While going to the spa and treating yourself to a facial is awesome, it can be hard to always make the time to go when you are busy dealing with everyday life situations.
That’s why we want to bring the spa to you and share 3 of our favourite homemade mask recipes with you! For your next girls’ night in or just for a special treat after a busy day, whip up one of these delicious (yes, you can eat them!) masks, put your feet up and give yourself some well deserved TLC.
1. Chocolate, Banana and Honey Mask
Who doesn’t love chocolate? We know we do! You may be surprised to learn that cocoa is full of skinloving antioxidants that will make your skin positively glow. Banana adds beautiful moisture as does honey, which is perfect for softening the skin and making it radiant. You will want to save some of this, because it’s a delicious raw pudding too!
● 1 tbsp cocoa
● 1 mashed banana
● 2 tsp honey
Simply add all these ingredients to a bowl and stir until well combined. Apply for 2030 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water and patting dry. Enjoy!
2. Strawberry Parfait
This creamy delight is perfect for your skin! That is if you don’t eat it all first! Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant to prevent and treat the signs of damage as well as to brighten the skin. Greek yogurt is rich in lactic acid, perfect for gently exfoliating the skin, leaving it bright and super smooth! Honey adds some extra sweetness for when you lick the spoon, but it’s antibacterial properties will help to treat and prevent blemishes too.
● 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
● 1 tsp honey
● 2 mashed strawberries (pop in blender or mash with a fork)
Throw all the ingredients into a small bowl and stir until well combined. Apply a generous layer to the skin and put your feet up for at least 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
3. Pumpkin, Maple and Cinnamon Mask
If you still have pumpkins left over from Thanksgiving, then put them to good use and give your skin a beautiful treat! Pumpkins gently exfoliate the skin as well as brighten due to high amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin A is also essential for skin repair. Maple syrup is full of antioxidants to fight free radicals and okay, we’ll be honest...it tastes just perfect paired with the pumpkin. Cinnamon adds a festive edge while helping to treat blemishes at the same time.
● 4 tbsp pureed pumpkin
● pinch of cinnamon
● 2 tsp maple syrup
Combine all the ingredients well in a bowl. Apply to your face and allow to set for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Add the extra filling to pastry and enjoy mini pumpkin pies or eat it straight outta the bowl, we won’t judge!