[ DIY ] The “Do It All” Mask

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It’s starting to warm up here in Perth, so I need a mask that can tackle just about all my skin troubles at once to avoid layering too much on my skin. If you’re familiar with our climate, it’s completely fucked here. One day it’ll be too hot to step outside, the next will be soaking wet with rain and too cold to leave without two jumpers on. A mask that can do it all is definitely essential at this time of year here to avoid that sticky or heavy feeling during the hotter days, but add enough hydration to your skin if the weather decides to be a little colder. This mask that I’m going to reveal to you helps with acne, skin radiance, lifting, tightening, hydration and whitening all at once.


 

INGREDIENTS

  • Half a lemon; squeeze out the juice (keeping the pulp optional)
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 TBSP of honey (preferably raw)
  • 1 TSP of turmeric powder (root optional)
  • 1 TBSP of goat’s milk (regular milk optional)
  • 2 TBSP of aloe gel (aloe vera pulp optional)
  • Rice Flour (optional, just to thicken up the consistency of the mask)

 

METHOD

  • Blend the tomato with the lemon juice and honey to incorporate the ingredients together.
  • If you’re using a turmeric root, then blend a thumb sized piece with the tomato mixture too. If you’re using powder, then stir in with the milk and aloe gel until a smooth paste is formed.
  • Finally, add the rice flour if you want a thicker consistency and form into a thick batter. I personally added 4 TBSP to make it cakey for better adherance to the face.

Apply to the face after cleansing your face with your regular wash. Make sure your face is still damp (not wet)when applying the mask. You want to trap all that moisture under the mask to prevent excessive dehydration. Leave on your face for 20-30 minutes and wash off with water or green tea. Use this pack 2 or 3 times a week for optimal results, or every night for intensive care. If you use this in the day time, don’t forget to apply sunblock to prevent damage to the skin, as sun exposure after using Vitamin C can cause damage, sensitivity and skin darkening.


 

INGREDIENT PROPERTIES

LEMON: Packed full of Vitamin C for brightening and whitening effects. Lemon juice also contains natural salicylic acid, which is a key ingredient to kill the bacteria that causes pimples in the skin.

TOMATO: Has skin brightening and whitening effects, and is proven to remove the stubborn blackheads formed around the skin and nose from clogged pores.

HONEY: The key ingredient to achieve what Koreans refer to as the “honey skin” look. It traps moisture deep into the skin, has whitening effects, repairs and heals the skin, and refirms the skin to prevent the early signs of aging. It’s also anti inflammatory and antibacterial so it can help those with acne troubles, and swelling.

TURMERIC: Helps with the metabolism in the skin, increases the epidermal growth factor in skin and is a key ingredient in many Indian DIY masks for it’s whitening and anti acne properties. Keep in mind that adding too much turmeric to your skin can leave a yellow tinge, so use sparingly, or reduce the amount you add to the mask to avoid that yellowness.

MILK: Or goat’s milk in particular is packed full of calcium. It can make your skin radiant and has whitening effects too, whilst penetrating deep into the underlying layers of your skin for deep nourishment and hydration.

ALOE VERA: Known for it’s superb hydration for the skin, and has whitening effects. It can also reverse the damages caused by the sun, soothes skin and aids in the repairing process of skin too.

RICE FLOUR: Creates a porcelain skin appearance to restore skin vitality and radiance to the skin, whilst strengthening the skin. It also helps to reduce the signs of dullness and darkening.


 

I’ve used this mask twice this week, as I’ve only just started incorporating it into my Summer skincare routine, and I can already see results in the appearance of my skin. I haven’t severely broken out yet, which is a first. My skin also looks so much more radiant than usual, and I can see that with constant and regular uses of the mask, my skin will only improve. There are different variations of this particular mask; you can add sugar or cinnamon powder for an exfoliating mask, green tea for better acne care or even papaya for a stronger whitening effect. It’s personally up to you how you want to use this mask, and for what purpose, but I definitely can vouch in how effective this version is, even with only using it two times so far. It’s so good, that I even sometimes skip the base makeup stage just because my skin appears near flawless. If you like this post, then don’t forget to like it and subscribe to this blog for more DIY posts and reviews of cosmetics and skincare. Don’t forget to also add me on my SNS sites and leave comments on what YOU guys want to read about. Up until the next post~

love anthony ♡

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