It’s incredible how many ingredients in your kitchen are not only great to eat, but also wonderful for your skin as a nourishing face mask. Mixing a few kitchen staples together is an easy and beneficial habit to get into whenever you have a quiet night in. Why not make the most of your down time and treat yourself to a bit of pampering? Your skin will thank you for it!
One thing we love the most about these recipes is that all these ingredients are commonly used in commercially formulated products and yet easy to source from your kitchen cupboard. (Remember this post about how to read the back of some cosmetic bottles?) Here’s a quick rundown of their benefits so that you are 100% certain of what you’re making and why it’s going on your skin.
Take a look at four of our favourite face masks and let us know how they worked for you and any suggested ingredient additions!
For a quick mask to moisturise dry skin, simply mash up a whole banana and smother it over your face. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes before washing it off with a warm cloth. If you don’t have bananas on hand, this will also work well with full fat natural yoghurt, which boasts extra exfoliating properties. If you liked the yoghurt, also check out this similar mask created by The Beauty Chef .
This mask is great for dry or inflamed skin and only takes a few minutes to prepare. Boil water and let it cool for a few minutes before pouring over a cup of porridge oats. Stir and leave these to rest for a few minutes longer. Then, add a tablespoon of honey and mix to combine. Spread over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area and leave on for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with a warm cloth and pat your face dry. For a smoother complexion and easier to spread mask, mix in an egg white.
If your skin is feeling lacklustre & dull, you have got to try this fantastic mask recipe! Simply mix 1 tablespoon of cacao powder, ¼ tablespoon of papaya, and 1 teaspoon of The Beauty Chef’s Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost together and work into face with gentle circular upward movements. Leave on for ten minutes, then take a tissue and gently remove for a fresh and glowing look. Though you could use organic coconut oil in place of our Beauty Boost, we love the extra nutrients and vitamins for even more skin boosting benefits. For a chocolate treatment for the body, read our past post for a Chocolate Coffee Body Scrub recipe.
Whether you get spots around your T-zone before your monthly cycle, or a stress-related angry red cluster of blemishes, here is a lovely natural recipe to help calm your skin. For this mask, mix 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder such as our personal favourite Cacao Golde, ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, and 1 drop of eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil. Once mixed well, use a clean foundation brush or clean fingers apply to your face in gentle circular movements. Let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Golde, Cacao Golde, HK$220
Resident GSB nutritional expert, Alice Fotheringham, is a registered nutritional practitioner and chef, specialising in working with young children and women’s hormone health. Based in London & Hong Kong, Alice has a successful clinical practice as well as running aromatherapy candle & beauty workshops.