q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

img_2256-7This is a cheap-as-chips DIY facial treatment that will give you beautiful, glowy skin in about 10 minutes. And radiant, clear skin with regular use over time. I was inspired by fellow blogger Sabiscuit, who is not only supremely creative but has this natural skincare thing down pat.

Homemade skin care is sometimes the best way to pamper and nourish yourself. This mask is one of my favourites and is wildly popular in its many versions.

Coconut and sweet almond oils nourish your skin and help clear any scars. Lactic acid in the yogurt removes discolouration and helps cell turnover. Turmeric and besan have skin brightening properties. With their powers combined, this mask makes a formidable treatment whose results speak for themselves.

I use organic, food-grade ingredients and recommend you do the same.

You will need

  • 2 Tablespoons besan (aka chickpea flour, available from most supermarkets and specialty grocers)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, preferably melted (not always pictured, because I forgot)
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt (you may need a smidge more depending on how thick it is)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • a splash of orange blossom water (optional)


don’t forget the coconut oil

How to

  1. Simply combine the ingredients in a small non-reactive bowl. It should form a thick paste the consistency of honey – if it is too thick, add a little more yogurt to loosen.
  2. Apply the paste to a clean, dry face avoiding your eyes and brow area. You can use your hands or a mask brush.
  3. Grab a trashy magazine to read while you allow the paste to dry for about 15 minutes – it won’t dry completely but it will no longer be wet to the touch.
  4. I highly recommend doing this bit over the bathroom sink. Using your fingers, apply gentle upward, circular massaging motions and rub all the dried paste off your face. It will come off in soft crumbles. The oils will help the mask along without tugging or hurting.
  5. Use a cold, wet towel to wipe off any residue and refresh your skin. You will notice your skin is soft and clear.
  6. Moisturise as usual and avoid washing your face for the next 24 hours or so.
  7. Use twice weekly for best results and watch your skin improve.
mix it good
this is it, mask on
also doubles as a halloween mask
I really should drink more water
remember to moisturise after

I recommend you make a fresh batch each time but if you have heaps left over, you can pop some cling film over the mask, taking care to ensure the film touches the surface to avoid forming a ‘skin’ and pop it into the fridge. It will keep for 2-3 days. When you’re ready to use, allow it to come to room temperature before refreshing with a little coconut oil and yogurt to restore consistency.

Try it and let me know how you go!

q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

20 thoughts on “q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

      1. You’re welcome, and I’m just being honest 😊 You know that orange water (and rose water too for that matter) is priced about 500% more in the usual shopping outlets, compared to what it costs if you go to an ‘ethnic’ grocer? But I digress…

        Ok so 15 min trashy mags, what is the time equivalent for a more cerebral publication?

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        1. Haha, thank you muchly. And yes, there is a handful of Persian, Indian, African and Asian grocers that I frequent for my obscure ingredient needs without having to trade in my liver or kidneys. Thank goodness! And aren’t we lucky we have access to all these wonderful, ‘exotic’ ingredients all the way here? Diversity is a wonderful thing.

          Now, please apply the same time limit to your more judicious literary choices. But let me insist on a good beverage as accompaniment.
          Just don’t get crusty 😉 xx

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  1. Have to agree with Rob. Your skin is radiant. That is an awesome recipe and I’ll try to get the chickpea flour. I’m never out of turmeric or coconut oil. I appreciate the shout out, thank you. I’ve earmarked time to work on the body butter guest post. I want to dazzle!

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    1. Great questions!
      As long as it’s not too fussy and made with natural ingredients, I think DIY skin care is so much better than a lot of chemical-based products out there.
      This mask doesn’t tingle or itch or feel anything other than wet when you first put it on. The trick is to not let it dry too much otherwise it won’t rub off as intended.
      I didn’t encounter any sun sensitivity at all. This mask doesn’t have a bleaching effect, more of a gentle, physical cell turnover (and a smudge help from the lactic acid in the yogurt). It’s actually quite gentle.
      I hope you like it. Thanks so much for visiting xx


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