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At-Home Spa Day! 10 DIY Masks You Can Make to Treat Yo’ Self.

There are some great simple pleasures in life.

Sleeping in on a rainy day.

Binge watching a good show.

And, at-home spa days.

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Dear reader, if you’ve never treated yourself to an indulgent day of skincare luxury, do yourself a favor and put a spa day on the calendar.

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Look, I know you could find an online deal or book an appointment at a spa for a facial, and that’s great too.

But, there’s just something about taking some quiet time for yourself, relaxing at home, and enjoying your favorite movie while a face mask does its thing. (Not to mention avoiding the awkwardness of having to disrobe in front of strangers.)

Plus, we need to relax more! One study found that women who don’t take vacations are 50% more likely to have heart attacks and more likely to suffer from depression!

Even if you can’t escape to a seaside getaway, you can still get some R & R by treating yourself to a relaxing day of pampering! (Plus, come on, you deserve it!)

And, one of the best ways to do that is with some DIY masks and skin treatments.

Did you know that there’s a treasure trove of skin-nourishing ingredients that can be found in your own kitchen?

Today, we’re going to rummage through your fridge and pantry to find the top 10 skin-boosting items to concoct your very own spa-worthy treatments so you can get to relaxing and beautifying!

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A Couple Tips Before We Start

Tip 1: As with any natural ingredients, there’s always a chance of allergic reaction or irritation. Just because you’re used to eating a food doesn’t mean your skin won’t react to it.

I would suggest doing a patch test first by applying a small amount to the inside of your wrist and waiting 24 hours to see if there’s a reaction before slathering it all over your face.

If you have a reaction, rinse it off immediately and discontinue use.

Tip 2: If you plan on using an ingredient on your face, try to buy organic to lower your chance of skin becoming irritated by pesticides or chemicals.

My Top Skin-Boosting Ingredients

aloe

Why It’s Good for Skin

That lovely plant you keep on your windowsill isn’t just for sunburn relief, it can also do some great things for your skin!

Aloe has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It also contains antioxidant vitamin C as well as other skin-nourishing nutrients.

Together, this team not only makes aloe vera great for treating wounds and damage (like sunburns), it also helps skin heal blemishes and repair aging UV damage.

One study took 60 people who were attempting to treat acne and split them into two groups. The first group was given a topical retinol, the second group was given topical retinol plus aloe vera gel.

After 8 weeks, it was discovered that the group that used retinol plus aloe vera gel had skin that healed significantly faster than the first group!

All you need is the lovely, gooey aloe gel to enjoy this succulent’s benefits.

DIY Aloe Vera Mask

What you’ll need:

  • Aloe plant
  • Scissors or Knife

1. Carefully cut one of the leaves (watch out for spikes!) and rinse under running water. You can then just cut off a section of the leaf, slice open the fleshy outer part of the leaf and scoop out the gel.

2. Apply the delightfully soothing gel all over face and neck (avoiding eyes), and allow to dry (15-20 min.). Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry with a soft towel.

3. If you keep the aloe leaf intact, and only slice off sections as you use them, you can wrap the end in plastic wrap and store it in your fridge for 2-3 weeks.

But, you should use an aloe mask 2-3 times a week, so it may not even last that long!

Don’t have a green thumb? Here’s a couple of my favorite aloe vera products for all the perks with none of the fuss!

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Alana Mitchell Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum

I formulated my serum to deliver a powerful dose of moisture to skin! It contains 20% hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to skin, boosting its hydration by 10x!. This formula also features organic aloe vera, along with organic ingredients to nourish and soothe skin and promote healing for soft, beautiful skin!

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Rhonda Allison Face Creams – Aloe Matte Moisture

This lovely lightweight moisturizer includes antioxidants and aloe vera extract to help skin maintain hydration while balancing oil production to reduce shine for a flawlessly matte finish. It also promotes healing, making it great for those with acne-prone, oily or combination skin!

avocado

Why It’s Good for Skin

Avocados do so much more for you than feed your guac addiction (as if we needed more of reason to love them!).

Avos have amazing moisturizing properties due to their high levels of poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids.

The natural oils in avocados penetrate skin to restore moisture and lock it in, and they help protect skin by strengthening its moisture barrier.

Avocados also contain antioxidant vitamins C and E to help repair damage and fight signs of aging by encouraging collagen production.

Next time you’re mashing some in a bowl, set aside a spoonful for your face for soft, radiant skin!

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DIY Avocado Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • ¼ avocado
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Mash ripe avocado in a bowl and add honey (optional). Stir until it creates a smooth paste. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 min. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat skin dry with a soft towel.

If you’d rather eat your avocado than wear it, I hear ya. Here’s my picks for products with avo so you don’t have to sacrifice an ounce of precious guacamole.

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Epicuren Avocado Soothing Moisturizer

This soothing moisturizer includes all the deep hydrating benefits of avocado oil, as well as shea butter and green tea extract! This decadent formula is great for all skin types, but is especially wonderful for treating dry or aging skin with essential fatty acids to help quench and restore skin!

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Clayton Shagal Cucumber & Avocado Mask

Sit back and let this mask work for you! This nourishing mask penetrates to deep layers of your skin to provide nutrients and lasting moisture. Avocado nourishes and binds moisture to skin while cucumber reduces redness and inflammation to soothe sensitive skin. Together, these ingredients soften and brighten so your complexion is refreshed and radiant!

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Why They’re Good for Skin

As you may have heard, berries have been dubbed a “superfood” for their high levels of flavonoids, polyphenols and antioxidants.

That’s fancy speak for berries will fight free radical damage to smooth out fine lines and improve skin’s elasticity.

Berries also include fatty acids which help soothe inflammation and hydrate and soften skin.

If you can spare some yummy strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and acai berries, you can whip up one heck of a skin-boosting mask!

DIY Berry Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup mixed berries
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (you can eliminate this if your skin is sensitive or easily irritated)

In a blender, mix yogurt and honey until combined. Add mixed berries and lemon juice (optional) and blend until mixed.

Apply mixture to freshly cleansed face. Leave on for 10-15 min. (and resist the urge to lick off your smoothie mask), rinse face with lukewarm water.

Here’s some of my berry favorite (not sorry) ways to enjoy berries in your skincare!

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Eminence Organics Blackberry Pore Refining Serum

This amazing refining serum gives you all the concentrated power of berries! Blackberry juice and pomegranate extract deliver an antioxidant punch to fight signs of aging while blueberry juice works as a natural astringent to tighten and minimize pores. Plus, this serum delivers a healthy dose of lasting moisture, so your skin will look healthy and flawlessly airbrushed without makeup!

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Skin Script Raspberry Refining Cleanser

This delightful acne treatment cleanser contains raspberry fruit extract for antioxidant protection and to help reduce inflammation. But, it also includes 2% glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and refine skin and encourage new cell turnover. Plus, 2% salicylic acid to give your pores a deep clean. It will leave your skin feeling clear and refreshed!

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Why It’s Good for Skin

You’ve probably seen activated charcoal-based skincare products popping up on shelves as this trendy ingredient continues to gain popularity. People are using it for everything from hair washing to teeth whitening.

The magic of activated charcoal is that it acts like a magnet for toxins and can absorb 1,000s of times its own mass!

When used in skincare, it provides deep cleaning and detoxifying. The activated charcoal sucks impurities like oil, dirt and bacteria to the surface of your skin, latches onto them, and carries them away when it’s washed off.

And, no, this isn’t the same as the bricks you use in your BBQ! Activated charcoal typically comes in little capsules and can be found at any vitamin or health food store.

DIY Activated Charcoal Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • 0.2 grams of activated charcoal (2 capsules)
  • ½ teaspoon of bentonite clay
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of water

Note: Never use a metal bowl or spoon when mixing bentonite clay. Go for a plastic, glass, or ceramic bowl and plastic or wooden spoon.

1. Open 2 capsules of activated charcoal and empty powder into a bowl. Add other ingredients and mix until it creates a smooth paste. Apply to freshly washed face avoiding delicate skin around eyes.

2. Let mask sit for 10-15 minutes. As the mask dries, it tightens and can make skin feel itchy. If it gets uncomfortable, wash it off.

3. Rinse with warm water. This mask might take a little bit of time to work off, so be patient and don’t scrub too hard. Pat skin dry and check out your amazingly-cleansed pores in a mirror!

If you’re a little leery about working with fine, black charcoal powder (ugh, the clean up!), here’s some products that will keep things clean and tidy.

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Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

This easy-to-remove activated charcoal mask dramatically brightens dull skin by exfoliating to remove dead skin cells and banishing deep down pore-clogging impurities. It rescues skin from signs of aging, dullness and congestion!

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Eminence Organics Balancing Masque Duo Charcoal T-Zone Purifier

This double-duty masque is great for those with combination, oily or acne-prone skin. The detoxifying charcoal side draws out excess oils, dirt and bacteria from skin. The active botanical side decreases pore size by up to 20% and T zone oil production by up to 42%! Together, this masque give you smooth, purified and balanced skin!

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Why It’s Good for Skin

I know, can you imagine anything more decadent than wearing chocolate rather than eating it? It might seem counter-intuitive to spread chocolate on your skin since it was once thought that sweets lead to breakouts.

However, chocolate is really high in flavonoids and antioxidants to help skin with collagen production and damage repair to fight signs of aging like fine lines, sagging and dark spots.

Plus, it provides skin with great hydration and moisture.

Note: If you’re going to rock a chocolate mask, you should use a high quality, dark variety with at least 70% cocoa or more. Don’t just go melting down leftover Halloween candy!

Who knew you could treat your skin while enjoying treats?

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DIY Chocolate Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • 2-3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder (at least 70% cocoa)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of plain yogurt

Mix ingredients to form a paste. Apply to clean skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Wondering what sane person would waste time wearing chocolate when you could be eating it? Use these cocoa-rich products instead!

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Rhonda Allison Chocolate AntiOxidant Mask

This mask packs the antioxidant power of chocolate, along with a ton of other natural skin-loving ingredients, to nourish skin and save it from the aging effects of free radical damage. It gently exfoliates and replenishes skin, and leaves you with a radiant glow. Plus, you know it smells amazing!

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Eminence Organics Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque

This luxurious mask contains lots of antioxidant cocoa, as well as vitamins C and E for anti-aging benefits, and a collection of natural oils to penetrate skin and provide moisture to deep layers. Apply this mask to smooth rough skin and restore suppleness.

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Why It’s Good for Skin

In recent years, coconut oil has become the wunderkind of beauty for its ability to provide moisture to hands, feet, faces, lips, hair, etc. Coconut oil everywhere!

A 2013 study published by the International Journal of Dermatology found that coconut oil significantly improved the skin barrier function when used by subjects with atopic dermatitis.

Aside from its obvious moisturizing capabilities due to its high levels of fatty acids and antioxidant vitamin E, coconut oil also possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties to penetrate skin’s layers and help encourage healing.

While it absorbs into skin quickly, coconut oil does have a richer, heavier consistency, so you might want to steer clear or exercise caution if you already have oily or acne-prone skin.

Note: Look for an organic, virgin, unrefined version of coconut oil to ensure it doesn’t have any added fillers or fragrances.

DIY Coconut Oil Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Tablespoon virgin, unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

You can apply just coconut oil to your face and either let it absorb as a moisturizer or rinse off excess oil with warm water.

Or, add a bit of honey, stir to combine, apply to face and leave for 10-15 min., and rinse with warm water.

My top coconut formulas that will make you feel like you’re on a tropical beach even if you’re in your pj’s in the middle of winter.

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Eminence Organics Coconut Cream Masque

Have you ever wished you could wrap dry skin in instant moisture? You totally can! This mask uses rich hydrating coconut milk, coconut oil and shea butter to quench skin as well as deliver great anti-aging benefits. Use this mask and bid farewell to dry, dull skin.

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Epicuren Coconut Hydrating Milk

This lightweight moisturizing milk hydrates and nourishes skin with coconut oil and vitamins A, C, and E. It also calms skin with anti-inflammatory chamomile extract, making it great for all skin types!

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Why It’s Good for Skin

If you thought cucumber was just for puffy eyes, you’re only enjoying part of its benefits!

Cucumber is high in antioxidant vitamin C and caffeic acid which provides cool, calming relief for inflammation and irritation.

The fruit is also hydrating because of its high water content. And, the peel contains lots of silica, which helps in the battle of the sag to firm skin and improve elasticity.

Put some slices on your eyes, apply a cooling mask, and sip some cucumber water to nourish skin from the outside and the inside!

DIY Cucumber Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • ½ cucumber, peel on
  • 2 Tablespoons plain yogurt

Puree cucumber in a blender. Add yogurt and blend until combined. Apply mask to clean face and leave on for 10-15 min., rinse with warm water.  

Here’s some of my favorite ways to easily enjoy cucumber skincare anytime!

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GloTherapeutics Cucumber Recovery Mask

This mask is loaded with cucumber, as well as other skin-soothing ingredients, to hydrate skin and relieve puffiness and inflammation. Antioxidant vitamin C counters free radical damage while silica helps reduce wrinkles. This formula is great for helping skin recover post-procedure, or any time your complexion needs a pick-me-up!

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Skin Script Cucumber Hydration Toner

Use this refreshing toner on cleansed skin to hydrate and balance your complexion. It soothes and relieves inflammation and irritation while improving skin’s cellular function and tightening the appearance of pores. Your skin is left clarified, balanced and renewed!

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Why It’s Good for Skin

So. Many. Antioxidants. In case I haven’t mentioned it enough, antioxidants help fight free radical damage which can break down collagen, resulting in wrinkles and loss of firmness.

Green tea is uber stocked with antioxidants, specifically the polyphenol EGCG, which helps improve and heal skin as well as decrease inflammation by protecting cells while destroying damaging free radicals.

One study even found that dying skin cells were rejuvenated, and essentially came back to life and started regenerating, when exposed to EGCG.

Next time you’re brewing a warm cup, treat your skin to some antioxidant goodness too!

DIY Green Tea Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • Water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Heat a small cup of water until hot (not boiling) and submerge tea bag for a bit to drench tea leaves. Remove tea bag and allow to cool.

Once cool, scoop wet leaves into a bowl and mix with honey and baking soda. Gently apply mask to clean skin and let sit for 10-15 min. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

If you’d rather leave tea for sippin’, here are some ways to still enjoy it in your skincare routine!

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Skin Script Green Tea Citrus Cleanser

This potent cleanser balances skin by removing excess oils while strengthening and protecting skin from free radical damage. It sweeps in to neutralize acne-causing bacteria and soothes inflammation and irritation so your complexion will have lasting clarity.

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Rhonda Allison Beta Green Tea Lotion

This lotion is actually a two-fer, a lotion and toner rolled into one! Natural ingredients hydrate and nourish skin with antioxidants while also controlling excess oil and fighting signs of aging to reduce fine lines and wrinkles!

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Why It’s Good for Skin

More like what doesn’t honey do for skin? Honey was used in ancient medicine for its natural healing abilities, and it does so much more for your complexion!

Honey contains natural antibacterial properties, which means it can help wipe out all that nasty blemish-causing bacteria.

It’s also a natural humectant, so it grabs moisture and binds it to skin.

Plus, this gooey gold is rich in antioxidants to fight signs of aging and is an anti-inflammatory to help soothe and encourage skin healing.

Whew! That’s a lot of love in one little jar!

Note: Speaking of which, if you’re planning on using honey on skin, go for raw honey which contains higher nutrient levels since they haven’t been destroyed by pasteurization.

DIY Honey Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

Simply massage honey onto clean, damp skin in a gentle circular motion. Let sit for 15-20 min., rinse with lukewarm water. Make sure you rinse thoroughly, or you will discover sticky spots you missed!

Hey, honey (hee hee)! Here’s my sweetest picks for skincare featuring that liquid gold!

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iSCinical Warming Honey Cleanser

Can you imagine anything more soothing than washing your face with a warming cleanser? This formula gives you a cozy clean feeling with natural honey, papaya enzymes, and green tea to gently exfoliate skin and cleanse pores, all while protecting skin’s natural moisture barrier. Mmmmmm, so soothing!

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Clayton Shagal Bamboo & Honey Exfoliant

This creamy cleanser combines the benefits of honey and bamboo to gently exfoliate skin, removing dead skin and impurities for a brighter, more vibrant complexion. It polishes to stimulate cell activity while promoting clarity, so your skin is smooth and glowing!

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Why It’s Good for Skin

You know that good bacteria you always hear about in yogurt, probiotics?

They can be as good for your skin as they are at balancing your gut. Probiotics naturally decrease inflammation. They may also help those with acne by reducing blemish-causing bacteria.

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which gently exfoliates skin by dissolving dead skin cells.

Plus, it’s creaminess makes it super moisturizing!

DIY Yogurt Mask

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Tablespoons organic plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

Combine all ingredients and smooth onto clean skin. Leave on for 20 min. Rinse off with tepid water.

Here’s my probiotic picks!

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Epicuren Acidophilus Pro-Biotic Facial Cream (Emulsion Moisturizer)

This rich, creamy moisturizer features the probiotic acidophilus to balance skin’s good and bad bacteria. With a combination of skin-conditioning ingredients, this formula leaves skin clear, pure and hydrated!

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Ilike Organic Skin Care Yogurt Power Peel

Use this refining peel head to toe to soften skin. Natural enzymes and lactic acid dissolve and remove rough, dry skin to encourage healthy cell regeneration. It’ll give you renewed, glowing skin!

Final Thoughts

We did it, gang! Those are my top 10 natural skin-boosting ingredients to add to your shopping list for an at-home day of pampering!

Kick back with some well-deserved relaxation and skincare TLC. As always, make sure you’re taking the best care of yourself and your skin. You deserve it!

What are some of your favorite recipes for DIY natural masks? Share them with us in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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