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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

DIY face mask - Honey and kiwi skin brightening mask

I've used this recipe reliably for 3 years now. I still enjoy using shop brought, but i reserve that treat for birthdays or xmas. I really like this particular one but you could pretty much make up anything using just 3 simple ingredients and some flavouring. I tend to chop and change flavorings every week so only make a very small batch at a time which lasts me 3-4 days. This particular one i made was for 2 days use.


Ingredients:



  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 4 tablespoons of natural yogurt
  • 1 kiwi. 
These are all things i have in my house at any given time. Cost is buying from scratch is:
  • Kiwi - 30p each or 6 for £1 - Tesco
  • Honey - 99p Tesco
  • Yogurt - price varies depending on brand - mine is Tesco own brand - 49p
  • Olive oil - £1.25 (can buy smaller bottles) 
The main ingredients for any face mask is the yogurt, olive oil and honey. The kiwi in this instance is optional. 

Benefits to the skin:
  • Honey - helps your skin retain moisture and rich in anti oxidents, its also an anti- inflammatory
  • Olive oil - Its a fantastic mouisurizer
  • Yogurt - Is supposed to be great for clearing acne. I cant say for definite that it does, but is used in these recipes to provide a creamy texture.
  • Kiwi - Is said to smooth wrinkles and improve skin texture. 

To make the face mask is just 1 easy step....

Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  • Puree the kiwi or if that's not possible mash into a liquidy mixture with a fork. 
  • If you want - heat up the honey for a few seconds in a microwave to soften right up

The mixture should be between thick and runny. You want it runny enough to smooth on but not thick enough that it sticks to a spoon. 

To use
  • Open your pores up, either by facial steaming or washing with warm water. 
  • Using clean fingers, apply thickly to your face. 
  • Leave for 10-15 mins. It may start to tingle slightly. 
  • Wash off with warm water and splash your face with cold water to close your pores. 
  • Pat your face dry. 
Like anything you put on your skin, test first to make sure you have no reaction. I have very sensitive skin and have not experienced anything other than a slight tingle. 

This is a fantastic, cheap face mask full of natural products. There is many many different flavorings you can use if you fancy trying lots of new things. Each batch costs me less than £1 a time and in my opinion does the same job as the shop brought creams. 

Some of my favorite flavorings are: 
  • Honey and papaya (not often i make this, its more of a treat)
  • Honey and oatmeal
  • Strawberry (just use strawberry instead of kiwi)
  • Avocado and olive oil (no honey in this one unless wanted)
  • Berry face mask (use berry's instead of kiwi)
  • Kiwi and banana
  • Kiwi and avacado
  • Honey and lemon
With regards to the yogurt, I've read online a while ago that some have used strawberry yogurt, peach yogurt etc. I have tried this and in all honesty it does the same job as the natural yogurt. You could make a 1 time use using a 20p cheap yogurt rather than buying a big tub of natural yogurt. I use natural yogurt because i eat it in my cereal so its always in the house. 

And there you have it. Do let me know if you try this, id love to know what you think :)

4 comments:

  1. looks fab and a real money saver ( sounds good enough to eat ) xx

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    1. admittedly it don't taste half bad :D x

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  2. will have to give this a go when im next making lip scrubs :)

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    1. Have to let me know how it goes :D x

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