Dan: I do love chocolate, but perhaps quite not enough to wear it on my face like QuirkyChic‘s Carol! Let her take you through a recipe that’s both beauty treatment and DIY Halloween makeup!
You must be wondering what is up with the brownish paste on my face. If you think it is mud, guess again. Taking inspiration from Dan’s Cupcakes of Lost Souls in celebration of Halloween, I decided to do a DIY chocolate face mask using the same base ingredient, cocoa powder.
While we are familiar with chocolate being a soother for bad moods and a means to help lower our blood pressure, not many of us are aware of the goodness that chocolate does to our face and skin. Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans which are a great source of polyphenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains fats and butters which are great for moisturising your skin while helping it fight signs of aging. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 1 banana
- 3 tsp oatmeal powder
Aside from cocoa, I’ve added banana because it gives the mixture a creamier texture so it adheres more easily to your face. Bananas are also good for sensitive complexions as they soothe and moisturise the skin really well. Also, milk contains lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxyl acid, or AHA, which helps to remove the dead skin cells so you get a multi-tasking face mask that soothes, hydrates and exfoliates all in one!
Step 1: Mix all ingredients together. I used a blender to get an even consistency but you can always use a mixing bowl and spoon.
Step 2: Apply to face. You can gently massage the mixture into your face as the rough texture of the oatmeal acts as an exfoliant.
Step 3: Leave on for about 10-15 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse off with lukewarm water.
This recipe is good enough for 2-3 applications so be sure to refrigerate the mixture else it will go bad really quickly because of the milk. Be sure to use it up quickly over the next couple of days. The fresher the better!
Feel free to tweak the recipe by playing around with the portions or changing up the ingredients. You can replace milk with yogurt or switch out the banana and add honey. The key is to experiment till you find the right mask for your skin’s needs.