Balancing & Brightening Face Mask
Preparation time - 5 mins
This mask is suitable for all skin types; however, I have specifically tailored it to be suited to a skin that might be prone to spots, breakouts and blemishes.
Blueberries contain salicylates (the salt aspect of salicylic acid), a widely used antibacterial ingredient found in many skincare products to target spots, large pores, acne and general breakouts. Blackberries are particularly high in Vitamin A which is an essential vitamin when treating breakouts. The high water content in the fruit also adds hydration to the skin without contributing extra oil and their amazing blend of minerals (especially zinc) are great for problem skin. Honey has antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties whilst cinnamon has antibacterial and soothing benefits. Green tea is included for its really high levels of antioxidants and soothing properties. Natural yogurt is used to help restore the skins flora and acid alkaline levels.
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 large teaspoon honey
1 green tea bag
1 tablespoon natural yoghurt
Boil the kettle and steep your green tea bag (white tea is also an option) and place all the other ingredients into a blender. Remove the teabag and cut open, add the tea leaves to the ingredients in the blender. Blend for 15 to 20 seconds.
This mask is a little runny in texture, so I much prefer applying it with an artist’s paint brush. Apply one layer evenly over the face, then a second and possibly a third if required. Leave to dry on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes. It will tighten slightly on the skin as it dries.
Dampen with a warm flannel or cloth before removing. As it has a strong colour it does require wiping off a few times with the flannel. It’s really lovely to finish with a tiny amount of almond oil (very tiny!) or your normal facial serum or moisturiser.
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