DIY Face Masks

At home DIY facial masks are fun, simple, affordable and effective! One of my favorites is to simply use organic plain whole yogurt. You can mix honey into this if you want to and your skin will eat this up! Use one or two tablespoons and massage into clean damp skin. Then let the mask sit for 10 to 15 minutes and remove gently using a washcloth and warm water.

Another mask that I love to do weekly is a French green clay mud mask. Here in San Luis Obispo, we have a great little store called the Secret Garden. You can find French green clay there as well as a Moroccan red clay. Depending on your skin type, you can mix this mud powder with different things to achieve different results. You can use cranberry juice for skin that is prone to acne or if you are looking for an anti-aging mask, mix the powder with green tea.

Think of a mask as a really good meal for your skin. Your skin is considered a non-vital organ. Your body will feed all of the other vital organs before providing to the skin. It will actually suck water and nutrients out of the skin to feed vital organs inside of your body. When you apply a mask to your face you're feeding your skin directly!

I have also blended up some great masks using things like avocados, raspberries and bananas. If you looking for something to utilize in a mask that would be lying around your home, use natural ingredients that are packed full of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients. What's preferable about doing this as opposed to a store bought mask is your skin is getting fresh enzymes and ingredients that may still be alive and active versus something that has been sitting in the jar.