Friday, August 23, 2013

Foxy Fridays: DIY Summer Facial Masks

Summer DIY Facial Masks |

        It is coming to the end of the Summer and that means our gardens are finally producing some fresh little goodies for us! If you don't have a garden, you can take advantage of the great prices for seasonal fruits and veggies wherever you prefer to do your produce shopping. Either way, now is a great time to try out these wonderful facial masks made out of your new fresh ingredients. Who wants a healthy glow and to feel good about using organic ingredients to do it? I do! Remember to have a clean, dry face before applying these masks to reap the most benefits from each of them.

** As with any new product you try, you should do a little patch test somewhere on your body, your wrist or behind your ear for example, before placing products all over a large portion of your skin (your face in this instance) particularly if you have sensitive skin.

This little number just sounds so tropical and delicious. It will leave your skin glowing afterwards not to mention it smells amazing! This works for all skin types.

Organic Banana Face Mask
1. Mash one half of a banana.
2. Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey.
3. Apply to the face avoiding eye area. Keep the mixture on for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse with lukewarm water and then moisturize.

This cucumber mask is great for any skin type but especially dry and/or maturing skin. Due to their high amount of water and vitamins A, B, and C, cucumbers are hydrating and they carry anti-aging benefits. The lactose enzymes in Greek yogurt will nourish your skin. Soothing AND younger looking skin? What's not to love about this mask?!?

Cucumber Mask
1. Peel, remove seeds, and cube 1 cucumber.
2. Put cubes into blender along with 1/2 C Greek yogurt, and a spoonful of milk powder. Blend.
3. Apply mixture to face avoiding the eye area. Mixture shouldn't be runny. Leave on for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse with cool water.

I love this Greek Strawberry mask because it's designed to help give you more radiant and youthful skin while essentially cleansing it. Strawberries contain salicylic acid which naturally sloughs away dead skin cells leading the way to healthier, softer, tighter looking skin. Greek yogurt contains lactose enzymes, which dissolves dirt and nourishes your skin. So basically, if you have issues with breakouts or want to slow the aging process a bit, this is your mask. Use it every other morning/evening before you hop in the shower.

Greek Strawberry Mask
1. combine 1/2 of a single serve container of Greek yogurt with approx. 4 stemmed strawberries.
2. Blend in a mini food processor or a blender.
3. Apply mixture to face with either fingers or brush. Leave on until almost dry, about 30 minutes.
4. Rinse & moisturize.
5. Put leftovers in fridge for up to a week.