DIY: Eastern Magic Mask

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Type ‘DIY mask’ into Pinterest, and your brain might overload from the amount of options it generates.  Since I like to pamper myself on Sunday evenings, I made the mistake of throwing myself into the Black Hole tonight to search for a turmeric mask.

Turmeric is an ancient miracle spice that is known for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  I don’t see it much in Western medicine, but I know that it is big in India and parts of Asia.  I love what turmeric does for my skin, but I’m honestly not a fan of the taste or smell.  But tonight, I decided to push myself, because this week is all about getting pretty.

There were so many options for turmeric masks.  But since I am an innovator, I decided to scroll through, combine a few of them and hope for the best.  I wanted exfoliation, hydration, cleansing – I don’t like to settle when I can have it all!  So here’s my mashup of a few different turmeric masks…

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What You’ll Need:

2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Turmeric

1/2 tsp. Honey

2 tbs. Coconut Oil

These are my rough measurements of the ingredients, but you only need to make a little bit of the mixture to cover your whole face.  I’m not sure how well it would refrigerate or keep in a container, but since it is so easy to whip up, I’m content to make it fresh every time.  The honey helps thicken it up so that it isn’t sliding off your face, which is really important because turmeric will seriously stain everything.  I wore a dark tank top while mixing and wearing this mask, and sat on the floor of my room so it wouldn’t get on my pillows or bed.

The best part about this mask is that you’re masking and exfoliating at the same time.  I exfoliated a lot at the end to help loosen it up before washing my face.  The coconut oil helps hydrate while the baking soda is sloughing off your dead skin – talk about a multitasker!

All in all, I’m pretty proud of myself for inventing (reinventing?) this mask.  I’m lazy and very devoted to my sheet masks, so I don’t usually take the time to mix up a mask or even use a store-bought mask that needs to be washed off.  But I think that it is really important to learn about what different natural ingredients can do to benefit your body and familiarize yourself with nature in that way.  Imagine being stuck on a desert island and not having Sephora… could you survive?  Give me a coconut and an aloe plant and I’d be good to go!

XX, Gabrielle

PS: Check out some more turmeric miracle masks here!

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