Okay, this was too much fun! Walker and I did an instagram LIVE video together making this hydrating face mask. Since I already had my face “on”, we put it on Walker’s face. Plus, I just thought it would be more fun to put it on him – he’s always a good sport!

I’m a huge fan of face masks and do them once per week. My preference is always for hydrating masks — great way to prevent premature wrinkles!

Walker tied my apron on his head to protect his lovely curls, as you can see by this cute photo. 

Let’s talk about the actual ingredients of this amazing mask! The star ingredient is obviously the fermented Aloe by New Chapter. When you consume this superfood powder (yes, it’s edible), like you would if you added it to a smoothie, the nutrients are more bioavailable because it’s fermented. But in this case, we are putting it on our face. There are still so many benefits to reap though! 

Now if you don’t have this ingredient on hand, you can order it on Amazon. Failing that, you can crack open a stem of your aloe plant and squeeze out that wonderfully nourishing gel.

Aloe dates back thousands of years when the ancient Egyptians refered to it as the “plant of immortality”.

Here’s why I included aloe in this face mask:

  • It moisturizes and soothes the skin. 
  • It’s safe on all skin types including dry, oily and combination skin.
  • It’s wonderful for preventing premature aging because it contains antioxidant-rich nutrients including vitamin C and vitamin E, plus beta-carotene. These nutrients protect the skin from free radicals. Free radicals damange the DNA of skin cells making them die off sooner which can result in wrinkling skin. 

The next ingredient is grass-fed Sheep’s milk yogurt. Now you can just use whatever yogurt you have on hand but the less processed, the better. Kefir is also great (even more lactic acid) and coconut yogurt (make your own!) if you want to avoid dairy. There are lots of options!

Here’s why i included yogurt in this face mask:

  • The lactic acid bacteria in the yogurt dissolves dead skin cells. 
  • This bacteria also helps to smooth and exfoliate skin. 
  • Yogurt is a wondeful source of zinc which has skin cell regenerative properties.

The final ingredient in this hydrating face mask is honey. I used Manuka Honey, but any local honey will do as long as it’s unpasteurized. Manuka honey is reported to have more therapeutic benefits than any other kind of honey. However, that may just be due to the fact that there haven’t been enough studies on other types of honey. 

Here’s why I included honey in this face mask:

  • Honey is a natural hydrator (aka humectant). It attracts and holds moisture to the skin.

Here’s the recipe for my DIY Hydrating Face Mask!

  • 1 tbsp organic yogurt*
  • 1/2 tsp New Chapter fermented aloe
  • 1 tsp unpasteurized honey
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, aloe and honey.

*I used Sheep’s milk yogurt because that’s what I had but you could use a non-dairy alternative like coconut yogurt too.

To apply the mask, with a damp face and clean hands, spoon the mask mixture on to your fingers and apply it to your face. Let it rest on your face for 10 to 15 minutes.

If you want to continue on the DIY beauty care train, I recommend you pick up a copy of my Natural Beauty Guide which has 14 DIY beauty recipes. Just think, you can look as beautiful as Walker does in the photo above (haha!). Just kidding. You are a natural beauty, with or without a face mask, but I can promise you, you will love all of the recipes and information in this guide!

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of this face mask!

If you end up making it, I would love if you could take a photo and tag me @joyoushealth and #joyoushealth so I can see your glowing face and skin!

Have a joyous rest of your week!

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