hey crunchies! today i have something i’m very excited to share with you (and i hope you’re excited about what it does!). i gave you a little teaser on instagram, but it definitely looked like some sort of melted ice cream. haha!
it’s an exfoliating face mask that also:
- removes dirt and other impurities without drying your skin out
- has antibacterial and probiotic properties
- evens skin tone
- heals current blemishes
- balances skin pH
- reduces appearance and heals acne scars
- lessens inflammation
- balances oily and dry skin
- is suitable for all skin types
it’s pretty great i think. it’ll make your face feel oh-so-soft and perfectly moisturized!
what’s in it:
- MSM powder – contains sulfur, which heals current breakouts, reduces acne scars, lessens inflammation, and exfoliates your face.
- pure aloe vera gel – heals current blemishes, balances oily and dry skin.
- raw honey – has antibac properties, evens skin tone, heals current blemishes, reduces acne scars, and balances oily and dry skin.
- organic kefir – has probiotic properties, heals current blemishes, balances skin pH, lessens inflammation
MSM powder is the star of the show in this exfoliating mask. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur compound that’s found naturally in foods such as raw milk, kale, eggs, and grass-fed beef (among others). it’s very important, as it’s the 3rd largest nutrient found in your body. it works to help your body’s detoxification process, with inflammatory conditions, and produces high amounts of keratin and collagen. MSM helps with joint flexibility, psoriasis, eczema, growing stronger nails, growing thicker/longer hair, balancing blood sugar levels, etc. there are many medical articles surrounding MSM and its benefits (which you should check out!).
most people aren’t getting enough of this nutrient, due to pasteurization of our foods, as well as cooking our veggies. these processes slash MSM contents in food by half! supplementing with MSM powder might be worth discussing with your healthcare professional.
while usually taken internally, MSM is also amazing when applied topically. this face mask is no exception!
how to make:
- grab a regular kitchen spoon and a bowl to mix up your ingredients. you should also find a tiny air-tight container to keep the leftovers in the fridge.
- mix 2 1/2 spoonfuls of MSM powder with 1 1/2 spoonfuls of aloe, 1 spoonful of raw honey, and 1 spoonful of kefir
- mix very well and let it sit for 30 minutes minimum (maybe closer to an hour will be the best). the mix will look very runny now, but it will thicken up. letting it sit will also allow the MSM to dissolve into the aloe, leaving it less gritty, but perfect for exfoliation.
- the mix should be thickened up after 30-60 minutes. you can spoon it into your container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
how to use:
- remove makeup or excess dirt with warm water and a washcloth. pat until almost dry, leaving your face slightly damp.
- using a nickel-sized amount of the mix, gently rub onto your face in tiny circles.
- massage your face with the mix for 1 to 2 minutes.
- let the mix sit on your face for 15-20 minutes, to allow the nutrients to soak in and do their magical work.
- very gently wash the mix off with warm water (and a wash cloth if you need it).
- try not to pet your soft-as-a-baby’s-butt face. it’s hard not to; i know.
this mask can be used 1 to 2 times a week, as long as you’re not using another exfoliator, and as long as you’re gentle with massaging it onto your face.
you should notice immediate results with the texture of your skin, but wait for a few uses to see noticeable improvements in acne/acne scars, skin tone, and other blemishes.
this recipe should stay fresh if kept in an air-tight container and in the fridge for about 2 weeks. if it looks or smells funny, toss it of course!
try this mask out for a few weeks and see how you like it! comment below with your experiences!! :)
is there anything you’d add to this mask?? another mask you love for the same properties? let us hear about it!