It’s Wednesday, which also means it’s hump day! But let’s be honest, there’s a bigger hump we’re trying to get over and that’s the hump of the changing seasons. We know the transition can be awkward, and when we’re busy updating our wardrobes we sometimes forget our skin regiment could use an update too. Ladies (and gentlemen), it’s time to strip away the remnants of winter and get a head start on that summer glow!
All Kids Eat Dirt, Right?
We’re kicking off our FORA Mask Force facial series with a DIY Edible Mud Mask! (Note: You might have sampled the dirt in your backyard as a kid, but we’re not actually going to make you eat dirt for this one).
We’ve searched the internet and found the perfect DIY Edible Mud Mask made with some of our favourite ingredients—coco, honey, greek yogurt and banana. Yum! And to help motivate you to try this all natural mix, we’ve gone ahead and documented our own experience to help you along. See below!
- 2-3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. buttermilk
- ¼-1/2 of a banana, mashed
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
TIP: Since we’re creating this mask in preparation for summer, consider adding a little extra honey to eliminate damaged skin caused by winter, and reduce lemon juice if you have sensitive or dry skin. If you’re choosing to prep this mask mid-summer, bring the honey count back down to 1 tsp.
Mixing the mud mask was a lot like making a smoothie! The prep time didn’t take long at all. The recipe I used made about three masks, which is equivalent to filling about half a standard Magic Bullet cup. You won’t want to mix the mask in anything bigger, and unless you’re prepared to smear banana chunks all over your face, you won’t want to mix it by hand either (I had to learn the hard way).
When it came time to apply the mask I learned very quickly that this step needed to be done standing over the sink or in the shower. The texture literally reminded me of a melted smoothie that was meant to be frozen.
After applying the mask to my face and neck—your neck is an extension of your face, never forget—I was able to move around without too much drip concern. It took about 10 minutes for the mask to dry and I was ready to rinse.
My skin felt a bit tight when I first removed the mask, but I managed to fix the issue by applying coconut oil immediately after, an ingredient I would actually consider adding into the mix next time. I definitely noticed an added glow to my skin tone for the remainder of the day.
I stored the leftover ingredients in the fridge and it kept overnight. If you’re not into revisiting leftovers, grab a straw and have at it! When your friends ask you what you did last night, tell them you ate mud just to see if you can get a rise out of them, then let them in on the DIY Edible Mud Mask secret!
Ease of Prep: 8
Unless you’re one of those people that stock every ingredient known to mankind, you might find yourself having to run out to the grocery store for one or two items. Once you’ve got everything you need, it’s as simple as mixing your morning smoothie.
Mess Factor: 7
I wouldn’t recommend sporting your favourite tee when applying this mask, or anything white for that matter. There’s going to be some drip during the initial application. Mix it in the kitchen and then head straight for the bathroom for application.
Worth vs Wait: 9
If you make this mask once then you already have all the ingredients to make it again. It’s easy enough to slap a lid on it and store in the fridge overnight and one batch lasts you half a week. There are a number of ingredients in this mix and each have their own benefits. Try removing or adjusting ingredients to see what works best for your skin type. It’s all natural so it can’t hurt to try!