natural face masks

Product of the Week

This is the start of a new series – Product of the Week – where I’ll highlight one of my latest favorite healthy products. Please let me know if you have any specific category requests!

Today’s pick is a face mask by Naturopathica. Naturopathica, founded by a clinical esthetician and herbalist, has quickly become one of my go-to lines for beauty products, especially face masks.

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The Aloe Replenishment Gel has two desert succulents as its main ingredients – aloe and prickly pear cactus.  I love that this mask goes on clear (just like aloe) and I found it gentle enough to leave on overnight.  It’s a perfect choice for anyone who experiences redness, dryness and/or breakouts. It’s also great for unproblematic skin types who just want a healthy boost.  To make this mask even more calming, try storing it in the fridge.  An interesting fact – 88% of the ingredients in this mask are derived from organic farming!

 

Fall Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp organic heavy whipping cream

How to:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Cover entire face minus the area directly around your eyes
  3. Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes
  4. Rinse face with warm water

Photo Credit: Dylan Price

This mask is perfect for fall with a therapeutic mix of vitamin A to heal skin and reduce fine lines, cream to moisturize and reduce redness, and honey for an extra dose of moisture and antiseptic properties (great for breakouts). If you’re going to have these ingredients on hand, you might as well make my favorite dessert aka a delicious pumpkin pie too. If you haven’t tried using honey instead of sugar before, I would highly recommend it, but just make sure to decrease the amount of honey (use ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon honey in place of 1 cup sugar, and reduce the other liquid ingredients by 2 tablespoons).

Natural beauty is always about what we put into our bodies as well as what we put on them so don’t forget to eat lots of delicious fall produce and try out some new beauty treatments with them as well!

Quick Natural Fact: Honey

Honey, about 18% water, is a natural humectant, which means that when it’s applied to the skin it pulls moisture towards your skin and helps retain it.  Honey is beneficial to all skin types so consider its addition in beauty products a definite plus and don’t underestimate the benefits of a 1 ingredient mask of pure honey!

Honey mask: simply apply a thin layer of honey to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes. You’ll be happy to know that this is one mask that is actually very easy to rinse off with warm water.

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Soothing Oatmeal Mask

Here is a 3 ingredient mask that works so well for dry skin!

Combine:

  • 1/4 cup finely ground oatmeal (a coffee grinder is the ideal tool)
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk (preferably organic)
  • 1 tsp honey

How to:

  1. Spread mixture over your face and let it set for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Rinse well with warm H20 and pat your face try.

Notice a difference?

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Skin Food Inside & Out

Avocados are some serious skin food with their biotin (forms the basis of healthy skin), as well as their skin (and heart) healthy monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats help provide skin with a natural oil barrier reducing the occurrence of itchy/dry skin.

To keep skin looking healthy and glowing, include avocados in your diet on a regular basis and also remember that they make a perfect, all natural and inexpensive revitalizing skin treatment. This is a quick and easy recipe that I would recommend for all skin types, but especially for dry or sensitive skin.

Combine:

  • 1/2 mashed avocado
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp yogurt

How to:

  1. Wash your face with warm water and pat dry
  2. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your entire face minus the eye area
  3. Allow the mask to set for 15 minutes
  4. Rinse thoroughly with warm H20, and again, pat dry — the key word is “pat” NOT “rub”.  Rubbing is abrasive and not a good idea when it comes to your delicate face!

Green Tea Face Mask

This is such a simple mask that is excellent for infusing skin with antioxidants and reducing inflammation.

How to:

  • Simply combine the contents of one tea bag of green tea with high quality H20 (for normal skin), whole milk (for sensitive/dry skin), or apple cider vinegar (for oily/blemish-prone).

I saved the bag from a cup of green tea I made earlier (love making something even more useful and beneficial!) and I tried it for the first time last night. While it didn’t create as much of a paste as I hoped, it stayed put and definitely seemed to have a positive affect on my skin after leaving it on for just 5 minutes.

I like to do a face mask AT LEAST 1x or 2x per week. When was the last time you did a face mask?

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Egg on Your Face

Since there probably isn’t a woman on the planet who doesn’t cherish small pores, I thought I would mention a quick, natural way to tighten pores…

How to:

  • Separate the whites from the yoke of 1 organic egg
  • Tie your hair back if needed
  • Apply the whites to freshly cleansed skin
  • Leave on for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

So simple, right?! This single ingredient mask should tighten pores and hence make them appear smaller than before!

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Dry skin?

A  really easy, natural mask for dry skin has just one ingredient: avocado.

  • Simply apply a mashed, ripe avocado to skin once a week. It’s that simple!

You’ll get even more benefits if you eat the leftovers so make some guacamole while you’re mashing or put a few slices on your next salad.

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Another option: apply a tablespoon of olive oil to your face instead of your usual night cream weekly (skip this one if you’re blemish-prone)


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If you’re currently experiencing dry skin, it’s a good idea to get a handle on it now before the cold weather comes in and that healthy glow becomes even more of a challenge!

Grape Face

A really simple, at-home beauty treatment to try: slice a few grapes in half and rub the fleshy sides on your face. (In case it wasn’t obvious: skin should be cleaned before and after this treatment)

What should you expect? Your skin should be more refined as a result of the naturally occurring acids in the grapes. My aunt has done this for years and her skin always looks so great!

Double the Pangea Goodness for the Same Price!

The Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask by Pangea Organics is a 6 time beauty award winner and is now available in a tube twice the size of the original for the same price! This facial mask is one of my favorites and I previously reviewed it here: An All-Around Awesome Face Mask! I highly recommend trying it or buying it as a gift, especially now!

Photo Credit: Pangea Organics


An all-around awesome face mask!

You shouldn’t expect this mask to smell sweet or flowery, or even fruity. I can’t quite put my finger on on the overriding fragrance, but without a doubt it smells like it came straight from the earth. Basically, it did. With an array of potent natural ingredients, Pangea Organics Japanese Match Tea with Acai & Goji Berry mask simultaneously clarifies, enlivens, and soothes the skin.

 

Pangea recommends using this mask once per week, but I love it so much I’ve had to stop myself from using it once per day! This supreme antioxidant driven concoction has received numerous beauty awards – I am so not surprised.

 

For more info on this mask and other great products: Pangea Organics.

Photo Credit: Pangea Organics

Photo Credit: Pangea Organics

Mychelle’s Cranberry Mud Mask

Mychelle’s Cranberry Mud Mask is specifically designed for oily and blemish prone skin. Even if this is not your skin type, this is a great mask for the occasional blemish. Some of the key ingredients in this mask include bentonite (a mineral rich natural clay), kaolin (absorbs oil and reduce breakouts), organic green tea (reduces inflammation), cranberry extract (provides antibacterial effects) and rosemary essential oil (encourages circulation and acts as an astringent). This mask definitely left my skin feeling cleansed and purified!

 

For more information & other great Mychelle Dermaceuticals products: www.mychelleusa.com.

 

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Photo Credit: MyChelle Dermaceuticals, LLC

Tropical Skin Smoother for Dry/Mature Skin

Mychelle Dermaceuticals makes a face mask that truly transports your senses to a warm and sunny place instantly! This face mask is appropriately named Tropical Skin Smoother. The two key ingredients in this face mask are Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Cream) Fruit and Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Zest) Peel. The coconut cream fruit smoothes and softens skin with its rich vitamin, mineral and fatty acid content. Meanwhile, the lemon peel acts as a natural astringent and brightens the skin.

 

Glycolic acid, derived from rhubarb, is also a very key and powerful anti-aging ingredient, making this mask a great choice for mature skin. I love that this face mask only needs to be left on for 1 MINUTE to experience its benefits!

 

I’ve been a fan of Mychelle since I found out about them about 2 years ago. I love what the products do have (a lot of fruit-derived ingredients) and what they NEVER have (phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol, ureas, EDTA, fragrances, particles, and artificial colors). 

 

If you’re someone who wants to start using a high-quality natural face mask on a regular basis, but don’t have a lot of extra time, then this is a perfect choice for you!

 

For more information & other great Mychelle Dermaceuticals products: www.mychelleusa.com

MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Photo Credit: MyChelle Dermaceuticals, LLC