Go look in your pantry and your fridge. No, really, go ahead, we’ll wait…
Chances are you found a lot of the ingredients used in many do-it-yourself face masks… Remember? The kind you used to smear on at sleepovers when you were a teenager? Great DIY face masks have come a long way, and many are superheroes when it comes to exfoliation.
Exfoliating is one of the most essential steps in a healthy skin care regimen. It clears away dead skin cells and cleans out pores of dirt and harmful bacteria, paving the way for healthy, natural skin to shine through.
We’re proud to say we’ve designed our LaFlore® Live Probiotic Cleanser to double as an exfoliator- when used correctly, it does everything a traditional exfoliant does, without needing two separate products! But if you want a little “exfoliating bump” in your routine (or you want something fun to do at your next sleepover) we’ve been doing our homework and have found some really simple, effective DIY exfoliating masks you can create and use at home:
Orange, Aloe, and Yogurt Mask
The lactic acid found in plain yogurt (no low-fat, please) works as an excellent exfoliant, cleansing surface dirt, and dead skin cells. Orange juice (freshly squeezed, nothing from a carton, please) contains vitamin C and citric acid, brightening skin, and fighting free-radicals to help repair environmental damage. (As a side note, our Live Probiotic Serum Concentrate has the same capability, feel free to add or substitute for orange juice if you like). Aloe vera is added to nourish and soothe the skin.
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons juice freshly squeezed from an orange, with the pulp
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Stir together until thoroughly blended. Apply to the face using circular motions. Let dry for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Milk, Oatmeal, and Cinnamon Mask
Like yogurt, milk contains lactic acid, useful for cleansing and removing dead skin cells. Oatmeal naturally soothes and softens, and cinnamon fights free-radical damage and detoxifies.
- 1 tablespoon whole rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Mix together until the texture is smooth and without clumps. Apply and let sit for 20 minutes. While rinsing, thoroughly massage in gentle, circular motions until clean.
Baking Soda and Honey Mask with Vitamin E, Cinnamon, and Milk
Particularly useful for exfoliating dull, dry skin– this mask uses baking soda to remove dead skin cells gently. Honey is naturally antibacterial and is loaded with antioxidants. It also hydrates beautifully by drawing moisture into the skin and acts as a barrier to lock it in. The antioxidants in Vitamin E repairs damaged skin and is a key anti-aging ingredient. Cinnamon increases oxygen flow and detoxifies, creating a healthy glow.
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons milk
Combine in a bowl. Apply generously, the mixture should be thick, and massage into the skin. Dry for 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
You may have noticed that the ingredients in these masks match those in the products in our Live Probiotic Skincare line. We’ve harnessed the power of natural antioxidants, pro-biotics, and gentle natural acids like citric acid in LaFlore® Live Probiotic Serum Concentrate, LaFLore® Live Probiotic Daily-Defense Moisturizer, and LaFlore® Live Probiotic Cleanser.
We don’t always have the time and grocery list to whip up these masks at home, so we at LaFlore® have worked to incorporate these natural ingredients into our line of Live Probiotic skincare. Our Probiotic Cleanser harnesses the power of gentle natural acids like citric acid to exfoliate. The Probiotic Serum Concentrate contains the powerful antioxidants found in vitamins C and A, and our Live Probiotic Daily-Defense Moisturizer protects skin with healthy probiotics. Together, they work to leave skin healthy, glowing, and smooth.
It just goes to show- mother nature really does know best when it comes to beauty!