In twenty-four days my mom is flying to Boston to visit me!! She is flying in Memorial Day weekend and spending the next few days with Josh and me, so we’re going to have a little staycation!
I love visiting my momma, and I definitely love planning trips, so I told my mom I was going to create an itinerary for her visit here so that we can pack in as much fun as possible. We’re going to walk the Freedom Trail, take a Boston Harbor cruise, visit the New England Aquarium, eat at my favorite Thai place and–my personal favorite–slather our faces with an edible “mud” mask!
This delicious mask obviously isn’t made of mud, but it works nonetheless! This last weekend I wanted to experiment with a DIY facial mask, so I did a little research on what kinds of ingredients would be good for such a thing, and here is what I learned:
So why these ingredients?
GREEK YOGURT contains lactic acid, which exfoliates and smooths your skin. It loosens dead skin cells, helps clear out pores and can be used to fight blemishes.
HONEY is beneficial for all skin types because it helps the skin retain both elasticity and moisture. Because of this, honey is especially great for dry skin.
COCOA is rich in antioxidants such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, to name a few. It rejuvenates the skin, leaving it soft and glowing!
LEMON JUICE contains Vitamin C and Vitamin B. The citric acid in lemon juice exfoliates the skin, leaving it feeling smooth. Lemon juice can be applied to reduce oiliness, and it can also help diminish the appearance of scars and age spots. Avoid lots of sun exposure when applying lemon juice to the skin, and only use a little.
BANANA functions as a face mask by itself! Applying mashed banana to one’s face leaves it feeling softer and moisturized. Bananas are rich in potassium and can be used to help heal blemishes when applied directly to the skin.
I figured if all of these things are so good for your skin, why not use them all!? So I did :)
I was thrilled when I tried this and it actually worked! When the mask dries, it leaves your skin feeling just like the store-bought masks. But unlike store bought masks, you can eat the leftovers! My “mud” mask tasted something like a chocolate banana smoothie :)
This recipe makes enough for 3-5 face masks:
- 2-3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. buttermilk
- ¼-1/2 of a banana, mashed
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
If you have dry or damaged skin, reduce or eliminate lemon juice and instead add an equivalent amount of honey. If you have particularly oily skin, use a little more lemon juice and a little less honey. My skin is some combination of the two, so I used equal amounts of both.
Mix well in a blender or food processor. Mask should be thick enough such that it does not run down your face. Always test the mask on a small portion of the skin to test for allergic reactions. The skin on your face is sensitive, so always be careful smearing anything on it! If allergy-free, apply a layer of the mask to your face and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash off mask with cool water, followed by a splash of cold water to close your pores.
I hope you enjoyed this edible “mud” mask tutorial!
Do you have any DIY skin care recipes that you want to share? I’m always looking to try new ones! Leave a link to your favorite DIY skin care project below, or just leave some comment love if you enjoyed the post :) I love reading your comments!