Monday, October 14, 2013

Anti-Acne Mask with Honey and Coffee

This mask is a really great DIY treat.  The best part is that you probably already have these ingredients in your house.  This is not something that is for sale in my shop, but is just for your enjoyment.  

This mask is great if you have acne-prone skin.  The nutmeg exhibits astringent and anti-inflammatory properties while the honey and cinnamon are antibacterial.  Adding coffee into the mix reduces swelling and puffiness. 

*Nutmeg is a strong astringent, so if your skin is very sensitive, you might want to reduce the amount of nutmeg you use*

First gather your ingredients: honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coffee.  If you want it to have a seasonal feel, you can replace the coffee with Trader Joes Pumpkin Pie Spice, which includes cloves, cardamon and lemon.  Also you will need a small bowl and a teaspoon.

First mix together the nutmeg, cinnamon and coffee (or pumpkin spice).  I use about a half teaspoon of each dry ingredient.

Then add 2 teaspoons of honey.  Stir until the dry ingredients are absorbed.  Make sure to crush out any clumps using your spoon.  This recipe makes two applications of this facial mask.  If you only want one application, you can half the recipe. Or it will also keep for several days, covered, in the fridge.  I haven't tested it beyond that, but given the ingredients, it should keep for a while.  To make it last longer, avoid using your fingers, scoop it up with a spoon instead, and try not to introduce water into the bowl.

This is what the mask looks like ready to apply.  Pull your hair back, and gently massage the mask onto your face and neck, avoiding the eyes.  Let it soak in anywhere from 10-30 minutes.  I like to use this mask in the bath, while I relax.  Before you rinse the mask off with warm water, take the opportunity to exfoliate by rubbing gently in circles.  Then rinse and pat dry.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please visit again here or at MY ETSY SHOP

1 comment:

  1. cutest little helper. even with an anti-acne mask on!