I love mud cakes, there’s something about the satisfaction of taking a huge bite of some rich, dense chocolate cake that makes me smush it onto my face. Well…this DIY mud mask is the next best thing – and just like mud cakes, you can eat it too! Buuut no guarantees it’ll taste as good.
The Goodness in the Ingredients
Greek yoghurt: has lactic acid in it, which smooths and exfoliates the skin, loosens dead skin cells, helps clear out pores, and can be used to fight blemishes. It even helps brighten the skin to give you that yummy glow.
Cocoa: is rich in antioxidants like iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium to name a few, which rejuvenates the skin and leaves it soft and glowing. It’s also the basis, just saying.
Milk: improves complexion, shrinks pores, and soothes skin irritation through its unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamins. Plus it was known to be used by Cleopatra.
Banana: is rich in potassium and helps heal blemishes while leaving skin softer and more moisturized – if you’re lazy, you can even apply mashed banana straight to your face for instant skin-lovin’.
Honey: is good for all skin types and both moisturizes and dries the skin wherever it needs to – talk about a paradox! It’s also full of antibacterial properties that fight all sorts of harmful things like bacteria that cause pimples.
Lemon Juice: has Vitamin C and Vitamin B, where the citric acid exfoliates the skin, leaving it feeling smooth. It also helps reduce oiliness, and diminishes the appearance of age spots and scars. Because of the acid in it, make sure you avoid lots of sun exposure when you’re working with lemon juice, and only use a little.
(makes 3-5 face masks, or feel free to rub it all over as a body mask)
- 2-3 tbsp greek yoghurt
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp milk
- ¼-½ of a banana, mashed
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Note: if you have dry or damaged skin, reduce or eliminate the lemon juice, and instead add equal amounts of honey. If your skin is oily, use more lemon and less honey. If you’re like me and have combination skin, use equal amounts of both as stated in the recipe.
Step 1: Mix all the ingredients together. You can use a blender for a smoother consistency. The mask should be thick enough that it doesn’t run down your face when applied.
Step 2: Apply on your face and let sit for 20-30 minutes.
Step 3: Wash off with warm water, followed by a splash of cold water to close your pores.
Do you have any DIY face mask recipes you’d like to share? I’m always looking to try new ones! Leave a link to your favourite one below.