It's at least a zillion years since we did a fresh food mask around here. Correction: it's a zillion years since we even did a mask around here.
You think I'm exaggerating? Do a search and see for yourself. The last one was in 2014. That's three (zillion) years ago!
(insert small gasp)
That changes right now!
Do you have a bit of cucumber?
A bit of clay?
You've already got the basics at hand. Let's get busy!
Cucumber FreshThis is a super simple mask that adds extra toning and soothing action due to the secret ingredient: fresh cucumber juice.
You: Fresh cucumber juice? I don't have all kinds of fancy equipment for juicing cucumbers, and I'm not really inclined to use hours on this.
Me: I don't have fancy juicing equipment either and cucumber juice making is really a snap!
- small bowl (I used a single portion ramekin)
- coffee filter or muslin/cheesecloth
Here's how super simple it is to make cucumber juice
Place the coffee filter in your small bowl
Grate about 2-3 tablespoons of cucumber and place into the coffee filter (if you really want to speed things up, grate directly into the filter)
Now, pick the filter up, gently close it so you can squeeze the liquid into the bowl. You don't even need strong hands to do this – honest.
Add about 2 teaspoons of your preferred clay to the cucumber juice.
Tip: Don't stir! If you let the clay absorb the liquid by itself, you'll have a lovely, lump-free texture.
For extra oomph, you can add any (or all) of the following:
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon of olive, avocado, or almond oil
- 3-4 drops essential oil of choice
Use the mask immediately for optimal effect. The mask can be applied with a brush, but you can also use the back of a teaspoon.
Tip: Do not let a clay mask dry on your face. Wet a natural sponge and gently remove the mask when it is about 3/4 dry.
Finish with a spritz of non-alcoholic skin tonic and a few drops of face oil. Then (and this part is really important) check the mirror for the absolute fabulousness that is you.