In this post, I will not be showing you any food recipes (well, kind of). I wanted to try to introduce my readers to something different – the world of DIY cosmetics! I chose to show how I make my own watermelon face mask that has been thoroughly tested by me so I know it’s safe. I am so excited to share this with you!
I am not really that much into make up and cosmetics but I do love to treat myself to an evening full of relaxation. If I had all the money in the world I would probably never leave the spa! But alas, that’s not really possible nor realistic.
But homemade spa treatments? Count me in! One of the easiest ways to give yourself that spa relaxation at home is preparing a simple face mask and applying it while you lie in the bathtub full of bubbles and essential oils. Even a quick facial can make a difference in how you feel and how you sleep that night.
The one I use most often is this watermelon and yogurt face mask that is incredibly hydrating. What I love the most about it is how easy it is to make yourself. I love these kinds of recipes that allow me to make sure that whatever I put on my body (or inside it!) is made from pure organic ingredients without sacrificing too much of my free time. The only ingredients are yogurt and watermelon so if you know it’s safe to eat, it’s surely safe to put on your face!
And that’s another reason I prefer homemade treatments over real spas. I feel like I can never fully trust someone, especially a company that is trying to make a profit, that they are only going to use natural ingredients that are proven to be safe. Authentically ethical spas can be hard to find and even if you have one in your local area, it’s probably more expensive than a regular spa.
All of my store-bought cosmetics are first vetted using the Skin Deep database. It allows you to check whether a particular product contains any potentially harmful substances so you can make an informed choice as a consumer. But spas don’t always make it clear what products they are using to give you that wonderfully-fragrant oil massage (psst, fragrances are one of the most common offenders that companies use to trick you into thinking they are using natural ingredients).
So I will gladly continue to make my own spa treatments whenever I can.
Yogurt is full of probiotics that are most commonly associated with improved gut flora but they can also help improve your skin. The enzymes and the lactic acid are natural exfoliants that will leave your skin radiating and pure.
Watermelon is mostly made up of water so it can aid in restoring your skin’s moisture barrier and hydrate it. It has plenty of electrolytes and vitamins (mostly vitamin A and B6) that are easy to absorb by your skin. I like to think of it as a natural sports drink!
- a small glass bowl
- a spoon
- 2 T. of natural yogurt (how to make yogurt)
- 1 t. of watermelon juice
- Press a spoon onto watermelon flesh to release some of the juice. Transfer one teaspoon of the juice to a glass bowl.
- Combine with two tablespoons of natural yogurt until the mixture reaches the right consistency.
- Apply the face mask you just made to your face and neck. Leave for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse.
You can also make another version of this face mask by replacing the yogurt with mashed avocado. Avocado mask plumps up the skin and works better for delicate skin. So if you want to prevent signs of aging, avocado is the way to go.
I use some other DIY recipes that I found in this DIY Organic Beauty ebook. I love it because it contains plenty of recipes for homemade lotions, shampoos, and even sunscreen! And the recipes are all pretty simple and don’t require you to become knowledgeable about DIY cosmetics techniques. I cannot recommend it enough!