Are you craving sweets and snacking uncontrollably in quarantine? While food is a good way to nourish our skin, a chocolate face mask may be just what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth and treat your skin at the same time. Face masks can help revive our tired skin in trying times and boost our self-care routines. Chocolate also has a reputation for improving our moods and soothing the soul. In this article, we’ll share our recipe of the month and show you how to make the chocolate face mask of your dreams.
For this delicious chocolate face mask, you’ll need:
- 4g Glycerin (Mayca used vegetable glycerin)
- 2g Cocoa powder (should be pure with nothing added)
- 1g Reishi power
- 1g Green coffee seed extract
- 2g Kaolin (white) clay
- 1 drop of Geranium essential oil
This recipe also works well for a body wrap as it’s quite versatile. The smell will be amazing, but remember that you can’t eat this skin-loving treat!
Properties of the Ingredients
Here we’ll explore the benefits of the chocolate face mask ingredients.
Glycerin helps improve the texture of face masks and provides great consistency. When it comes to your skin, vegetable glycerin can help soften, soothe, and smooth your complexion. As its pH is close to that of human skin, glycerin is gentle enough to cleanse without damaging skin or clogging pores. Vegetable glycerin even has the power to reduce the appearance of fine lines and regenerate the skin. It also helps improve the absorption of other active ingredients in a cosmetic product.
Filled with plenty of antioxidants, cocoa powder is a superfood that fights free radicals and signs of ageing. Cocoa powder can work to repair our skin by reducing inflammation, redness, and evening out our complexions. Alongside brighter, smoother skin, this superfood also helps nourish the skin and improve its elasticity. Since cocoa powder contains theobromine and caffeine, it helps revive the skin, leaving it toned and firm. That makes this chocolate face mask ideal for treating puffy skin or under-eye bags.
One of the many potent healing mushrooms in the world, Reishi has earned itself quite a reputation in holistic skincare. Reishi contains lots of polysaccharides that help the skin hydrate and retain water. Polysaccharides are central to our skin’s ability to repair and renew itself. This powerful mushroom also contains antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties. Reishi can help fight puffiness and boost cell turnover, keeping your skin looking healthy longer.
Green Coffee Seed Extract
Believed to be used for centuries in Brazil, this extract has a long history as a natural beauty treatment. Green coffee seed extract has high levels of Vitamin E, sterols, and essential fatty acids which combine to provide antioxidant and anti-ageing effects. Of course, this extract also contains plenty of caffeine which is great for reducing puffiness and brightening the skin. Not to mention that green coffee seed extract even has linoleic and oleic acids which naturally moisturise and nourish the skin.
Kaolin is one of the mildest clays out there and is ideal for people with sensitive skin, but works well for all skin types. Clay is a natural detoxifier, as well as a gentle exfoliator so it’s well-suited to this chocolate face mask. This clay may even help tone your skin through stimulating your cells, controlling oiliness, and improving your complexion. While it’s a mighty clay, kaolin works delicately to soothe irritated skin and calm skin suffering from rashes or bug bites.
Geranium Essential Oil
While this chocolate face mask only has one drop of geranium essential oil, it’s still nice to know what that one drop can do. This essential oil has a sweet, floral scent that is uplifting, combats stress, and soothes the mind. In terms of skincare, geranium essential oil is reputed for its ability to naturally remove dead skin cells, tighten the skin, and boost skin regeneration. As a medicine, this fragrant oil possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory abilities, plus it helps boost immunity, reduce menstrual and menopausal symptoms, and improve circulation.
Crafting Your Chocolate Face Mask
Once you have all of your ingredients weighed out, you can begin making your chocolate face mask. To ensure that you have the best consistency, add your ingredients one by one into the glycerine. Make sure that you are constantly stirring the mixture to provide a smooth texture. Your mask shouldn’t be runny, but more creamy like a yummy chocolate spread. Apply this mask to your face with a clean brush and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Practising self-care at home in times like these is vital to your health. Using this healing chocolate facemask, you’ll be able to naturally boost your skin’s appearance and reclaim some of your personal time. If you are searching for more natural skincare resources, consider taking up soapmaking with the help of WapoBeauty’s Soapmaking eBook, now available at fraction of its original price. For guided learning, check out WapoBeauty’s Complete Facial Skincare Online Course for Beginners and discover how to make professional, safe, and stable natural beauty products. Join the ranks of students who found this class valuable and rewarding!
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Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni