Summer’s around the corner and while many of us are looking forward to fun, relaxation and travel, the absence of beautiful, radiant skin can be a sore spot for many. Also as temperatures rise, heavy makeup can be challenging to pull off. Therefore fresh, radiant skin should be the ultimate goal. Radiant skin is a great foundation for makeup application and an effective skin care regimen should take priority over investment in tons of expensive sometimes toxic makeup products. The following mask contains coconut milk, cleansing honey/ agave and a few face loving oils, that will leave your skin with a fresh radiant glow.
Coconut milk makes an excellent base for this mask which is great for softening of the skin. Sweet Orange oil adds a fresh scent to your mask making this ideal for morning treatments. Do not worry about the time, just apply to your face while you go about your morning routine and remove with a warm towel. You can choose to make this mask gently exfoliating by adding Jojoba Beads. A little honey adds cleansing and anti bacterial properties. However if you’re a vegan like myself, agave nectar achieves the same results. To achieve a creamy consistency you will need an ingredient such as xanthan gum, which is my favourite. Xanthan Gum turns loose, thin mixtures into creamy consistencies that will stay on your hair and skin.
Beauty Formula : 1 tablespoon aloe vera leaf peeled and chopped, 1/4 cup organic coconut milk, optional, 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey,1 teaspoon jojoba beads 1/8 teaspoon Vitamin E oil, 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum and two drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil.
Formulation Instructions: Blend Aloe vera leaf, coconut milk, and agave nectar until homogenous. Add in xanthan gum and blend for a few seconds until the mixture is thick. Stir in optional jojoba beads (if required), Vitamin E oil and Sweet Orange essential oil.
Directions: Apply about 1 tablespoon of mask on cleansed face. Massage for 1 minute especially around the T Zone and leave on face for 15 minutes. Rinse off mask with warm water and a damp towel.
About the Author: Taymer Mason is a Barbadian trained microbiologist and food scientist. A self-described bookworm growing up she spent her days reading scientific books, writing poetry and painting. In 2010 the vegan chef wrote Caribbean Vegan which is being released as a second edition in November 2016. In 2006 she started making products for her natural hair using Barbadian molasses, wild hibiscus flowers and forest made island oils. This bilingual globe trotter spends her days writing cookbooks on veganism, marketing artisanal small businesses and creating new hair and skin products. For more beauty secrets check out www.taymermason.com