face mask is a technique used to improve the smoothness of the skin. Not to be mistaken for a chemical peel, a face mask can be made from all natural ingredients. Some people have even said that they have seen less wrinkles, and years taken off their appearance from using a mask on their face. For those who have acne this is an alternative solution as opposed to products that contain chemicals. This is a smart beauty regimen.
All natural ingredients… keep the skin supple
The first evidence of face mask exfoliants are found in Egypt. They were used to protect skin against sun damage. One of the most adored women in history – Cleopatra was one of the first people to use face masks. Women today still wish to maintain their beauty just as she did. Over time, we’ve continuously improved their benefits by enhancing the ingredients. To keep the skin supple, women in South America for many decades have used avocado masks, and in parts of Africa, women have used palm oil.
Go ahead and try one of the below masks (or each of them), all made with ingredients that will provide a natural glow to skin.
(Suggestion: Cleanse face before applying.)
- ½ Ripe avocado
- 2 Tablespoons of hot water
- 1 Teaspoon of honey
- Small bowl
Using a fork, mash the avocado into the bowl. Dissolve the honey into hot water and then mix it in with the avocado. Use a makeup brush for control to apply the mixture, or just use your fingers. Let the mask remain on your face, hardening for at least 10 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
- ½ Tablespoon of activated charcoal powder
- ½ Tablespoon of rose water
- ½ Tablespoon of fine grain sea salt
- Small Bowl
Combine all ingredients into a small bowl, mixing with a spoon. Using your fingertips, apply the mixture onto the face, scrubbing gently in circular motions. Continue to apply to your face for about a minute or two. Rinse with warm water.
Honey & Cinnamon Peel Off Face Mask
- 1 Tablespoon of honey
- 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
- Cotton Strips
- Small Bowl
Take your bowl and put equal portions of honey and cinnamon in it. Mix them thoroughly till you see a consistent mixture. Apply to trouble areas, or the whole face. Cautiously keeping the mixture away from your eyes. Press cotton strip on your face. Wait about five minutes before removing the strips carefully from the face. Wash the mask off with warm water, and then apply your favorite moisturizer.
Rose & Honey Mask
- 2 Dried roses, cut up into small pieces
- 1½ Tablespoon raw or Manuka honey
- 2 Teaspoons of melted coconut oil
- Hand or Bath towel
- Small Bowl
Mix together the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to face as a thin layer. Use a towel around your neck as it may drip a bit. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off and air dry or pat dry. If you have oily skin you can add a little lemon juice to the mix.
Roses have been a symbol of love for many centuries and is still a favorite scent for many women. The rose mask is a favorite one for the Cocoa Africana team!
Set a day or maybe even two days a week and treat yourself to a homemade facial mask.
We hope that you enjoy them all as much as we do.
♡ Cocoa Africana