Valentines day inspired us to make some DIY chocolate face masks, I enlisted the help of my five year old daughter to help me try out these out!
Benefits for the skin:
Chocolate: Is known for its great antioxidant-rich qualities, once believed to cause breakouts, research shows the it is actually good for your skin. It increase’s blood flow, hydration and help increase defense against UV damage. Known for vitamin content, dark chocolate contains, vitamins A, B12, B-complex, D and E, great for absorption of calcium, tissue growth and releasing energy.
Yogurt: Contains lactic acid which helps unclog pores, helps keep skin clear and hydrated. Even if you internally have a sensitivity to dairy you can use this on your skin and it will not irritate it.
Honey: Acts as an anti-aging agent and moisturizer. Its also rich in antioxidants and has anti-microbial properties, it helps protect skin from UV rays.
Oatmeal: Contains 18 different amino acids, which is an ideal ingredient to help heal blemishes and repair damaged skin. Oatmeal is also hypoallergenic, great for sensitive skin as well as damaged skin and is helps retain moisture, it’s also is a great exfoliant.
Avocado: The natural oils in avocado can penetrate deep into the skin helping soften and hydrate dry flaky skin. Avocado also helps prevent premature aging, and has antioxidants.
If you don’t want to go the DIY route Lush does have a natural Cupcake Face Mask you can get in stores.
Chocolate / Honey / Yogurt Mask
– Mix it up all the ingredients and make a paste then apply with a brush if you have it or your fingers. If your skin is super dry you can add in a little extra coconut oil or olive oil. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse off with Luke warm water. If you have sun damaged skin, or need a little extra skin repair you can add a few drops of vitamin E oil. Refrigerate till your going to use it!
1 Tablespoon of Cacao Powder we love the Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
1 Tablespoon of Yogurt
1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
Chocolate / Honey / Avocado / Ground Oatmeal Mask
– This mask is a little on the messy side but it does work really well on the skin. Mix it up and you can apply it right to your skin or you can refrigerate it first if you want it to be little more calming. You might want to rinse your face in the kitchen skin the oatmeal tends to be a little messy.
2 Tablespoons of Avocado
1 Tablespoon of Honey
2 Tablespoons of Cacao Powder
2 Tablespoons of Ground Oatmeal ( I just ground oatmeal in the blender)