Organic superfoods offer an array of health benefits that nourish your body from the inside out. There really is no better feeling than waking up with energy, vibrancy and good health, ready for whatever the day might throw your way. Feeling great is the ultimate confidence boost but half the battle of feeling good comes from being happy in your own skin. Have you ever tried organic superfood ingredients not only in food, smoothies and shakes but also applied externally? What if you could achieve your best complexion naturally by topically applying these same nutrients to your face and body? Our beauty tips are no secret. In fact, they have been inspired by ancient remedies from around the world over many hundreds of years. Unfortunately, however, toxic chemicals have found their way into our much-loved products in an attempt to cut corners and make a quick buck. More often than not, these additives are doing us (and our beautiful environment) more harm than good. We believe that the key to a healthy skin care routine is to understand what’s actually in the ingredients. As a general rule of thumb, the closer it is to its natural form the better it is for you. Here are 5 of our homemade skin masks that will have your skin looking its best.
1. Apply to your skin and leave on for 20 minutes.
2. Wash gently with lukewarm water.
3. Dry your face with a soft towel.
Spirulina Face Mask
This combination is ideal for an oily complexion and includes ingredients that are designed to naturally control oil production and pH. Organic spirulina boasts amazing antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. It also contains chlorophyll which is known to remove heavy metals and impurities in your skin. Oatmeal contains avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin. It is great for removing blemishes as it absorbs oil from the skin's surface.
Turmeric Face Mask
The combination of turmeric powder and Manuka honey is great for acne-prone skin as it helps to reduce inflammation and fight infection. If you have particular blemishes that you are wanting to target, you can also add a tiny dab of tea tree oil directly onto spots after washing this mask off.
Bee Pollen Face Mask
Bee pollen includes collagen-stimulating and healing properties that naturally give the skin a pluming effect. When mixed in a face mask, it is the perfect solution to dry skin, leaving it softer and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Chlorella Face Mask
This mask is great for brightening the skin and leaving you with that real-life glow. Although you may not notice the difference between Spirulina and Chlorella, they do have different properties for your skin. Chlorella contains good fatty acids and when used in a mask, it helps to boost blood vessel health and reduce inflammation and redness. These benefits make it a great face mask to use for people with rosacea and psoriasis.
Matcha Face Mask
Want to slow down the aging process and have plump youthful skin? Well this is the face mask for you! With hydrating healthy fats, powerful antioxidants, vitamins C & A, and a little caffeine, these ingredients make for the ultimate anti-aging mask.
1/4 teaspoon matcha powder
2 small chunks of mashed papaya flesh (or use kiwi instead)
1/4 teaspoon organic coconut oil
All masks are 100% natural and aim to feed your skin with the earths’ most powerful superfood ingredients. They are great for long-term use or even a last minute health boost before an event. We believe in a ‘simpler the better’ approach when it comes to what we put into our bodies and love the fact that you can control what goes into your homemade face masks; try some of the recipes above and notice how each ingredient makes a difference to your skin.
However, if you do decide to stick to your current skincare products, here are a list of the top 10 harmful ingredients you should avoid:
1. Parabens: they can appear in different forms, so here’s what you want to look out for: benzylparaben, butyiparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben
2. Phthalates: they’re often found in anything that misleadingly lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. Stick to products that are scented with essential oils instead.
3. Benzoyl peroxide
7. Petroleum: it hides behind many names, such as: Petrolatum, Xylene, Toluene, Mineral oil, Liquid paraffin
8. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
9. Artificial dyes and synthetic colours
Where to find these superfoods?
You can buy the superfoods listed in our recipes directly from our online UK store. Just click any of the links below.