Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cacao- Honey Facial Mask and Exfoliator

I do my best to only put fresh, healthy, made-by-Mother-Nature things in my body, so it only makes sense to me to have the same standard for stuff I put on my body. Store bought soaps and cleansers are full of harsh chemicals and preservatives, and I'd really rather not absorb all that junk. Additionally, it's so simple and cheap to make my own natural products that there's just no reason not to!

I made this facial mask and exfoliator to give my skin a bit of pampering, and use it once or twice a week. It contains only a few ingredients, all of which are natural and that makes this face mask good enough to eat- literally. Save it for your face, though- the mask works great on any skin type to moisturize, exfoliate, and rejuvenate skin. 

What You'll Need:
- 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp fresh coffee grinds
- 2 tbsp ground oatmeal (blend oats in a blender or food processor to make)
- 2-3 tbsp honey
- pinch of cinnamon 

To make, just mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. You want a nice thick consistency so adjust quantities as needed.

To Use:
 Use fingers to apply on dry skin, gently massaging in a circular motion to exfoliate. If any gets in your mouth, lick it off - it's delicious! Once applied, leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off in the shower. This recipe makes enough for several applications, so share with a friend or store the leftovers in a glass jar in the fridge - it will stay fresh for at least a few weeks.

The ingredients may seem a bit weird but there is a method to the madness! The cacao powder is a natural antioxidant which slows the aging process, reverses sun damage and is good for wrinkles (I'm only 28, but I may as well start young...). Coffee grinds are actually amazing for skin, because the caffeine boosts metabolism of fat and smooths cellulite. So, if you want to use the mask on your... ahem... other cheeks, I say go for it. The oatmeal is a gentle exfoliator and is helpful for dry skin and eczema. Honey is a natural antibacterial and reduces inflammation for smooth, healthy skin. The cinnamon is there because it smells great but also because it brings blood and oxygen to skin's surface to help detoxify. It can be a bit drying if you use too much so only add a little! If you do have acne, a spot treatment of cinnamon and honey can help sort it out ASAP.

So, there it is. Now go try it!

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