The Top 3 Summer Face Masks

The weekend is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and hit the refresh button. Whether yoga and brunch with the girls or finding the perfect glass of rosé in NYC are at the top of your weekend to-do list, but you’ll want to make room for some at-home spa time. Exfoliating, soothing, invigorating, calming – you name it, and these face masks accomplish it. We plugged three of our favorite beauty gurus and boss-babes for their recipes. Find them below; you can thank us later…

DIY Antioxidant Mask

From Jessica Morelli, founder of Palermo Body:

This mask is particularly great for inflamed skin and wonderful to use during a breakout.

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp cacao powder

1/2 tsp turmeric 

2 tsp greek yogurt

1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp honey

Directions:

The antioxidant properties of Cacao and Turmeric help fight the production of free radicals which can reduce signs of aging and additionally treat inflammation. Pairing this duo with greek yogurt offers pore reduction and a gentle firming of the skin from lactic acid. Not to mention the probiotic properties in yogurt have been found to treat skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne. The skin’s natural pH is acidic and maintaining a healthy acid mantle makes you less prone to breakouts and dryness which is the purpose of the apple cider vinegar in this mask. Lastly honey is one of my favorite ingredients to use in masks because it’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and a humectant which helps with moisture absorption. I often add it to our Vitamin C Mask when in need of some additional moisture. 

Clarifying Moringa Mask 

From Emily Cunningham, co-founder of True Moringa

Double the moringa, double the fun! Combine everyone’s favorite new super-green with nature’s most powerful moisturizing oil for a treat for oily, combination, or sensitive skin.   

Ingredients: 

1 cup moringa tea

3 tbsp rice flour 

1 tsp honey 

1 pump True Moringa Oil 

Directions:

Brew yourself a cup of green tea to enjoy while waiting for the mask to dry. Take the tea bag and cut it open and use a spoon to scoop out all of the tea into a small bowl. Add in 3 tbsp of green tea liquid. Moringa is rich in zeatin, a natural plant hormone that helps to stimulate healthy cell growth and delay the aging of cells, and packed with antioxidants to protect against the free radicals that cause breakouts and dull skin. 

Add rice flour and mix well. Not only does rice flour gently exfoliate, cleansing away impurities, it helps to brighten skin and leave it soft and radiant. 

Finish off with honey – a natural antibacterial ideal for blemish prevention – and a few drops of moringa oil. Moringa oil mimics the skin’s natural oil production, making it lightweight, easily absorbed, super hydrating, and ideal for all skin types. 

Mix well and leave on the face for 20 minutes while enjoying your moringa tea. 

Two-ingredient facial mask

from Rachel Winard, founder of Soapwalla

I love the below recipe. It’s a great all-purpose mask. The beauty is that it’s fully customizable, depending on your skin needs. Simply switch out the liquid of choice to focus on desired effect (cream and oil will produce a more moisturizing mask; hydrosol, water and yogurt will be a little more clarifying).  The mask is also a gentle exfoliator – perfect in the summer months to prevent sunblock build-up.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup oat flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill – it’s naturally gluten-free and is finely ground)

1/4 cup baking soda

Directions:

Mix these two ingredients well and store in a closed container.

When you are ready to use, pour about  2 tsp into the palm of your hand or a small bowl. Add enough Balancing Facial Toning Mist to form a paste thick enough to stay put but that can be easily applied.  Using a light touch and gentle sweeping motions, apply to face, neck and decollete. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse off with tepid water. Apply your favorite summer moisturizer and sunscreen, and you’re ready to go!

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