I don’t know about you but my skin has been dry and broken out, if that is not the most perfect symbol for 2020, I don’t know what is. Nine months into this quarantine life, I am still dealing with maskne but on top of that, most recently, dryness. It is finally starting to feel like fall here in Los Angeles and while the east coast girl inside of me is giddy and excited to pull out my big chunky sweaters and fall fashion staples, my skin is in transition and I’m feeling it. It is really important to understand that you can’t use the same products that you would use in summer as in winter. Think of it like fashion, you don’t wear the same clothes when it’s sweaty and hot out as you do when it’s freezing right?
Once the weather starts to change and I can feel my skin telling me it’s time to transition products, I like to give my skin a boost in the right direction with a mask. I know a lot of the surface level dryness is coming from the heater that I now have on just about everyday. It dries out the air in my apartment but also is pulling moisture from my skin. One way to mitigate that is to get a humidifier. It will rebalance the humidity levels in your space, allow your skin to hold on it’s moisture and added bonus, it helps your plants remain hydrated and happy too! Besides a humidifier which honestly is one the most underrated household items, a face mask will kick
your skin into high gear. Since I am struggling in two areas, acne and hydration, I went into my kitchen and bathroom and started poking around to see what I already had to see if I could create an all-in-one mask. Honestly, if you really look, you will be shocked at what you have!
I stumbled across a peppermint essential oil in my bathroom and thought, tis’ the damn season (have you listened to Evermore yet? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for…?). Peppermint oil is so good for acne-prone skin because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, as well as its cooling effect that will soothe irritation and inflammation. With the aid for my acne in hand, I knew I wanted to add some of my favorites for hydration to reset my skin’s pH levels. I grabbed my blender and added raw honey, a humectant that moisturizes, avocado which contains a high percentage of vitamin E, as well as potassium, and many other nutrients which can nourish and moisturize your skin and also adds texture to the mask, plain coconut milk yogurt because coconut milk contains high levels of Vitamin C which helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of skin and a tablespoon of water to make the mask nice and creamy but use your own discretion for how much to add based on your preferences. I blended that up and moved it to a bowl. Lastly, I added bentonite clay, one of my favorite ingredients because of its many benefits to skin like healing acne, unclogging pores and acne scar reduction. I whisked that all together and I was ready for application.
I applied it to my face with a mask applicator but you can totally use your fingers. I was in a self-care moment and was feeling fancy. I let the mask sit on my skin for 20 minutes and washed it off. Do this mask two to three times a week and I am sure your skin will feel balanced and you will start to see your maskne subside and your hydration levels rebalanced!
- 4 tbsp bentonite clay
- 4 – 6 drops of peppermint oil
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 2 tbsp of water
- 3 tbsp of plain coconut milk yogurt
- Half of an avocado