If there’s one thing we love to help get us into relaxation mode, it’s making an easy homemade face mask. Especially if it’s something that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, with ingredients we already have in our pantry or fridge!
We’ve previously posted about recipes for face masks that are especially easy to prepare by yourself. This time, we’re breaking down an especially easy homemade face mask for acne – breakouts, be gone!
Green Goddess Face Mask Recipe
This plant-based mask is made entirely of ingredients that offer natural benefits to help fight acne. True to its name, the use of this face mask is sure to restore your natural radiance and unleash your inner goddess!
What You’ll Need and Why:
1 Tbsp Agave Nectar
Agave nectar is a wonderful plant-based alternative to honey, but it also offers topical benefits for the skin with its hydrating and humectant properties. Agave nectar is also antimicrobial, helping to banish acne-causing bacteria.
This ingredient has a sticky, viscous texture that makes it the perfect agent for keeping other ingredients together. When you apply the mask to your face, the agave nectar will help it adhere to the skin.
1 Tbsp Oat Flour or Finely Ground Rolled Oats
Oatmeal works well as a gentle physical exfoliant, and is known for soothing inflammatory conditions of the skin like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Thanks to both its soothing properties and acne-fighting functions, oatmeal is often an ideal ingredient in DIY masks, bath soaks, and scrubs.
1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works as an excellent ingredient for acne because it works as a natural chemical exfoliant. Apple cider vinegar can also be used to balance pH, and its antimicrobial properties allow it to prevent the onset of the bacteria that causes acne.
While apple cider vinegar can be a wonderful addition to both your beauty regime and pantry, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Due to its high acidic concentration, it’s not recommended to combine apple cider vinegar with other acids or retinoids.
Meanwhile, apple cider vinegar may be particularly suitable for those with oily or acne-prone skin, while it may be a bit harsh for those with dry skin.
2 Tsp Witch Hazel
As a plant with strong anti-inflammatory features, witch hazel is an especially viable ingredient against acne.
Witch hazel is known for its pH-balancing abilities, which makes it a popular ingredient in many toners. Learn more about the acne-fighting benefits of witch hazel to maximize your breakout-fighting efforts!1 Tbsp Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an ideal skin care ingredient for several reasons – to start, you can grow it in your own home!
Aloe vera is a succulent plant found in deserts and hot, dry climates. Simply cut into the thick leaves to access its serum-like gel, which is packed with vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Each helps to perform anti-inflammatory functions in support of clear skin.
While these anti-inflammatory properties alone make this succulent plant great for acne, aloe vera is also great for blemishes that have recently been spot-treated. Because aloe vera is ultra-hydrating, it will help pump moisture into pores that have recently dried out and scabbed over, helping the cells revive.
3 Tsp Green Tea Powder
Green tea in powdered form is an especially convenient, and easy to mix ingredient for an easy homemade face mask.
Green tea powder contains a wealth of benefits that allow it to help the skin in several ways. Green tea fights the onset of premature aging, fighting inflammation, and acne thanks to its high concentration of a special type of anti-aging antioxidants: polyphenols.
Additionally, studies have shown that green tea works well on a variety of dermatological conditions including rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis.
Optional: 5-10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is known for its soothing scent, and has been used to add fragrance to soaps for centuries. Lavender oil may also work well against acne, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Combining the Ingredients
Combine ingredients together in a medium bowl until the mixture forms a thick, but slightly runny consistency.
After washing your face with a gentle cleanser, apply the mask to your skin with either a brush or dry, freshly washed hands. Allow the mask to sit for 10-15 minutes, keeping the face as relaxed as possible.
Gently remove the mask with a washcloth soaked in lukewarm water, taking care to use patting motions. Rubbing can pull and drag the skin, leading to premature aging.
Finish up with a high quality toner. To supply your skin with some extra nourishment, we recommend that you finish up with our Restorative Facial Oil. Cold-pressed oils and botanical extracts like lavender and green tea oil soothe and rejuvenate the skin for a clear, blemish-free complexion.