I want to preface this post with a reminder that self care doesn't have to have anything to do with face masks or body care products, or any products in general. Self care can look however you want/need it to look. For me, it looks like a lot of baths, self-massages with essential oils, homemade face masks or ones from Luminance, meditation, naked dancing in front of my mirror, long walks, and more. Whatever you know makes you feel grounded, safe and peaceful: do that for self care! In this series I am tying self care to body care because FOR ME they are closely connected. But I certainly understand if as part of your care routine you want to avoid capitalist structures altogether/as much as possible. So in this post I am providing some DIY recipes for face masks that could not be any simpler, PLUS some face masks that you can purchase from Luminance if you feel so inclined.
Luminance is a very small company - like, a handful of people - in California that uses only vegan and ethically-sourced ingredients and makes all their products by hand in small batches. I was delighted when, in one of my previous posts wherein I held a giveaway for some of their goodies, so many of you expressed that you'd already discovered and fallen in love with their skin care elixirs. I feel the same way: their products are so gentle and well-designed that even on my sensitive skin they work wonders. Kim, Shayane and Elena are genuinely concerned with the well-being of every single one of their customers, so you are in good hands if you choose to try some of their glorious goods. Now moving on to masks!
My fave face masks from Luminance are their exfoliating mask with papaya enzymes - it's totally smooth so it doesn't scratch off the natural oils on your skin like some rougher exfoliators - and their green clay mask. Both leave my skin feeling soft, clean and hydrated. I do a mask every two weeks or so. Even though it only takes 10 minutes or less, it feels like such a treat for myself. I know ya'll know what I'm talking about. As for DIY face masks: I've shared recipes for a few before, and now I bring you more. CAN YA HANDLE IT?
1/2 avocado (yes, that's all)
Mash it up. Spread it on a clean face. Let it sit on there for 10 minutes. Rinse off gently with warm water, then spray on some rosewater toner and go on with your day.
Tip: avocado pits make great hydrating facial massage balls. That sounded really weird but all I'm saying is that next time ya cut open an avo and are about to compost the pit, rub it around your face instead. It feels really good and provides some natural moisturizing goodness thanks to the fat content. Rinse off your face right after the mini facial massage or else you will be walking around with green cheeks the rest of the day.
ANTIOXIDANT CHOCOLATE FACE MASK
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon ground coffee beans
1 tablespoon ground oats
Coconut milk, or more as needed
Stir all the ingredients together until you get a paste. Spread on a clean face and let sit for 10 minutes, then gently rinse off with warm water. Spray on some rosewater toner and keep livin life.
NOURISHING BANANA FACE MASK
1/2 banana (yep, that's it)
Mash it up, spread it on a clean face. Let sit for 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Spray face with some rosewater toner and voila!
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