September 29, 2014

{diy} lavender spice acne mask

lavender spice acne mask by life in blush

Hello blushers! This past weekend in Toronto was absolutely gorgeous with temps hitting as high as 29 Celcius. I was out in shorts and a tank and couldn’t be happier. Well except for a couple of pesky zits that suddenly sprung up out of nowhere and gave me a total wtf moment.

incrduBut rather than obsess over my zits in the mirror (there was a pool and sun-worshipping waiting for me after all) I tapped into my favourite Indian beauty secrets and whipped up a facial mask to rid me of my party-crashers.

>>lavender spice acne mask>>

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 wild turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp dried lavender (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1.5 tbsp liquid honey

(wherever possible try to source organically harvested spices.)


Mix all ingredients together until it’s nice and creamy in texture. Slather on to a clean face and leave for about 15 minutes.

When time’s up be sure to take advantage of the dried lavender and give your face a gentle exfoliation before washing off with tepid water. As you’re washing the mixture off you may start to freak out because you’re face will have a slightly yellow-ish tinge due to the turmeric.

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Stay calm! I promise you that this is a non-issue as long as the mask is thoroughly washed off. Next apply a little facial oil and you’re good to go!

This recipe makes enough for 1-2 applications, depending on how thick you apply it; pop any leftovers into the fridge and use up in about 3-4 days.

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>>about the ingredients>>

  • turmeric: used for centuries in India, it’s perhaps one of the most powerful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent to fight acne. It’s also chalk full of anti-oxidants that attack free radicals to maintain a more youthful looking appearance.
  • cinnamon: antiseptic and anti-bacterial, it also increases blood flow to plump up the skin.
  • nutmeg: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, it unclogs the pores and can reduce scars.
  • cloves: anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help rid the skin of blemishes and annoying zits.
  • honey: natural antioxidant that has anti microbial properties and can absorb impurities from your pores.
  • dried lavender: gently unclogs pores and remove dead skin build up.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend as well!

  • OOh I love a good DIY! Especially for busting those spots too..thanks!

    • I’ve been applying the mask for the past 3 night and have really noticed a difference! The bumpiness on one side of my face is greatly reduced and the blemishes from a couple of zits almost gone 😀 If you try it out let me know what you think! xx

  • Tara

    Love this, Sonja! 🙂 I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for posting this- it couldn’t have come at a better time 😉

    • I posted it with you in mind love! I hope it helps 🙂 xo

  • I love making DIYs! They make feel like a mix between a chemist and a baker. Either way, it’s a lot of fun and this one sounds divine. And I feel you, my skin has been problematic and overall just misbehaving lately.

    • I know right?! I get a little giddy as I mix up various concoctions, wondering how they’re going to turn out. What have you been using to try and get your skin back into line? Happy Monday! xx