DIY Acne Fighting Face Mask

20 Oct 2014

Redness, acne, blemishes, sun spots, dry skin. Sound like your skin? We all go through periods in our life where we have one thing or another going on with our skin- don’t worry I’m exactly the same. Our skin is such a delicate part of our body and can make or break our confidence. I personally have been on accutane 3x, countless over the counter medications and while the accutane worked for a bit, the acne always came back.

The only thing that I found that truly got rid of the acne, scaring, and actually reversed all the bad effects on my skin was changing my diet. Eating clean, cutting out dairy (which I found out I’m intollerant to and was causing my breakouts) and learning to reduce stress all gave my plump, hydrated and clear skin. I remember the day my mom asked me if I had botox because my skin was glowing so much! I laughed and told her NO WAY- it was all the plant based foods I was eating. Botox-0, Clean Eating-1 🙂

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Anyways, this past Friday I was home and decided to give myself a little TLC and make a facemask. What better way than making your OWN with all natural ingredients that nourish your skin, as much as they nourish your insides?! I’m a huge fan of using ingredients you have in your own home, things that you eat, and that whole saying of ‘if you can’t eat it- don’t put it on your skin.’ As you know, there are so many amazing foods that nourish from within so why not put those same things on your face to help calm your skin?

I chose to make a really simple DIY acne fighting face mask of makuka honey, apple cider vinegar, pumpkin puree, oatmeal and spirulina. Most of these you have in your house and here is why they are good:

  • Manuka Honey: anti-microbial, anti-fungal and helps to calm skin. Meaning that it kills bacteria, i.e. acne, and reduces redness. Woohoo.
  • Apple cider vinegar: dries out acne stopping it in it’s tracks, works the same as a toner, calms redness.
  • Oatmeal: adds moisture to skin, cleanses, calms redness and buffs away dead skin. Remember when you were young, had chicken pox and had to soak in an oatmeal bath? It’s all those benefits but on your delicate face.
  • Pumpkin: rich in vitamins and minerals, boost collagen, and reverses sun damage. Don’t forget to buy organic sugar free puree or make your own from those halloween pumpkins.
  • Spirulina: contains various vitamins and helps to rejuvinate tired skin, treat dark circles, and slows down skin aging. Don’t forget to take it in smoothies for an abundance of benefits as well! (I personally use Organic Burst as it’s my favorite brand. Check out this post on why.)

Seems pretty good right? And so much cheaper than those ridiculously expensive creams you buy.

Now finally, the delicious recipe (just in case you happen to lick your lips while applying):

  • 1 tsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp oats (preferably ground, however any no-sugar kind works)
  • 1 tsp manuka honey
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Mix well until a paste is created. It might be a bit runny, but that’s fine as it will dry after a few minutes on the face. Apply to face and leave it for 20 minutes then wash off. For maximum benefits, add 1 tsp coconut oil afterwards and go to bed for absolutely radiant skin the following morning.

Xoxo,

Nikki

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