Do you find yourself by December 1st looking at your Google Calendar and feeling the onset of panic? Burning your gluten-free cookies because you’re burning the candle at both ends? Then eating the whole tray of cookies anyway because they feel like a warm blanket when you just “can’t even…”?
Instead, of giving you ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers or continuing the holiday recipe trek into canape valley and the sugar cookie forest, I thought I’d instead dedicate a little time on the blog this month to ways you can chill the fuck out.
For me, the ultimate unwinding activity includes a hot bath with delicious salts and my infuser spewing lavender essential oil on overdrive. But when I’m feeling extra, or when I just want to truly feel like I’m indulging in an evening of self-care instead of doing it on the defense as a simple act of survival, that my friends, is when I put on a face mask.
If you’ve read The Wellness Project book, then you know that one of my goals when switching to natural beauty products was also to break my pattern of being a complete product junkie. For the most part, I’ve kept that promise to myself. I still only use a handful of organic skincare products and natural makeup. But where I have experimented, and experimented extensively, is in the natural face mask department.
Below I’ve listed some of my favorite organic face mask products (and your recommendations that you sent me!) that cover a variety of needs like acne, dry skin and . Please don’t be alarmed by its extensiveness, or feel you need to add them all to your shopping cart at once. These face masks have gotten me through hundreds of baths over the years, and I usually only have one or two on hand at any given time.
For those even more committed to shedding their product junkie status, I’ve also put together a comprehensive list of some of the best DIY face masks from my favorite natural goddesses around the web. These homemade face mask recipes can be whipped up with just a few simple ingredients from your kitchen, and will give you a double dose of pleasure on nights when you want to feel productive, but just want to sit in some warm water and forget all your responsibilities and end of year performance reviews.
Read on for the best DIY face masks to give yourself some love this holiday season, and my favorite natural face mask brands for when even mixing together a few ingredients feels stressful.
Blackberry Basil Healing Mask
Not only is Lily Diamond one of my favorite plant-focused cooks, she’s also my go-to when it comes to using herbs, fruits and flowers in natural face masks. In this healing face mask, basil reduces inflammation and irritation, honey provides powerful anti-aging and antibacterial properties, and blackberries offer gentle exfoliation through fruit acid. Also how beautiful is the above picture she took?
Matcha Green Tea Mask
Matcha, in addition to being antioxidant morning fuel, is an excellent ingredient for the skin, reducing inflammation and evening skin tone. According to Katie Wells, also known as The Wellness Mama, the antioxidants may also be helpful for reducing acne and increasing skin elasticity.
Honey Turmeric Face Mask
Turmeric is an extraordinarily anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, antibacterial and anti-aging ingredient, all of which makes it excellent for a DIY face mask. Many women in ancient cultures use a mixture of turmeric and sunflower oil on their skin to brighten complexions. While it won’t stain your skin the way it does your kitchenware, be careful about towels and pillowcases!
Apple Cider Oatmeal Mask
Another one of Lily’s dreamy concoctions, this mask has fall written all over it. For those not familiar with Apple Cider Vinegar in skincare, the acid protects the surface of your face from bacteria and damage by restoring the PH, which often gets thrown off by using harsh, alkalizing soaps and other chemicals.
Refreshing Mint and Aloe Face Mask
Perhaps better for warmer months, this face mask is like a natural mojito for your face! It brings a cool, calming energy to the skin and is perfect on mild sunburns, as a weekly hydration treatment, or when it’s too damn hot to do anything else. It was also formulated by one of my favorite face fairies, Jessa Blades.
Charcoal Mask for Blackheads and Breakouts
Are you familiar with the black face masks that are taking the internet by storm? Well this is your own homemade natural version. Charcoal is one of my favorite star ingredients for pulling impurities out of the body, and that’s one reason it’s so great for breakouts and acne.