Try this skin-saving cocoa and coffee mask

Beauty aficionados have been raving about the beauty benefits of cocoa and coffee lately – and when I tell you why, it’ll all make perfect sense!

When you use cocoa and coffee in combination, they brighten up your complexion, wake up tired eyes, decrease puffiness in your face, and even treat breakouts!

No matter your skin type, the cocoa and coffee mask recipe I’m sharing with you is sure to work wonders for you. I just love this mask because it’s simple to mix up, and only requires a couple of kitchen cupboard ingredients.

Cocoa and coffee are the staples of this chocolaty mask, but feel free to tailor the recipe based on your skin type and the ingredients you’ve got in your kitchen. For dry skin, add full-fat yoghurt. For oily skin, add lemon juice. Try it out!

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Cocoa and coffee mask recipe

You’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (your basic Nestle Cocoa works fine)
  • 4 tbsp finely ground coffee beans or espresso (instant coffee works too if you don’t have
  • your own grinder)
  • 8 tbsp dairy product (such as heavy cream, plain yoghurt, whole milk or nut milk)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey

How to make the mask:

  1. If you’re using whole coffee beans, finely grind them in your grinder. Make sure they’re super-finely ground so that they don’t scratch your skin! If you’ve just made coffee, you can use the freshly brewed coffee grounds. They just won’t contain as much caffeine (and your skin loves caffeine!)
  2. Combine the coffee with the cocoa powder in a small bowl.
  3. Add in your dairy product of choice and stir until you form a smooth paste. For a thicker paste, use less dairy.
  4. In a separate bowl, warm up the honey in a warm water bath or in the microwave, then stir it into the concoction.

How to apply the mask:

  1. Use your fingertips to apply the mask to your clean skin. You can use it all over your face and neck.
  2. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes or until dry.
  3. Wet a facecloth and press it onto your face gently to loosen the mask, then rinse the mask off with warm water.
  4. If you’ve got sensitive skin, avoid rubbing your face – the coffee grounds could potentially get scratchy!

You can store the leftover paste in your fridge for up to three days.

Remove blemishes the natural way with this orange peel face mask recipe

An orange peel face mask may sound like a bit of an odd idea, but it has a ton of benefits to offer your skin! Orange peel is super-rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that can help tone and tighten your skin, giving it a healthy, radiant glow.

 

The citric acid in orange peel also exfoliates and brightens up skin incredibly well! You can mix up this orange peel mask at home to lighten up your blemishes and achieve a radiant skin tone… Naturally!

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How to make your own orange peel face mask to fade blemishes and spots

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp orange peel powder
  • 1 tsp organic raw honey
  • 1 tsp plain yoghurt

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well until smooth.
  2. Clean your face and neck with cool water, then apply a thick coat of the face mask.
  3. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse your face with cold water and pat dry with a towel.
  4. You can finish of your skin treatment by massaging a little bit of olive oil or coconut oil into your face to combat dryness.

Follow this routine twice a week to see blemishes and spots disappear.

How to make your own orange peel powder

  1. It’s important you use sun-dried and powdered orange peel for this face mask. To make your own, simply follow these easy steps:
  2. Wash the peel of one orange in distilled water.
  3. Spread the peels on a tray and place them in areas that get lots of sunshine.
  4. Let the peels dry in the sun for a day or two, then crush them into a powder in a blender.
  5. Store the powder in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.

The benefits of this orange peel face mask

  • It has natural bleaching properties
  • It will lighten up blemishes and spots
  • It has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties
  • It will leave your skin nourished and hydrated

I just love this home remedy for blemishes! What do you use to treat your blemished skin?

I tried the multi-masking – the latest trend in skincare

Over the past few weeks, the Internet has been a-flutter about a new technique of mask treatments: Multi-masking.

 

As you might guess, it involves using multiple masks, at the same time. And by that I mean one mask in a concentrated area of your face, and another in a different region, depending on the condition of the skin you want to treat.

 

Obviously, when I first heard about this I was intrigued. Don’t get me wrong, I love my beauty routine, but anything that can make it more efficient is always good in my book! Plus, I’ve noticed that certain parts of my face need different kinds of TLC on any given day.

So I decided to give multi-masking a whirl! Here’s what I thought of it…

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The masks I used for my multi-mask

To try out multi-masking, I chose to apply a coconut and honey mask on my jawline and a small patch of it on my forehead where I’m, ahem, prone to breakouts.

Then, I put my moisturising mask of choice, a dark chocolate mask, on my cheeks and temples, which are areas of my face that tend to get a little dry (and uncomfortably tight if I were to use a clay mask on them!).

Lastly, since my eyes had been puffy and I was pretty tired, I used a brightening avocado mask to top my pamper session off.

You might be wondering why I chose to use all-natural, homemade face masks for my multi-mask. And, well, the answer to that is simple: I prefer using natural ingredients on my skin because I believe they work brilliantly, if not better, than most face mask products on the market.

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My thoughts on multi-masking concluded

After applying all the masks, I sat down to watch an episode of Revenge, which is a series that pretty much mandates your full attention or you won’t understand. I like to do masks while I unwind, and normally that involves a TV show as well, but, having three masks on at the same time was a game changer!

I didn’t have to get up to wash my face and swap out my mask for another one during my show, and I didn’t experience any tightening or discomfort which might set in when you use a clay mask (my face’s special way of telling me, I’m done!).

So what did I think of multi-masking overall? I liked it! I’ll do it again. It targeted the necessary areas, I pampered myself, and my skin looked and felt fresh the next day. Call me a convert!

Keep your skin hydrated with this quick and easy chocolate face mask

Chocolate is my favourite dessert. But apart from its delicious taste, it also has many beneficial properties that can improve your skin!

 

Not many people know that it’s possible to use chocolate to do face masks. But you can! Chocolate actually does a brilliant job hydrating, lifting, rejuvenating and toning your face.

 

Today I’m going to share the ultimate hydrating chocolate face mask recipe with you.

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Hydrating chocolate face mask recipe

This homemade face mask is quick and easy to mix up, and will leave your skin feeling super hydrated instantly. I recommend using a good quality dark chocolate for best results.

Here’s what you need for this wonder mask:

  • 50 g chocolate (with 70% to 90% content of cocoa)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (you can also use sweet almond oil, grape seed oil or linen oil)
  • 1 egg’s yolk

And here’s the super easy method:

  1. Warm up the chocolate on a water bath until it becomes liquid.
  2. Mix the chocolate with the olive oil and the egg yolk.
  3. Apply the mixture all over your face and neck. Make sure the temperature of your chocolate mask is comfortable and easy to apply before you do this!
  4. Keep the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water.

What this chocolate mask will do for your skin

This face mask will leave your skin feeling wonderfully hydrated and smooth. You can thank the dark chocolate and olive oil for this!

I recommend using this mask at least one every two weeks to keep your skin in tip top condition. It’s wonderful for keeping your skin hydrated during the cold winter months.