Thursday, September 10, 2015

DIY // Face Mask

You know those under-the-skin pimples? Those really annoying ones that you can feel coming but no matter what you do, there's no stopping them and they just seem to get bigger and more painful and despite your efforts and experimentation with every possible remedy you can find on the internet, they just WON'T GO AWAY?! 

Hi. That's me currently. 

But I tried this little mask concoction and it has helped so much! I love that I could just whip it up without having to buy extra ingredients, because it is full of things most people already have in their kitchen. And while it's definitely not a miracle solution, it has steadily and recognizably diminished all of the acne I have been experiencing lately (stress acne, ugh) 


So don't laugh at my botched looking mask job. It's great for spot solutions and for some reason, these are my problem areas. Also, I know it looks kinda gross. Eliza and my dad remind me every time I'm seen walking around with it. I'm aware, thanks! 


Anyways, here's my little mix. 
This small amount has lasted me about 4 days (2-3 applications per day on my trouble spots). Also, I should note that a little goes a long way! And you don't want to put it on too thick because it'll start sliding down your face! Honey is slick like that. 

1/4 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 tsp nutmeg 
1/4 tsp turmeric 
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp honey (more of less for desired consistency) 

-Mix dry ingredients together in cute jar and add honey until it reaches desired consistency. I personally just added the honey until I could actually mix it properly.

-You can leave it on really however long you like. Sometimes I only have time for a 20 minute application but sometimes I'll just leave it on for like an hour or two. Totally up to you. None of these ingredients are particularly irritating (at least not that I've noticed) so it's pretty harmless to leave on for extended periods of time. 

Here is a little research on the benefits of each of these common, house-hold ingredients: 

Honey // Natural antibiotic (great for bacteria causing acne), has an osmotic effect; it absorbs water in the wound and releases hydrogen peroxide, a great antiseptic which kills bacteria and clears acne,  it's acidity prevents bacteria growth and anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness associated with acne, it's rich in natural antioxidants which prevent damage caused by free radicals, honey's sticky consistency pulls out dirt and grime, It is a natural probiotic and antibacterial properties of raw honey effectively reduce breakouts and prevent new acne formation, honey removes excess oil and leaves skin smooth and moisturized.


Cinnamon // Cinnamon is rich in cinnamaldehyde, one of its main constituents, along with eugenol, methyl chavicol, linalool, beta-caryophyllene and roughage or fiber. The components in cinnamon oil, particularly cinnamaldehyde, eugenol and methyl chavicol have great antimicrobial properties and eliminate microbial infection in acne, while the coarse granules and fiber in cinnamon powder facilitates exfoliation. This combination of characteristics, along with the benefits of honey which we’re already explained make for a great acne treatment.


Nutmeg // Nutmeg contains several potent substances, one of which is mace or Myristica fragrans. A study published in the Journal of Natural Products found that mace "exhibited strong antifungal and antibacterial activities." Ayurvedic medicine promotes nutmeg for its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties; in fact, it's traditionally been used to treat eczema and other skin conditions. Like honey, nutmeg can reduce the infection and swelling around your clogged pores, resulting in smaller spots and smoother scars.


Turmeric // can destroy the P.acnes bacteria that cause inflammation and remove excessive oil from the skin. Turmeric possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are both beneficial in treating acne.


Sea Salt (because doesn't your skin always feel great after a day at the beach?!) // an incredibly powerful acne medication that works by cleansing the cells and killing bacteria while also promoting healthy pH levels in the skin.


Other things you can add (that I plan on experimenting with): 
Essential oils (lavender, tea tree, clove) 
Clove Powder 
Clay (bentonite, rhassoul, etc) 

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