DIY Face Mask: Glowing Skin With 3 Ingredients

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23 May 2016

I decided to create an awesome DIY face mask: glowing skin with 3 ingredients and here’s why…

Being in Thailand, it’s super humid and sadly my skin does not like this weather. And when I say does not like, I kind of mean hates it. The first week I got here my skin got that dewy, glow-y look that made me feel super pretty. I am pretty sure this was caused from having jet lag and going to sleep super early, meditating each morning, plus my daily gym sessions and the steam room. Cut to the end of week three and my skin has been fu-reak-ing out! I’ve never done well in super humid climates because I’m from Colorado and my body and skin just loves the dry. That being the case, my face has decided to really break out. Awesome.

I don’t think I can fully blame the weather though. I’m pretty sure it’s a mix of not washing my face enough considering it’s so hot, going from super hot and humid to air conditioned and cold throughout the day, recipe testing which means trying lots of sauces, which have an abundance of salt and sugar in them, and not eating enough vegetables. The culinary school has been super interesting and I am learning sooooo much, however we are definitely not here to detox. That is a whole other blog post that I could (and might) write, because we all assume that vegan/plant based food is super healthy and that you can’t gain weight, get skin issues, or digestion problems. Yea….wrong.

Vegan absolutely does not mean that it’s going to be super healthy or detox your body. And alas, this course is seriously magical and the concepts are amazing, but tasting cookies, pastries, various nut cheeses and sauces, then eating all the food you make doesn’t leave you feeling super light.

Okay, I digress. We are here to talk about SKIN! And how to clear up acne and breakouts and get glowing skin. But first, let me go back to my point above. There was a reason I brought it up, I promise! Acne is mostly caused from within, so the foods we put in our body, the water (or lack of) we drink, and sleep. I always advise my clients to change their personal routines before going out and buying supplements or expensive creams, as this will normally do the trick.

However, being in cooking school, there is only so much I can change about what I’m already doing. So I decided to make a really easy face mask with ingredients you will have where you live.

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Here’s why this works:

Papaya contains vitamins A, C, E and is very high in antioxidants as well as alpha hydroxy acid, all of which help to hydrate the skin, reduce blemishes, and naturally exfoliate.

Honey is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, meaning that it can help to clear up acne and reduce redness.

Oatmeal absorbs oils from the skin and helps to relieve dry, itchiness as well as reduce any irritation. It’s a great base to mix in with other ingredients, lending itself to be extremely versatile yet effective.

DIY FACE MASK: 3 INGREDIENTS

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup papaya
  • 1 tbsp raw unfiltered honey
  • 2 tbsp oats

Directions:

  1. In your blender, add the oats and pulse so a flour like consistency is reached. If you don’t have a blender you can mix this all by hand, just be sure to really mash the fruit.
  2. Add your honey and oats and blend until smooth. I personally like to chill the mixture after this because it gives a cooling effect to the skin reducing redness.
  3. Apply liberally and keep on your face for 30 minutes. Wash off with luke warm water and a face towel.

Afterwards, add coconut oil to your face and go to sleep. Be sure to drink lots of water and get a good nights sleep and you’ll find that your face has not only cleared up, but is glowing the next day. Keep the mixture in the fridge and feel free to use this mask everyday!

For the mask I used: papaya, honey, and ground oats. You can swap out the papaya for any other fruit, so try banana, strawberry, cherry, or even use no fruit and add in some lemon juice instead or spirulina. Think about anything that is considered a superfood going into your body- you can also add this to a mask to make your skin glow from the outside as well.

Hope you all love this mask! Let me know if you try this and what the results are. Comment below and share YOUR favorite mask!

Lots of love,

Nikki

3 Responses

  1. Nicky says:

    Looks and sounds fab. I’m defiantly going to try this one, although previously my skin has not responded that well to coconut oil. I find an aloe vera serum works best for me, but I think I should give it ago again as it could have been other things that were causing me to break out. x

  2. Kristen says:

    Nikki! It is winter season and my skin has been looking dull and breaking out a little…I tried this mask last night and it was AMAZING. I love it! This morning my skin was glowing and felt wonderful to the touch. This definitely will be my all-natural, homemade go-to mask. Highly recommend. Thank you! <3

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