There’s nothing better than sitting around, watching trashy TV with a facemask and snacks. An indulgent little treat that can soon turn into a pricey habit, regular facemasks are great for the skin but no so for your bank account. That’s why every now and again I like to make a batch of my own!
Making facemasks at home couldn’t be easier and you will probably have most of the ingredients readily available in your fridge. This recipe in particular only takes three key ingredients: Spinach, green tea and natural yoghurt. You will need a blender, but failing that you can grind your spinach and green tea in a pestle & mortar.
How does this facemask help your skin?
Spinach – The vitamin C content of spinach makes it perfect for repairing your skin from everyday wear and tear. Living in Manchester, the constant downpours mean my skin takes a battering, yet spinach helps revive and cleanse.
Green tea – A mild exfoliant and antioxidant packed miracle, you’ll find green tea in most shop bought facemasks. It’s important that you use an unbleached tea bag in this instance, as you really don’t want to be adding any extra chemicals on to your skin! Loose leaf green tea will likely be be too chunky and may need grinding down, tea bag texture seems to be just right!
Yoghurt – I’m not talking vanilla Onken here! You’ll need natural yoghurt from a local health store. Check the label as many supermarket brands still put sugar and flavouring in to yoghurt that’s marketed as natural. I managed to get a small tub in H&B. Yoghurt is fab for smoothing your skin, giving you supple cheeks that are silky soft!
This homemade facemask recipe suits ‘normal skin’. It’s pack full of vitamins and antioxidants, but you’ll need something much more tailored to fight off any particular skin conditions, such as acne. Leaving your face moisturised and clean, this green tea facemask is sure to revive tired skin and aid relaxation.
Perfect for a little pick me up, you can make this in a matter of minutes!
2) After a minute or two cut your tea bag open and empty the contents. Wait for it to cool.
3) Blend your spinach and green tea with three heaped tablespoons of yoghurt and blend. Don’t be too precious about the texture, if you blend it too much it will simply fall off your face.
4) Apply your facemask and leave it for around 15 minutes.
5) When washing the mask off your face, gently use the green tea to exfoliate your skin and scrub away any excess dirt.
Formulated to cleanse and repair, the beauty of this mask is that you’re welcome to tweak the recipe to your liking. Add honey for a glowing finish, mint for a refreshed feeling that stimulates the blood flow, or even a teaspoon of lavender buds to soothe red patches.
This mask is best used fresh and I personally wouldn’t risk using old formula that’s been kept in the fridge. It’s so easy to make that you can just make small batches when needed. If you’re making this for friends, do double check their allergies! This should be find on sensitive skin, but we all have out own boundaries.
Let me know if you try this one out yourself!
Disclaimer: This worked for my personal skin type. Test patches are also recommended and you may need to consult expert opinion before trying this facemask.