee grounds
  • 1 tsp raw/organic coconut oil or Avocado oil
  • 1 tsp honey

Mix ingredients together, apply, and let sit for 10-15 mins. Wet hands with warm water and rub the mask in to help exfoliate and slough off any dead skin sells. Rinse with warm water, pat face dry with a clean towel. Follow with a toner, serum and moisturizer.

Hangover Fix

We all have those mornings where we’ve had a bit too much to drink the night before and our skin is left feeling dull and parched. This mask always makes my skin feel fresh and makes it look like I’m not so hungover.

  • 1 tbsp clay
  • 1 tbsp activated charcoal (about 2-3 capsules)
  • 1 tsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 2 tsp plain greek yogurt or half a soft, mashed banana

Mix ingredients together, apply, and let sit for 15-20 mins. Rinse with warm water, pat face dry with a clean towel. Follow with a toner, serum and moisturizer. Follow by drinking copious amounts of water!

My Favourite LUSH Fresh Face Masks

Ayesha

Cosmetic Warrior

Cupcake

Benefits of each Ingredient

Egg whites are great for oily skin. They help tighten and lift the skin, and help shrink pore size!

Oatmeal is perfect for sensitive and oily skin. It can also be used to exfoliate. It contains natural cleaners called saponins and is also an anti-inflammatory.

Avocado is moisturizing and nourishing. It’s also great to add shine to your hair. (use same recipe for face mask on your hair).

Clay has been used in cosmetics for centuries. Bentonite clay in particular pulls out toxins, chemicals, and even heavy metals. The clay also helps provide oxygen to cells and has an alkalizing effect. If you live in Vancouver, you can purchase multiple types of clays from The Soap Dispensary on Main Street.

Honey is full of antioxidants, is a natural anti-bacterial, and is highly moisturizing.

Coffee contains caffein (duh) which helps skin’s circulation, cell regeneration and is full of antioxidants! Try using it all over your body as a scrub, too!

Brown sugar is an antibacterial and contains glycolic acid which is great for anti-aging!

Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti fungal and extremely moisturizing.

Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that dissolves dead skin cells. This gentle exfoliation not only helps to create a natural glow and prevent breakouts, but works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Lemon can be harsh on the skin if not used with caution; but when used properly, it can have some great benefits! It’s an antibacterial and a natural lightener because of its citric acid and vitamin C, so if you suffer from discolouration or sun spots, lemon is great!

Banana is similar to Avocado in terms of its benefits. It’s a great moisturizer and contains vitamins B, C and E and amino acids.  It’s great for fighting acne and helps with anti-aging.

Activated Charcoal is a miracle worker. You can find capsules at most health food/ vitamin stores. Charcoal naturally detoxifies  your skin; it pulls bacteria, dirt, nasty chemicals and the earth’s harmful free radicals out and helps clear you skin. It has so many other benefits as well for the body, but we’d be here for hours if I went on.

Let me know which masks are your favourite and if you try any of mine, let me know! You can tweet me @pacificbeauty_ or tag me in a post on Instagram  @pacificbeauty.ca

Here’s to happy, healthy, glowing skin!

-Cass