October 6, 2014

{diy} chlorella honey face mask

DIY chlorella honey face mask from life in blush

This past weekend, while I was shopping in one of my favourite health food stores, I realized that my third favourite thing to do in the kitchen (after concocting various superfood smoothies and baking vegan sweets) is to try and develop interesting face mask recipes. Ever since I reviewed the Naya Raw Greens face mask (here) I’ve been obsessed with the idea of using an algae ingredient to help give nutrients back to my skin, in addition to drawing out impurities, and with that in mind I picked up a bag of chlorella powder before heading to the check-out.

chlorella honey face mask

>>ingredients>>

>>directions>>

Mix the chlorella and colostrum powders together first in a small bowl and then add the raw honey. Depending on how thick you like your masks you may not need to add the the full 1/2 tbsp of spring water so add it slowly until you get your desired consistency. Lastly add the frankincense essential oil (I personally love the blend from Living Libations). Leave it on your face for about 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with tepid water.

This recipe should make enough for 3-4 masks so store any used amount in an air-tight container in the fridge.

DIY chlorella honey face mask from life in blush_close

(just look at how gorgeous that emerald green colour is!)

>>about the ingredients>>

  • raw honey – natural antioxidant that has anti microbial properties and can absorb impurities from your pores.
  • chlorella – a single celled, fresh-water aquatic plant (that may be the oldest life form on earth) is rich in amino acids and antioxidants and is a superstar in detoxifying the skin. It also contains  beta carotene, which is valuable nutrition for the skin, helps to improve circulation and firm and tone the skin. 
  • colostrum – nature’s ‘first food’ contains all essential amino acids, fatty acids and glyconutrients; it’s also supercharged with 97 immune factors and 87 growth factors that have been known to enhance rejuvenation and cell regeneration.
  • frankincense –  used for thousands of years in rejuvenating masks by ancient Egyptians, and renowned for its healing properties, it’s traditionally used to treat scars, lighten sun spots and nourish dry and aging skin -because it promotes regeneration of healthy skin cells. Its euphoric properties also make it a great ‘aromatherapy’ addition to any mask.

What was the verdict? My skin felt smoother and happier (right now I’m going through a frustrating bout of tiny bumps and breakouts on my cheek/jaw), so much so that I’m adding this recipe into my archives of skin saviour masks.

tina fey

  • I looooove frankincense. I’ve been using a make-up remover melt and pure frankincense water by Balm Balm for months now and I gotta say it DOES soothe the skin, and the smell calms the mind… or maybe the soul.
    Is it too blasphemous to say it feels like an absolution granted to my skin?

    • Not in ma books lady! I’m currently working on a recipe for a face oil that uses frankincense and my new favourite, black cumin seed oil. I’ll be sure to share if it’s a success!

      • ah, black cumin seed oil! our “favourite” corporate death star has tried to get patents on that, did you know? shhhht.
        I’m using a black cumin seed oil soap (po-free), it’s just brilliant with my konjac spongies.

        • Aaawhaaaa? Nestle wants to patent water and now this? *mutters choice words under breath*

          • *mechanical voice*
            All your planet is belongs to us.

      • Can’t wait! Your alchemy prowess puts me in aaaaaaawwwwwww 😉

  • My mom gave me a bag of Chlorella, or it could have been Spirulina… Anyway, it was green powder! I tried using it in smoothies, but the taste is just too awful, so my trick to use it up is by using it as a facial mask blended with honey 🙂
    I also do that with maca powder because it wasn’t tasty at all >.<
    I don't know if it has any affect, but it's something I tell myself that it does 😉
    Also, I will now try it with some colostrum! Thanks for the tip!

    • I love maca powder in my smoothies! But you’re right it does have a distinct taste, which is probably not everyone’s jam. It’s such a super food though that I’m sure your skin is reaping benefits from it 🙂 When you try a mask with colostrum let me know what you think! xx

  • You come up with the best DIY masks that are so versatile and beneficial for the skin. I can’t wait to try this one out. Maybe I can wear it when handing out candy on Halloween. 😉

    • Ahh thank you!!! And I totally support you wearing this mask to pass out candy. It’s so dark green in colour once it’s on that you can tell the kiddies that you’re in the initial stages of becoming the Hulk 😉

  • Thank you for sharing this! I love Chlorella as a food supplement, it’s simply fantastic product…but I will definitely try this recipe, I have a feeling that my skin will like it! xx
    Genya

    • Hey Genya! It’s incredible how many internal and external benefits chlorella has that I can’t believe I’m just discovering it now. Let me know if you try out this recipe and what you think! xx