Everyone loves a good DIY face mask. They are easy to make, and allow for lots of creativity and customization. You can make them using ingredients that you have in your kitchen (herbal tea, yogurt, honey, oatmeal, etc) or that grow in your yard (powdered rose petals, dandelion, nettles, plantain), from the Earth itself (powdered clays and muds), or you can splurge on precious oils and extracts from around the world. One of my favorite DIY face mask methods starts with a green smoothie!
A green smoothie is one of the easiest ways to consume large quantities and a great variety of fruits and vegetables, while still having the benefit of the fiber (juicing strips that away). Blending the fruits and veggies also makes them easier to digest, and the nutrients more bioavailable (easier to absorb) since it mechanically predigests the foods.
But have you ever tried to apply a green smoothie directly to your face?
Even if you add thickening ingredients to your smoothie like banana or avocado, your green smoothie is likely to slide right off your face and leave you with a mess. In order to turn your green smoothie into a DIY face mask that will actually stay on your skin long enough to provide its benefits, you have to add extra ingredients to thicken it up and keep it on the skin.
I show you how to turn your green smoothie into a DIY face mask in this segment on Good Morning Connecticut at Nine:
Here are 7 of my favorite DIY smoothie mask add-ins and thickeners:
- Powdered milk: Powdered milk contains nourishing lipids and gently hydrating and exfoliating lactic acid.
- Activated charcoal: This is incredibly detoxifying, and helps to deep cleanse the pores
- Raw honey: Humectant and antioxidant-rich honey contains natural sugars and enzymes, which refine, hydrate, and nourish the skin (and it’s microbiome)!
- Yogurt: Yogurt naturally contains probiotic strains which fortify the skin’s microbiome, as well as fatty acids and lactic acid. Choose whole Greek yogurt for added probiotic strains.
- Powdered herbs or matcha: These add additional vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals to the skin. Be sure the herbs are powdered super-fine, to avoid over-exfoliation.
- Powdered clay or mud: These have excellent thickening, pore refining, detoxifying, and absorbing properties, and also deliver a healthy dose of minerals to the skin. Clay and mud also have excellent adhesive properties, and help keep the smoothie on the skin for longer.
- Powdered aloe vera: The moisture in the smoothie will reconstitute the aloe, and give it a gel-like consistency. Aloe is a powerful humectant, which will bring hydration to the skin, in addition to antioxidants and other nutrients.
And these are just a few! There are so many options available.
Have you ever tried a green smoothie DIY face mask?
What were your add-ins? How did you like it? Please share your experience in the comments below.
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