Earlier I launched a series called Face Masks and Tunes where I would share a favorite or new face mask and provide music for your own face mask enjoyment. For Face Masks and Tunes 002, I am going to show you how to make an aloe vera mask using powder from S. W Basics.
S. W. Basics is an amazing line that I reached out to this past summer. Their products are completely natural and I am a huge fan of their branding. They even have a section of their website for "DIYs," which is totally up my alley. The Aloe Vera Powder is actually in the DIY section because it can be used in a variety of way with a combination of products.
The instructions on the back of the package suggest using water until the powder becomes gel-like. You can use this product as spot treatment for stubborn zits or dark marks, as well as a full faced mask. Today, as the title suggests, I'm going to use the powder as a full mask using some of my personal favorite skincare items.
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I was so excited to first try out this mask. I've been looking for aloe vera products all over because I have some real bad acne scarring. You can see how I made my own spot treatment here.
Now let's get into the DIY goodness. Here's a ratio that has worked for me:
- 2 teaspoons of water
- 4 teaspoons of the powder
- a couple drops of tea tree oil
I chose to add tea tree oil because I really like the way it makes my face tingle. Tea tree oil is also excellent for blemishes and scarring, which are my main concerns when it comes to "what's wrong with my skin." There are so many different natural remedies for whatever skin "problems" you have. I say "problems" because it's really nobody's fault for the way that their hormones affect their skin. Yes, diet does play a role in how often your skin breaks out. But I would hate to shame anyone for their skin. It's all natural, your body isn't doing anything wrong.
With that being said, you can modify the mask according to your skin concerns. If you have redness, the aloe vera mask with water alone is perfect for calming inflammation. You might want to consider adding a little bit of honey to your aloe vera mask - although the mask is already gel-like and pasty. If you struggle with blackheads or whiteheads, you might consider using apple cider vinegar in your mask. Should you choose to use ACV, make sure to dilute with water. In other words, you should have about a 3:1 ratio of water to ACV. Witch hazel would also be an awesome alternative for black/whiteheads because it acts as a toner.
Now you just leave that mask on for 10-15 minutes or until you feel like you're ready to take it off. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth and you're good to go! Don't forget to finish with your favorite moisturizer.
I am really loving S. W. Basics, this powder was a huge success. You'll definitely see more of them here.
That's all for today, everyone! Stay tuned for Face Masks and Tunes 003.