|Your kitchen is loaded with beauty ingredients such as cocoa powder.|
I love experimenting with ingredients in my kitchen for beauty purposes, especially when they sometimes can outperform their commercial counterparts. My DIY cocoa anti-aging mask recipe that I have for you today is truly a winning one for its complexion benefits to clear and renew aging skin.
For one, cocoa is full of antioxidants that help the body internally as well as externally due to its flavonoids for protecting the complexion from free radical damage and aiding the skin’s density.
Another ingredient in this recipe is honey. With its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it can heal and calm while also holding in the skin’s natural moisture being a humectant as well.
Sour cream is also what you’ll notice that I put in here for its lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid, for doing its part in gentle exfoliating and stimulating new cells to emerge. You also can substitute with plain yoghurt, if you care to.
I also turned to oatmeal because it also has wonderful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Finally, I used a bit of a ripe avocado for its rich storehouse of fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals.
I hope the next time that you’re in the mood to indulge your complexion that you’ll try this mask because it erases dullness and brings out a remarkable glow. You also might want to try my DIY illuminating mask that I am very fond of as well.
DIY Cocoa Anti-Aging Beauty Mask
1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (the darker the powder the better)
1/4 cup of honey
2 tablespoons of sour cream or plain yoghurt
2 teaspoons of finely ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon of mashed avocado
You will need to take out your food processor or blender to grind the raw oatmeal into a fine powder.
Once done, measure the rest of the ingredients into a bowl or container along with the oats and mix together.
Apply to your clean face and relax in private. You will want to be alone because your family will mock your face.
Give the mask about 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
Close the pores with tepid water, then dry.