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Homemade Exfoliating Face Mask

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Every once in awhile, your face needs a good exfoliating scrub! Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leaving the new skin clean, exposed and glowing. Exfoliating keeps skin issues at bay while creating a smoother surface that leaves your skin more receptive to moisturizing, lotions, and makeup. While it is possible to over-exfoliate, a weekly treatment will maintain smooth skin and a beautiful glow. :-)

The first time I tried this exfoliating face mask, it was right after having what they call a “skin resurfacing procedure” at my dermatologist’s office. Which is really just a lovely way of saying it was a chemical peel. I know, sounds incredibly vain doesn’t it? Well, I am in my 50’s now, so I think I’ve earned the right to have a few vanity procedures done if I’m so inclined! Dontcha think? ;-)

Since I’d never done anything like this, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It wasn’t too bad, but there was a light, persistent, peeling. The nice esthetician who worked on me gave me a teeny, tiny sample bottle of a face mask that she said I would really want to use on day 4. Well, I used the entire 1/2 teaspoon in the sample jar and wasn’t all that impressed. Since a full-sized jar was around $28.00, I decided I could do better making something on my own.

I thought of this Yogurt and Honey face mask recipe from my friend Jodi that I posted back in July of 2012. Jodi runs a salon in my town called Mind Ur Beeswax and is a Master Esthetician herself. She has all kinds of great skin care ideas! But as much as I loved this recipe, I was looking for something to exfoliate. So I decided to doctor up Jodi’s original recipe a little bit and came up with this Super Exfoliating Mask that worked wonders on my scaly face!

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Super Exfoliating Mask


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Mix all the ingredients together in a small container and apply to face (this is enough for one thickly-applied face mask.) Gently work the mixture into your skin in a circular motion, then allow the mask to dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with water, again using a circular motion for more exfoliating action.

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  • The baking soda in this recipe provides the exfoliation as it gently scrubs away dead skin.
  • The honey naturally hydrates the skin and is rich in antioxidants and has anti-microbial properties.
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin.
  • Cinnamon has a warming effect on the skin which brings fresh, oxygen-rich blood to the surface to kill bacteria and detoxify the skin and gives a healthy rosy glow.

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Here is the before and after – major improvement in the flaky skin department!

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And my skin was glowing (OK, maybe it was a little more than a glow) from the cinnamon. My cheeks and nose were quite rosey after I washed the mask off, but it faded quickly.

After applying some makeup, I was really pleased with the results! My makeup went on much smoother and easier without all the peeling to contend with. So nice!

What’s your favorite skin-care treatment?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I have done this before, I am doing again tonight ! I ‘m going to see Huey Lewis and The News in concert and I want to look my best at 45 years old lol.

  • As always, you’re very much appreciated for all that you share with us.

    I can’t wait to try this! If it makes my skin look even half as beautiful as yours does, I’ll be one happy girl!

    Thank you, honey! You’re the best!

  • I’ve tried a face mask recipe very similar to this one, and ran it by my dermatologist. If it’s helpful, he mentioned that you need to ingest milk to get benefits for your skin. I do my mixture just with cinnamon and honey, and oh man, it does wonders! It also smells amazing! It’s great for my acne-prone skin, since honey is antibacterial. I do like the idea of mixing it with the vitamin E oil and milk to keep its texture from being too “gooey.”

  • Sorry, just have to say that using cinnamon is probably not a good idea. It does cause vasodilation, as does other “natural” things like mint and tumeric. For people with sensitive skin or mild Roseacea, this could be quite a problem.

    • I love using powdered goats milk or powdered coconut milk in my face masks! It just makes your skin a bit more silky smooth. And coming up with new and different masks is always fun!!
      I’m so glad I came across your blog a few months ago, it’s been great and is making me try new things!! Thanks for that!!

      • I have oily skin and get these little blackheads on my nose. I’m going to try and make my own astringent toner (taken from The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils handbook for everyday wellness – Nerys Purchon and KLiora Cantele). Here it is:
        Makes about 2 oz (60 ml) – 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) unpasteurized liquid honey, 2 drops cypress essential oil, 1 drop palmarosa essential oil, 8 tsp (40 ml) distilled or filtered water, 3 tsp (15 ml) witch hazel hydrolat (alcohol free). In a 2 oz glass bottle, combine honey and the essential oils. Agitate to mix. Add water and witch hazel and shake to blend. Pour a little Astringent Toner on a damp cotton pad (I’ll use the witch hazel to dampen). Put over the skin after steaming or cleansing. My thoughts are to put the essential oils in the facial mask – ok?

  • My daughter has very sensitive skin, and has suffered with acne for years. She has tried almost everything, even prescription and still is suffering. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Both of us, I’m in my 60s always try using homemade remedies and also cruelty free products.

  • I was at my daughter’s track meet this weekend and even though I had a sun visor on, I got burnt. Now my chin is itchy and peeling like crazy. Do you think this would work on it?

  • Your recipe is ingenious. I, too have found a way to deal with all my skin problems. I usually use raw oats soaked in regular yogurt for a half hour or so. Then when it is a goopy mess, I add a small amount of honey along with a tiny drop of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (the oil is just to make me feel better, not sure if it helps or not.)

    It becomes messy as it dries but I still feel its worth the effort.

    I suffer from dry skin, eczema and rosacea and have found that this helps to soothe my skin and replenish it as well.

  • I don’t really do anything special for my skin. I have in the hot summer months put a thin layer of milk of magnesia under my oily skin before I do my makeup in the hot summer months. It helped a little with me being able to keep my makeup from running down my face because of the humidity.

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