Instead of going to the store to buy face masks and scrubs, why not make your own using ingredients like sugar, lemon juice, raw agave, avocado and turmeric? We love using whole foods on our face! Here are some favorite plant-based beauty treatments from the blog Rawkin It Vegan Style.
Lemon Sugar Scrub
This is pure face love. Honestly, I do this a couple times a week and get such wonderful results. My skin becomes soft, smooth, glowing and exfoliated…AND my skin brightens up. Why, you ask? This simple face scrub is made up of only two ingredients: sugar (organic, non white sugar preferably) and lemon juice.
The sugar not only exfoliates, but also is a humectant, which allows moisture from the air and your body to be ‘sealed’ into your skin. Plus, the lemon juice is filled with vitamin C, a best friend for your skin. It also exfoliates with its citric acid and helps lighten any discoloration, age spots, blemishes and fine lines.
• Sugar (fine crystals of organic sugar)
• Lemon juice (enough to make a thick paste)
In a bowl, combine the ingredients, then gently scrub your damp face for a minute or two. Yes it will feel rough, but the end result will be worth it. Yes, even scrub your lips! Mmm, it will taste like lemonade! Cool! Then, rinse your face and pat dry. Your skin will be rosy, soft, smooth and glowing. You’re gorgeous, darling!
Raw Cacao Face Mask
Caffeine is your friend when you put it on your face! The caffeine from the raw cacao tightens your skin and the cacao itself has skin friendly antioxidants. Sweet! This mask also contains, ground oats, lemon juice and agave. The oats help to scrub away dead skin cells and help your skin retain moisture. The lemon is high in vitamin C and citric acid, and the agave is a great moisturizer and holds all the ‘mask’ ingredients together.
• Raw Cacao Powder
• Organic Oats, ground in blender, or coffee grinder
• Lemon Juice
• Raw Agave
- In bowl, combine equal amounts cacao powder and ground oats.
- Mix in juice of 1/2 lemon. Add enough agave to create paste.
- Apply to clean face, gently scrub and get all the areas of you face….even your neck if ya want. Now, go chill out for about 20 minutes. Sip on some tea, meditate, and try not to lick your face!
- Now, once the mask has ‘dried’ and you find that you are ready to wash it off. Well, then, wash your lovely face! Your face should be tight, glowing and radiant. Apply your fav moisturizer (mine is Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) and Voila!
This one is great for dry skin. Avocado has tons of healthy fats and Omega fatty acids to help your moisturize. The Orange juice has Citric acid, to help exfoliate and replenish your skin with vitamin C. The Extra Virgin Olive oil is wonderful and has the same beautiful natural healthy fats, like the avocado. The turmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. If you don’t mind looking green for the next 20 minutes, give this baby a try.
• 1 Avocado, mashed.
• Orange juice, a good squeeze or about 6-7 drops
• Turmeric, just a pinch
• 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In bowl mix/mash the ingredients together. Apply mash to face and neck. Go lie down and relax for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Mmmm, beautiful skin!
This recipe couldn’t be easier. Just simply grate some cucumber and smooth it on clean skin. Apply a warm damp towel over your face (and cucumber mask) and go lay down and relax for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Here’s what I do
• Grate 1 Cucumber
• 1 warm damp towel
Apply it to your face and neck if desired. Relax with a warm towel over your face. Rinse off.
*Don’t forget to sip on some Cucumber juice while you are at it. Cucumbers have beautifying silicon and chlorophyll. They are refreshing and alkaline.
Oh bananas…beautiful, healthy, potassium-filled bananas. I love them! Bananas for a face mask? Why yes, of course! They are great for dry skin. They are filled with vitamin C, and biotin is an important B vitamin for you skin, hair and nails.
Here’s what I do.
• 1 very ripe Banana
• 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mash the banana and olive oil in bowl. Apply to clean face. Yes it will be gloopy. Now, you can, either do two things – after you place the mask on, you can cover you banana face with paper or tissue and then top it with a warm damp towel. Or, nix that messy idea and just go chill out, with your sexy banana face, on the couch for about 15-20 min. When you’re ready, go wash your beautiful face with lukewarm water. Then moisturize with your favorite moisturizer. Mine is Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, of course!
Images’ source: Rawkin It Vegan Style