Friday, July 10, 2015

DIY Face Masks

In my last skincare post I discussed my three favorite face masks that hydrate, purify and brighten. I also promised to show how to make simple versions of these masks at home, so if you want to have some DIY fun, keep reading! :)

P.S. – If you'd like to share your face mask creations on Instagram, tag your photos with #SmoonStyleDIY.

Rebecca




PURIFY: Activated Charcoal Mask


If your skin looks and feels out of balance, an activated charcoal mask will give a much needed reset. Activated Charcoal draws out impurities and when paired with Tea Tree Oil, gives pores a deep cleanse. As an extra layer of protection, Aloe Vera calms inflammation and helps skin heal. This recipe is from True North Inspire and an alternative to Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask.

Results: My skin looked and felt amazing after using this mask – it was squeaky clean but balanced and with noticeable improvement in complexion. I highly recommend having this mask in your beauty arsenal!

Before you begin: Activated charcoal is messy, especially if you're opening capsules. Unless you have the time and patience, I'd strongly suggest buying powder-only. And as always, have clean hands when making face masks and avoid eye area during application.

Ingredients:
  • 4-ounce Mason Jar
  • Activated Charcoal (35 capsules or 10 grams of powder)
  • ≈ 4 ounces Clear Aloe Vera Gel
  • Tea Tree Oil (8-10 drops)
Instructions: Measure a little less then 4 ounces of Clear Aloe Vera Gel and place into your Mason Jar. You want enough gel to fill the jar but have room at the top to place and close the lid. Next, incorporate the Activated Charcoal and Tea Tree Oil – mix well and let sit for 10 minutes (this allows the mask to thicken). Once applied, leave the mask on for 10 minutes or until it has dried. Rinse with warm water and a damp face cloth.




BRIGHTEN: Egg Mask


This next recipe, from The Kitchen McCabe, is an alternative to Alba Botanica – Even Advanced™ Deep Sea Facial Mask and uses Eggs, Honey and Lemon Juice to perfectly brighten and lighten any complexion and create a more calm and even skin tone. As a plus, this nourishing mask also helps clear breakouts and tighten pores.

Results: I was surprised with how radiant my skin looked after use – this mask is amazing at brightening! Also, the pores around my T-zone were less noticeable, so I'll definitely continue to make and incorporate this recipe into my skincare routine.

Ingredients:
  • 4-ounce Mason Jar
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey (100% pure or raw)
  • 1 tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
Instructions: Measure and whisk all ingredients together in your Mason Jar until completely incorporated and the surface has a frothy appearance. Apply mask and leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Keep mask sealed and in the refrigerator – shelf life is 1 week (best to use fresh!).




HYDRATE: Avocado Mask


Avocado is excellent for your skin, whether applied topically or consumed. Rich in antioxidants vitamins A and E, avocado aids in hydration and helps repair damaged or dry skin. When paired with the intense moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties of Yogurt, this DIY delight is perfect for post-beach day pampering or when your skin needs a little pick-me-up. This recipe was found at Sincerely, Kinsey and is an alternative to Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask.

Results: This recipe leaves your skin baby butt smooth (seriously) and has a cooling effect that is refreshing and lasts a while after rinsing. Make this mask right now, you won't regret it.

Ingredients:
  • 4-ounce Mason Jar
  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • 2 tablespoon of Honey (100% pure or raw)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt or Plain Yogurt (organic, no additives)
  • 1 teaspoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Mixing Bowl & Spoon
  • Hand Mixer
Instructions: Measure and place all ingredients in a Mixing Bowl and roughly incorporate with a Mixing Spoon. For a super smooth consistency, finish blending with a Hand Mixer. Finally, transfer mixture to Mason Jar, seal and keep refrigerated – shelf life is 1 week (best to use fresh!). When applying this mask, leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.


Rebecca Brayman is a graphic designer and digital consultant with clientele ranging from renowned heavy metal bands (EPICA, Kamelot, Nightwish) to well-known female entrepreneurs and professionals. She is also passionate about skin care and believes that revealing and celebrating one's natural beauty inspires self-confidence and empowerment.
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4 comments

  1. The hydrating mask sounds nice. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Patrícia MartinsSunday, July 12, 2015

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  4. I think I'll try the egg mask tomorrow (when my boyfriend is not at home lol but

    though he already saw me with henna in my hair or clay facemask before.... ^^)

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