April 06, 2016

We're all about some natural beauty products. Even better if you can make them at home using regular pantry ingredients, like this Salted Sea Scrub, but does a DIY edible face mask go to far, or is it just the right amount of genius?

Face Mask or Breakfast Ingredients?

The overwhelming worry among our staff was, as you might expect, "What is this going to do to my face?" A quick follow up question was, "Will it dye my skin?"

Then we found this.

It seems like a common problem. Using matcha? Beware of looking a little green:

Eep!

So we did a little more digging to find out what types of DIY, natural masks would work. Here are four we love:

  1. Back-to-Back Single-Ingredient Masks: First pineapple to get rid of dead skin, then yogurt exfoliate and hydrate. Thanks, XOVain!
  2. Carrot, Honey, & Avocado Moisturizing Mask: Our worry about being perpetually sticky is unfounded, and for that we rejoice.
  3. Cucumber, Coconut Oil, & Aloe Vera Cooling Mask: Coconut oil doesn't work great for all skin types, particularly those on the dry or oily extremes, but it does well for those in the middle of the road.

Making your own mask at home? We aware when using these ingredients:

Citrus Juices: These can act as a peel, leaving your face red and dry.

Strong Colors: If beets or colorful spices are your thing, be aware that their colors may linger.

Sugar: The jagged edges do exfoliate, but it comes at a cost to your skin. Use gentle ingredients on your skin and a cloth to gently exfoliate, instead.

We've decided that some things are too good to be true, so skip Edible Mud Mask that's pretending to be chocolate cake and have a piece of dark chocolate instead. Just because they're safe to eat doesn't mean they'll taste good.

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