I took a poll on facebook last week asking the question, "If a certain DIY mask worked really well, but temporarily dyed your skin yellow (washed off with soap AND was covered up by makeup), would you still want the recipe for it?"
Most of the responses were a definite desire for the mask. But then, a really amazing blogger who I literally *just* started following about two weeks ago used a superstar ingredient that inspired me to change my original recipe and solved the staining problem. I decided to share both recipes, since the first is still effective and requires less ingredients.
TURMERIC ANTI-ACNE MASK
4 tablespoons clay*
2 tablespoons turmeric**
5 drops tea tree oil
*I used european green clay since it's pretty standard and can be found in most health food stores, but I also really like my french pink. Feel free to use any clay that you + your skin are comfortable with.
** I purchase organic turmeric from the spice section at Target (archer farms brand) for about $3/bottle.
Let's talk about the staining. I felt like it left a yellow cast on my skin. A family member spoke at length with me in natural lighting (makeup free) and later claimed he hadn't noticed it at all. I definitely could see it. My covergirl aquasmooth foundation covered it up and at night when I washed my face, the stain was gone.
|The mask is halfway dried in this photo. My pink robe is pretty hot, amiright??|
When I mixed the turmeric in with this mask- it did NOT stain my skin at all. Activated charcoal really is as awesome as she says for not only detox, but also destroying bacteria. And it's true that it's brilliantly helpful for cysts beneath the skin. It draws the buggers right out. I hesitated to use activated charcoal because it isn't as readily available as the other ingredients, but it can be purchased from amazon HERE for about $8.50/4 oz if you'd like to try this out.
SUPER DETOX MASK
2 tablespoons clay*
1.5 tablespoons activated charcoal
3 tsp turmeric**
5 drops tea tree oil
*again, see the footnote up top about clay
** I changed the quantity of turmeric since the activated charcoal is so potent.
I've been using the masks this week to help out with a recent dairy encounter. I'm allergic to casein in cow's milk and my skin always reacts with painful cysts when I'm exposed to it. These masks have been awesome at restoring my skin's clarity without over-drying. If you're feeling really intense, try using just turmeric and water to make a mask, it will certainly stain your skin but may really be helpful as well!
All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!
** as with all masks/face products, spot check first to see how your skin tolerates the mask. These are both very strong and can cause irritation/redness in sensitive skin.