Facemasks are one of my top fav forms of self-care. They're quick, beneficial and encourage a moment of relaxation. I've tried an abundance of DIY recipes, drugstore masks (ok, that was the old me) and high end, natural facemasks. Currently, I'm swooning over this recipe I formulated with some inspiration from Pinterest (tap so see what I'm pinning!).
It's 100% natural, super easy, and feels amazing. More likely than not ("not" = vegans), you'll have these ingredients at hand.
If you're relishing in a moment alone, half this recipe, as it's intended for 3+ masks (great for sharing!). It will last in the fridge, however, I recommend waiting about 4 days before "masking" again.
In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of natural yogurt (I use Olympic Natural 6%), 1tsp of activated charcoal powder (Vancouverites: I picked mine up at the Soap Dispensary), 1tsp of raw unpasteurized honey and 4 drops of 100% pure lavender essential oil. Wash face thoroughly, removing any makeup and oils. Apply the mask evenly across the face, thickening in porous areas. Allow mask to dry for about 15 mins (I usually apply it and hop in the tub... Hello self-care!), rinse off with warm water and moisturize. Voila!
I know what you're thinking... Yogurt on my face? Hard pass. Before you get ahead of yourself, let me hit you with some benefits of this nourishing mask.
First of all, if you have sensitive, inflammation-prone skin, this mask is for you. These 4 ingredients are both gently exfoliating and calming for the skin. Not only does the yogurt provide an enjoyably spreadable, smooth texture, it also contains lactic acid, helping to dissolve dead skin cells. This velvety concoction helps moisturize, fight breakouts and diminish lines & wrinkles (nothing wrong with lines and wrinkles though, sister!). The charcoal draws impurities, oils, dirt and bacteria from the skin. Lavender essential oil makes for a delicious smelling mask, and helps improve blood circulation, soothe the skin and treat blemishes. Lastly, the "honey is packed with anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, making this mask a perfect option for acne-prone skin" - wise words from my gal pal Sisley, over at The Pure Life.
If you've ever tried mixing charcoal in water as a mask, you've likely vowed to never make that mess again. It's a pain in the ass to wash off, leaving you with a stained face, hands and facecloth - and a face that's more irritated than you started with. Diluted in yogurt, the charcoal will wash off a treat.
If you don't have yogurt on hand, or don't support the dairy industry, you can ditch it from the recipe and mix the other 3 together for more of a peel-like mask. Please note it is harder to wash off without yogurt (as mentioned above).
Try it out and let me know what you think!