DIY beauty is one of my favorite things because it’s so darn cheap, and -- even better -- so darn natural.
While most homemade masks are fun and beneficial, we’re particularly fond of masks that can take your face from dirty to glam in a matter of minutes. And in our eyes, the only thing that can be considered dirty and glam at the same time (other than Marc Bolan) are mud masks -- real and faux.
1 teaspoon of bentonite clay (for firming and detoxing)
1 teaspoon of raw honey (for its soothing and cleansing qualities)
Herbs and essential oils (½ tsp of powdered calendula and chamomile flowers (optional), and 2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional))
1 teaspoon of water (more if needed)
Mix the bentonite clay with the herbs (if using) in a small bowl. Add honey and mix into a thick paste. Add enough warm water to form a thin paste and then add lavender essential oil (if using).
Apply to face and neck in a circular motion (avoiding the eyes) and leave on for 10-15 minutes, or until it has hardened. Wash off with warm water.
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon nutmeg (for its anti-inflammatory properties)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (for bringing blood and oxygen to the surface of the skin, reducing oiliness, and exfoliating)
Mix ingredients to form a paste and apply to face and let sit for 20–30 minutes.
If the above masks don’t appeal to you, we’ve published more than a handful of other articles about DIY face masks. Here are just two of our favorites:
What is your favorite homemade mud mask recipe? Are there any other masks you enjoy making?
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