Face off, mask on.
I think one of the hardest things I deal with as a blogger is that sometimes you want to introduce a blog post with the coolest way you can think of, then you remember that you’re a socially awkward ambivert who’d rather text than receive phone calls. Weird, right? This is usually my thought process when thinking of how to introduce a post. My ideas/thoughts are usually quite all over the place. Wanting to sound witty and clever but cool and intellectual and deep all at the same time. Millenial struggles.
Now, I don’t know if it’s just me-or the greater part of the natural hair community- who tends to incline towards a more natural way of life after going natural, by finding ways to incorporate more natural body/skincare routines into their daily regimens. I’ve slowly become one of those people, moreso in the skincare department. I’ve found that the older I’ve become, my skin has become more sensitive (and I have sensitive skin guys), which makes me look for more natural alternatives to skincare. I always opt for products that are multipurpose i.e. that can be used both on face, hair, hands and body. To that effect, I’ve found myself researching online for alternative ingredients I can use in my facial skincare routine that would help me combat certain problems on an ad hoc basis. For me, the best thing to do this is usually face masks. I love wearing face masks on days that I have a little more extra time to give my skin the TLC it needs, just so it can actually thank me by clearing up and glowing like I wish for it to.
I’ve been having a few 100% natural face masks that are always on rotation based on the kind of care I think my face needs, and funny enough, honey was the common factor in all of them. I thought I should share when and for what purpose I use these face masks. Sharing is caring, right?
1. Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask
This is probably the most common and quickest face mask you’ll try. I love this mask because it is very budget friendly and is great for combating acne. All you need is equal parts honey and cinnamon (depending on how much you think you need), mix it up and apply on your freshly washed face using either your fingers or a clean makeup brush. Something else I love about this mask is that it tastes good (yeah I said it!), and when rinsing it off it works great and a mini-exfoliating session, which is so great because you get to treat and exfoliate your skin all at the same time. Honey is a great moisturiser due to its humectant properties, which means it draws moisture into the skin. You never feel dry after rinsing off this mask.
2. Honey and Lemon Face Mask
This is another super simple and very easy to make face mask that I love. Apart from the fact that it also makes the basis of a drink…lol. But seriously though, this is a great face mask! It has amazing nutrients, it tastes good and leaves your skin feeling fresh, clean and moisturised all at the same time. This mask is great for tightening, brightening and moisturising the skin. The lemon helps fade scars over time and keep the skin looking youthful and glowing.
3. Honey, Turmeric & Natural Yoghurt Face Mask
This mask is fast becoming a favourite mask of mine. I’ve used it a few times, although I am yet to use it consistently to monitor the results more closely. I love it so far though, I used this mask yesterday and I can tell you that the moisture from the honey and yoghurt while the mini exfoliating session I got when rinsing my face had my face feeling like I could conquer the world! Trust me guys, this is a mask I’ll use every so often and track its progress. The benefits of this mask are so many: anti-aging, skin brightening, anti-inflammatory. The yoghurt helps with fighting acne while exfoliating the skin by dissolving dead skin cells. If you haven’t tried this, it’s definitely worth the try!
Disclaimer: please ensure that you conduct a patch test before applying any of these masks to your entire face, in case of any allergic reactions you may experience.
If you’ve tried out these masks please let me know what you think!
Love, Anita. xx