There is nothing better than being able to whip up an at-home skin care product. Not only is it cheaper, fun and satisfying but you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. The skin is the largest organ you have and it sucks up whatever you put on it including chemicals so let’s give it some real nourishment! This mask will make your skin feel fantastic while balancing the Ph. balance of your skin.
Recipe: 2 – 3 applications (save in the refrigerator for up to a week)
- 2 – 1/4 Inch Slices Cucumber
- 1 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon Greek Yogurt
- 1 Teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Honey
Puree the cucumber in a blender or food processor then add the yogurt, aloe, honey and lemon.
First wash your face, neck and chest then apply the mask all over and leave on for 5 minutes then apply more of the mask and repeat 1 or 2 more times for a total of 15-20 minutes.
* You can cut two slices of the cucumber and lay them on your eyes while you have on the mask.
Rinse off with warm water, and then follow with cold water to help close the pores. Now is a great time to spray your face and neck with a hydrosol of toner and follow with your favorite moisturizer. I often use coconut oil after. You can use this mask from 1 to 3 times a week.
*We believe beauty starts within so adding cucumber to your diet like drinking cucumber juice is also very beneficial to the skin.
Cucumbers are cleaning, soothing and softening while it rejuvenates the skin and complexion. It contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin K and caffeic acid which helps remove water retention reducing puffy eyes, dark circles and soothes irritated skin. They contain pantothenic acid that helps the skin retain moisture. The vitamin A in cucumbers lightens dark spots and freckles by helping to control the production of melanin in the skin. It tightens and brightens the skin, which revitalizes and promotes a youthful glowing skin. Cucumbers are high in antioxidants and silica that is hydrating to the connective tissues and bring the skin to a normal Ph. balance as they have the same Ph. as the skin. The seeds are full of Vitamin E and potassium, which is great for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, aging skin and blemishes.
Yogurt tightens the pores and gently exfoliates the top layers of the skin with the lactic acid and calcium it contains. This also helps cell reproduction (skin renewal), which is helpful in reducing wrinkles. It is very hydrating and brightening and contains anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it good for blemishes and to reduce age spots and blotchiness. It has protein, probiotics and enzymes that restore your skin’s natural pH balance. Yogurt contains zinc with anti-inflammatory properties that helps regulate oil production and reduces oily skin, acne and pimples. It’s also a mild anti-astringent helping to tighten skin.
Honey is extremely moisturizing and soothing to the skin as well as it is high in enzymes so it has a exfoliating effect. It is an antibacterial that is great for blemishes as well as with the antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. It is an anti-oxidant that helps slow down signs of aging and helps bring a youthful glow to your face.
Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants that draw and hold oxygen into the skin. While it penetrates and holds moisture in the tissue it also promotes cellular renewal from the enzymes that breaks down & digest tissue. It improves the skin elasticity and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. It tightens the skin and dilates capillaries increasing blood supply. It is very balancing to the skins natural Ph.
Lemon Juice is an excellent exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells due to being very rich in alpha hydroxy acids. You maintain the skin elasticity by removing dead skin cells and allowing the pores to breathe. Lemon tightens wrinkles and enlarged pores, brightens the skin, and lightens age spots and other discoloration.