Ah, February. The month when you really start to pine after spring, but winter keeps bludgeoning you in the face with its cold wind and freezing rain. As long as we’re staying inside, why not treat ourselves to a spa treatment? I know my face could use a bit of a rescue these days, and it lifts my spirits out of the gloomy weather to spend a little time on myself.
I love this face mask for so many reasons! First of all, I look like a sea creature when I spread this velvety green mousse over my skin, and who doesn’t want to look like a mermaid?! Second of all, the ingredients in this mask help to rescue my skin from the winter’s harsh effects. It moisturizes and soothes, which I desperately need when my skin is dry and irritated. It’s so soothing, in fact, that when I wipe the mask off all of the redness in my face is completely gone. I kid you not; I kind of lost my mind the first time I experienced that.
Enough chit chat, let’s get to the good stuff! Here is a list of the ingredients and an explanation of what they do for your skin. Watch the video below to learn how to make this mask and see it in action!
Whole Milk Yogurt:
- Exfoliates: The lactic acid in yogurt will gently dissolve dead skin cells. In the winter when your skin is dry and flaky, exfoliating a little bit every day will keep your skin radiant. Soothes. Yogurt is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the effect of sun damage and are anti-inflammatory.
- Moisturizes: If you want to talk moisture, go get yourself an avocado. This fruit is packed with oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acids. This regenerates damaged skin and reduces redness.
- Anti-inflammatory: Avocados are full of antioxidants such as vitamin E, alpha and beta carotene, and lutein that fight free radicals, and therefore calm inflammation
- Anti-aging: The Vitamin C found in Avocados is one of the most powerful components for anti-aging. Not only does it fight sun exposure damage, but it is a vital ingredient for the production of collagen, which means fewer lines.
Spirulina: The star of the show in this mask! The deep green color is a dead giveaway to its powerful benefits for the skin.
- Anti- inflamatory: This algae is a rich source of antioxidants, which fight inflammation
- Cleansing: Contains chlorophyll, which cleanses skin
- Moisturizing: Helps retain moisture
- Clarifying: Helps to eliminate acne-causing bacteria
- Soothing: Aloe vera is famous for its soothing effect on the skin. Not only does it soothe, but it also heals, reducing sun damage and aiding small scratches or blemishes.
- Moisturizing: the stalk of the Aloe plant contains a clear gel, which is moisturizing to the skin.
- Moisturizes: Honey is a humectant, which means it draws moisture to the surface of the skin.
- Anti-bacterial: The enzymes in raw honey produce hydrogen peroxide, which will fight acne-causing bacteria. Taking the anti-acne properties one step further, manuka honey is actually created from the nectar of the tea tree plant, making it even more potent in the battle for clear skin.
- Combine 1 table spoon yogurt, 1 quarter of an avocado, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 ½ teaspoons spirulina, and about an inch and a half segment of aloe vera gel.
- Mash up the mixture with a fork until the avocado forms a puree. Continue to mix until all ingredients are blended together.
- Apply in a medium thin layer all over the face, avoiding the eyes and mouth, and open wounds.
- Leave on the skin for 5 -10 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water and moisturize