I am going to admit: I used to be somewhat of a beauty product addict. I have sensitive skin that has gone through its fair share of changes throughout the years. I went from slightly oily or acne prone skin to a more drier and delicate skin that requires a little bit more attention. But after trying numerous products on the market, I have come to notice that some things are better made in your kitchen and I love a beauty concoction that can address a couple of skin symptoms at once. These straightforward and lovely smelling ice cube facials are just one of these things that I always have in my freezer, and that quickly changes your skin to a soft, peach-like complexion.
I like to apply one of these ice cube facials after a hard workout. It immediately calms my skin and reduces any redness. But it also shrinks pores and tightens the skin. If you have the time to leave the creamy white consistency on and apply as a facial mask, it will also hydrate your face and make it incredibly soft.
Gently rub one ice cube onto a clean face until completely melted. The warmth of your skin will dissolve the ice cube and create a creamy white mask that you then immediately wash off or leave on for 10 to 30 minutes—to soothe and moisturize the skin.
I use three simple ingredients that I often employ separately to either cleanse my skin or tackle a particular skin problem. But combined, they can get you maximum skin benefits.
I love Probiotic yogurt to soothe sunburned skin or to make an exfoliation mask—the lactic acid bacteria in probiotic yogurt gently remove dead skin cells. Combined with a little olive oil, raw honey or coconut oil, it becomes a beautiful hydration mask that makes your skin super soft.
Fresh basil is no doubt one of my favorite herbs to use in the kitchen. But besides its many antioxidants and essential oils, it is mostly known in my house as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herb when it comes to using it on your skin. It soothes red skin irritations or even skin breakouts. I love to use shredded basil in my skincare regimen when it needs extra attention after a workout, I am tired, or suffer from minor acne. It also gives these mini-facials a pleasant aromatic smell.
How to make them:
Use the following ingredients to make about 25 single-use facials:
- 1 cup probiotic yogurt (I love the organic Bulgarian yogurt from White Mountain Foods). Don’t use conventional yogurt or Greek yogurt. You want fermented yogurt that only contains two ingredients (milk and cultures) and contains live probiotic cultures (like L.acidophilus, L.Bulgaricus, S.Thermophilus, B.Bifidum) without any sweeteners, thickeners or artificial hormones. Bulgarian yogurt from White Mountain is a great organic option that is readily available in all stores and locally made in Austin, Texas.
- One loose cup fresh basil leaves
- One teaspoon coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
Place the oil and the basil leaves in a blender and loosely blend to shred the basil and release their oil. Transfer to a bowl and combine everything well with the yogurt. Place in small ice cube trays and freeze.