Friday, December 27, 2013

DIY: Yogurt and Green Clay Mask




All I can say is I can’t believe it took me as long as it did to come up with this easiest of face mask ideas. I’ve known for a while how beneficial honey is to the skin (it makes it SO soft and helps retain moisture), and had heard about yogurt’s positive effects too. The two combined? AND with some green clay powder I had lying around thrown in? How could this not be a good thing?



I purchased one of the small snack size containers of Fage a week or two ago and still hadn’t gotten around to testing out my mask idea. This week, when I finally whipped it up (in literally about 30 seconds), I couldn’t stop marveling at what a dum dum I’d been. You guys, this yogurt mask feels so wonderful on the skin. If you mix up the mask with yogurt straight out of the refrigerator, the mask feels incredibly refreshing and cooling and just fan-freaking-tastic. This is the perfect thing to whip for yourself and a girlfriend after work one night, or if you’re having a weekend ‘spa afternoon’ together.
 
If you can’t find the green clay (I get mine from either Whole Foods or local natural foods stores, but you can also get it online here), you can simply omit — the yogurt and honey will be beneficial enough. I also found this article that lists some other recipes and mentions some of the more science-y benefits of yogurt when topically applied to the skin. But, all you need to know is that it will feel really good on your face. Here’s how to make it:
 
 
In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of green clay face mask powder, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix together well with a spoon, then apply to your face. I carefully put some under my eyes, just because the cooling effect felt so good after a night without enough sleep. Let sit for 15 minutes, until the mask sets, then rinse with tepid water.
 
A note about the yogurt: I used the 7oz container of Fage 2% yogurt. I chose Greek yogurt because it’s so thick and I knew it’d be supremely spreadable. If you had regular yogurt around, I’m sure that would work too – the most important thing is that it’s cold. This mask recipe easily makes enough for two people, so grab a friend and enjoy!
 
And in case you want real proof that I put this on my face…

 
[Article courtesy of: VMac&Cheese]

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