The beauty of the recipes in this article is that all you need to make them are a few kitchen items, like a blender, coffee grinder, funnel, saucepan, and whisk.
We must treat our facial skin with even more tenderness and grace than the skin on the rest of our bodies. It is even more susceptible to wrinkles and discoloration, and the skin around the eyes can be incredibly fragile. Because our face is what we see when we look in the mirror, and it is where we house many of our most potent characteristics, we honor our entire being when we honor this part of our body.
I love getting facial treatments from professional aestheticians. Still, these do-it-yourself facial treatments are just as healing. Feeling the ingredients mush between your fingers and smelling the spices as you stir will activate your spirit more than anything you could buy at the store. I find it wonderfully satisfying to create a sensual, beautifying experience full of self-love from ingredients I already have in my kitchen.
The following treatments are gentle enough to be used on all skin types, but each one notes which kind of skin it will benefit most. All recipes make one treatment, so feel free to double or triple them to beautify with friends.
Plumping Fairy Nectar Mask
¼ cup avocado
¼ cup mashed banana
¼ cup raw honey
¼ cup plain yogurt
This mask is rich, creamy, sensuous, and full of beneficial fats that can help moisturize parched skin. Caring for your skin shouldn’t be a clinical process, and making this mask should be a very visceral experience. Really smoosh it around and feel it with your fingers while mixing it.
Using your fingers, mix the avocado, banana, honey, and yogurt in a bowl until they are well combined (the mixture should be a pale green). Wash your face and pat it dry, then slowly and lovingly apply the mix. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.
Exfoliating Luscious Island Mask
For all skin types, though, use caution if your skin is sensitive. Natural alpha-hydroxy acids and enzymes are safer than chemicals but can still cause irritation.
Once a month to leave your skin with a radiant glow
¼ cup papaya ( or pineapple (pineapple is more potent and
great to use for extra exfoliation)
¼ cup plain yogurt
I’ve been visiting Kauai since I was fifteen. One of the first things I do when I land on that red, rich earth is go to the farmers’ market and pick out my pineapples, papayas, mangoes, coconuts, and lychees.
They don’t last long in our house, but whatever we don’t eat, I use to make a mask, as the acids in these tropical fruits are gentle exfoliators that help clear away dead skin. And bromelain, an enzyme that’s derived from pineapples, is really good for inflammation. I love to sit with one of these masks on my face and feel my skin tingle as I bask in the feminine Venus energy of a place ripe with beauty.
Take some fruit and yogurt and mix them. “Mix the ingredients together in a bowl using a wooden spoon.” Use the back of the spoon to mash the fruit, but don’t worry if there are still some small pieces. After washing your face and drying it off, apply the mixture to your face with your fingers. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it with warm water. Note: If you use papaya, you can also include the seeds as a potent exfoliator
Cupid Beauty Mask
Dry skin types
As needed to moisturize
5 tablespoons oat flour
3 tablespoons milk, preferably raw
1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
In India, Women are ruled by Venus, who is all about love, compassion, and prosperity.
Whenever I smell rose and sandalwood scents, it takes me back to the bustling markets of Iran. In Persian and Ayurvedic traditions, sandalwood is believed to help open your third eye while rose is thought to open your heart. This lovely fragrance can lift your mood and make you feel better. Sandalwood has cooling and antibacterial properties that can help prevent acne and rose petals have anti-aging properties that provide moisture to your skin. This mask feels luxurious and helps to balance your skin, making it look radiant.
To make the mask, mix oat flour and milk in a bowl until it forms a paste. Add sandalwood powder and rose petals and stir until you get a smooth consistency. Wash your face and pat it dry. Then, apply the mask using upward strokes and leave it on for 20 minutes. Finally, rinse off the mask with warm water.
Cooling Milk & Spice Mask
Oily and acne-prone skin types
Two or three times a month if you have a lot of breakouts
2 or 3 whole nutmeg pods or 1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon whole milk, preferably raw, plus more as
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional; use only if you have exceptionally
Breakouts are eruptions usually caused by too much Pitta— fire energy—in the body. We have to learn how to harness the passion and fire and put it to work for us. Otherwise, we just swallow that fire, resulting in acne, cysts, or hormonal issues. This mask treats acne by soothing and calming the skin to leave it smooth and supple.
The medicinal qualities of nutmeg help to rejuvenate the skin and also treat anxiety and digestive issues in the body. Whole milk is full of nourishing fats that help moisturize, and when these two ingredients are mixed together, your skin will want to drink up the combination. (It is good enough that you could drink it!) Grind the nutmeg in a coffee grinder and transfer it to a bowl. If using, add the milk and the honey and stir until combined to form a paste. You can add water instead of more milk to get the right consistency.
First, wash your face with water and dry it gently with a towel. Then, apply the mask to your entire face or only the areas where you see problems. After using the face mask, you might feel a slight tingling sensation. Don’t worry; this means that the mask is starting to work its magic. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse your face with cool water.
Golden Sun Mask
Normal to dry skin types
As needed for special occasions
½ cup plain yogurt (I prefer goat’s or sheep’s milk)
3 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon saffron threads
This mask is a fantastic blend of three excellent ingredients: yogurt, honey, and saffron. It combines traditional Persian and Ayurvedic recipes to make your skin look radiant like the sun. Saffron, obtained from the crocus flower, gives this mask its beautiful golden-red color and unique flavor. It is known to have fantastic healing properties and can help reduce stress, depression, and menstrual cramps. It is also effective in treating skin discoloration, dullness, and acne.
Mix the yogurt, honey, and saffron to make this mask until you get a pale golden color. Then apply it to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. After that, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Add lemon juice and sugar to the mixture to make an exfoliating version. This will help to lighten your skin and remove dead skin cells. Simply mix the lemon juice, sugar, yogurt, honey, and saffron together and apply it to your face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water.
This mask is a fantastic blend of three excellent ingredients: yogurt, honey, and saffron. It combines traditional Peit’sn and Ayurvedic recipes to make your skin look radiant like the sun. Saffron, obtained from the crocus flower, gives this mask its beautiful golden-red color and unique flavor. It is known to have fantastic healing properties and can help reduce stress, depression, and menstrual cramps. It is also effective in treating skin discoloration, dullness, and acne.