DIY Homemade Eczema-Friendly Face Mask Recipe
If you have read my articles before then you know that I like experimenting with face products.
In fact, one of my earliest memories is the feeling of panic as my mom opened the pantry door at an ungodly hour of the night to find three-year-old Emma, bowl in hand, making ‘potions’ as I called it then.
The obsession didn’t end there. As a child, I would spend hours pouring over various fashion magazines looking for new and interesting things I could mix up for my skin.
Where did I research the ingredients I'd use?
I would take books out of the library to learn about the purposes of different ingredients and what they could do for your skin.
I’m sure the librarian raised an eyebrow at a nine-year-old checking out titles on medicinal herbs and dermatology. I’m sure she got used to it as the years went on, and I was still checking out books on skincare. Given that, it's no surprise that I am still just as obsessed with my skin.
It's also no surprise that my almost-eight-year-old daughter Lu is the same. (My mom hilariously refers to this as ‘karmic payback!’)
How can my favorite recipe work for you?
Recalling those fond memories led me to want to share with you my favorite go-to face mask recipe. It is of my own design, and I’ll even share with you what it does for your skin in brackets beside each ingredient. I want to impress that this recipe is NOT intended to be eaten or consumed orally and is intended only for topical application. Please consult a trusted healthcare professional if you are unsure of how you may react to any of the ingredients or if you have any other concerns.
This mask, and its ingredients, can be customized as per your tastes and in consideration of potential allergies and intolerances. That's one of my favorite things about masks, they are so adaptable! And, of course, this mask is intended to be eczema friendly!
What's in the mask?
The recipe is as follows:
- 2 tablespoons of plain greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 half of a banana (mashed)
- 1 egg
The greek yogurt in the mask functions as a probiotic, while the honey is antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal. Bananas contains potassium which helps nourish and moisturize the skin and egg is added for a ceramide boost!
How do I make and use the mask?
The instructions for use are as follows:
- Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl (in any order).
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, making sure to remove any makeup or dirt before applying the mask.
- Apply the mask to your face. I prefer to spend a few minutes massaging and working the product into my face before applying the rest of the mixture to my face.
- Find a relaxing and hopefully quiet place to relax while your mask works its magic! Usually, I will wear this type of mask for 15-30 minutes or until my face feels tight and the mask feels dry (this tightness feeling is due to the egg in the mask).
- Remove the mask by either gently wiping it off with a wet cloth or by rinsing your face with water. The ingredients of this mask are safe to be washed down the sink. However, you may want to consider using your kitchen sink due to chunky bits in the mask creating potential blockages in your plumbing.
- Finish your mask by washing your face with your regular skin cleanser and as always.
- When that is complete, MOISTURIZE!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe: it's one of my tried and true masks, especially when my skin is angry and red.
Let me know in the comments if you tried it and what you think or if you have any favourite homemade mask recipes!
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