Looking for a deep-cleaning, skin-brightening, all-natural skin treatment? Try this out!
Step 1: Mix Your Mask
- 1/2 avocado, mashed
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1/8 cup fresh mint, very finely minced
- 2 Tbs ground almonds
- 1 clove garlic, run through garlic press (or very finely minced and mashed a bit)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp honey
Caution: Remove immediately if you experience a high degree of irritation or burning! Garlic, lime and mint have strong astringent properties and the concentrations of active ingredients are unpredictable in natural form. You may want to try a small test patch first, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Step 2: What's Going On?
So what's going on in this mask? The table below lists some reported proprieties of each ingredient and links to the source of the information. I was looking to balance some of the stronger elements with soothing ones, which I think worked out for me, but there are a lot of claims (some more scientific than others) so you may want to do some further review and research to see what will work for you.
|Avocado||Calms, cleanses, firms skin, high in vitamin E|
|Almonds||Exfoliates, high vitamin E|
|Honey||Moisturizes, protects against UV damage|
|Lime||Removes dead skin cells, high in vitamin C|
|Mint||Contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient in several acne treatments|
|Garlic||Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, may reduce acne|