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HELLOOOOOOO, FACE MASKS

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DIY VEGAN FACE MASKS, FTW!

Winter can be HARSH on the skin (and the mind+body+LIFE), but there are so many ways to treat yo’self while staying warm / probably in the comforts of your own home.

Embrace the extra minutes that you’re spending inside and check out these DIY vegan face masks that will leave your skin feeling beautiful, soft and absolutely radiant. Not to mention, pat yourself on the back for saving dat money.

Without further ado, here are a couple of face masks recipes that you can simply make with the food you have laying around your kitchen! Or maybe you’ll have to run to the bodega on your corner for a few ingredients, TBD.

So let’s kick-up our skin care routine and treat your skin to some much needed TLC.

 

For dry skin...

Ultimate Avocado Mask

This avo mask makes enough for about 2-3 people so invite your friends over and make it a spa-turday!

INGREDIENTS

1 ripe organic avocado (contains vitamins A, D, and E and has moisturizing and healing properties)

1 ripe organic banana (contains vitamin A, B and E—anti-aging butt kickers)

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil (full of antioxidant, moisturizing goodness and it won’t clog pores)

1 tsp of orange juice or lemon juice (contains lots of vitamin C and exfoliates, helps fight wrinkles, scars and acne)

PREP

Combine all the ingredients and mash everything in a food processor or by hand.

METHOD

Apply to clean, dry skin.

Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes

Rinse off

Pat dry

Proceed with a moisturizer

 

For oily skin…

Oatmeal Face Mask

Did you know that oatmeal works wonders for oily, acne-prone skin? Oatmeal absorbs excess oils, combats bacteria + helps exfoliate / tighten up those pores! It also has soothing properties that can reduce skin irritation. We’re all thanking the Universe for oatmeal and all its goodness.

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup plain oatmeal

1 cup filtered water

1 tsp agave (optional – it has nice soothing and healing properties)

3 or 4 blueberries or strawberries (optional – high in antioxidants)

3 few drops of tea tree oil (optional – it’s a great antiseptic)

PREP

Put oatmeal and water in a pot and bring to a boil

Cook for 1 to 3 minutes, and then remove from heat and allow it to cool

Add your optional ingredients and mix everything together into a nice paste

METHOD

Apply your mask to clean skin

Leave on for 15 minutes

Rinse mask with warm water

Pat dry with towel

*TIP: Use this mask once a week for a month and you’ll start to see the difference!*

 

For combination skin…

Chocolate Facial Pudding

This face mask uses avocado to moisturize and cleanse – the antioxidant benefits of cocoa powder work to protect your skin, and the agave nectar works to soothe your skin— sounds pretty delicious, right? Even though it is tempting to eat – it will do wonders to that pretty face of yours!

INGREDIENTS

1 ripe organic avocado

2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp agave nectar

PREP

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth

METHOD

Apply to the face and neck

Leave on for 10 minutes

Rinse thoroughly

*TIP: This recipe can also double as a delicious raw vegan chocolate pudding—just add 1 teaspoonful of pure vanilla extract.*