This 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
- 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.
- Apply the paste to a clean, dry face avoiding your eyes and brow area. You can use your hands or a mask brush.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use a cold, wet towel to wipe off any residue and refresh your skin. You will notice your skin is soft and clear.
- Moisturise as usual and avoid washing your face for the next 24 hours or so.
- Use twice weekly for best results and watch your skin improve.
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!