Glow-Up Mask & All-Natural Skincare Routine
We’ve brought you all-natural haircare, DIY sun-care recipes, and now we’re bringing you skincare basics to complete the package. This 4-ingredient Glow-Up Mask is a staple in my skin-care routine. I have sensitive skin, and I find many store-bought masks contain too many ingredients and perfumes. They often leave my skin feeling too oily or dried out. However, this mask leaves my skin feeling tight, hydrated, and refreshed. Put on your favorite show, wrap your hair up in our DIY Hair Mask, grab a juice and get ready to glow!
As far as fruits go, bananas are one of the best sources of silica. Silica is a mineral that helps with collagen formation, and collagen plays a role in strengthening skin. Silica can also benefit your hair and nails, making bananas an excellent addition to any beauty routine.
Honey is the ultimate skin-care ingredient. Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, this pantry-staple is the perfect addition to any skincare routine. Honey is also a humectant, meaning it helps to retain moisture. While moisturizers add water to the skin, humectants lock that moisture in. Think of it as a seal to protect your skin from drying out. Humectants are particularly beneficial to oily skin, as honey will keep your skin moist, limiting its oil production.
Goat’s milk-based skin products have been on the market forever. Goat’s milk is excellent for soothing sensitive skin and calming redness. This is because goat’s milk has the same pH as our skin. This helps to prevent the skin from being stripped from its natural oils and biome. Goat’s milk also contains a plethora of lactic acid. Lactic acid can assist in tightening skin while locking in moisture. If your looking for a smoother, brighter complexion, then look no further than this ingredient.
Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Most of its benefits come from an active compound called curcumin. Curcumin helps to reduce redness and excess production of melanin, a natural pigment found in our skin. When it comes to scarring or an uneven skin tone, turmeric is your best friend. Be sure not to use too much, or it might leave an orange tint to your skin.
4-Ingredient Glow-Up n Mask
2 tbsp mashed banana
2 tbsp goat yogurt
1 tsp honey
Pinch of turmeric
Mix the mashed banana, yogurt, honey, and turmeric. Mix until smooth and creamy.
All-Natural Bedtime Routine:
Start by thoroughly cleansing your face. I like to wash with oil instead of soap, so my skin isn’t stripped. Rub a dime-sized amount of jojoba, rosehip or even oil olive to your face. Run a cloth under warm water, then gently remove any excess oil using the cloth.
Next, apply a thick layer of the mask to your freshly cleansed face. Using clean hands, massage the mask into your skin for a few minutes to stimulate circulation. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Follow this up with our DIY Refreshing Spray. I like to spray some on a cotton pad and delicately apply it to my skin to help remove any residue from the mask. Then I follow this up with a few more sprays directly to my face.
Finally, we’re going to add aloe vera gel for some moisture. Cut off a 2-inch piece of aloe vera leaf, and remove the outer skin. Take the aloe vera meat and apply it directly to your face. There should be a thin layer of gel covering your entire face. Massage the aloe in.
Wash the gel off in the morning, and go about your usual morning skin routine.
Moving to a more natural skin-care routine shouldn’t be stressful, but it’s hard to know where to start. I’ve recommended the EWG Skin Database before as an excellent tool for assessing beauty products. It’s a database that ranks the safety of beauty products by looking at how harmful the ingredients are. When I first started moving to more natural products, this database was a helpful tool in assessing which products I needed to get rid of and replace first. I still use a few products that are… less natural, but I haven’t found natural equivalents for them. Getting into natural skincare doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Replacing a few products in your beauty routine is often enough to cut down on chemical exposure.
If you try this recipe or routine out, we’d love to hear what you think!