Farmgirl Beauty Secret #61: Customize your masks with herbal/vegetable supplements. ~ Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™
Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets

1/19/10

Farmgirl Beauty Secret #61: Customize your masks with herbal/vegetable supplements.

For those who have read my blog from the very beginning, you may be familiar with Farmgirl Beauty Secret #12: plain yogurt as a daily face pack. This is the mask that broke the perpetual breakout cycle that my hypersensitive skin was in since high school. It also launched my passion for skincare and ingredients, which lead me to creating this blog. Who knew plain o’ yogurt could be so inspirational? My skin gives no indication of its acne-prone past and I’m grateful for that. I still indulge my skin with yogurt mask occasionally. To make it an especially nutritious treat for my skin, I customize the yogurt mask with various supplements. These are tried-and-true supplements that can be added into the yogurt mask or your choice mask for an added skincare boost.

With this type of usage, you want to look for capsules or gel caps, which I've conveniently linked for you below with the best prices I was able to find. Tablet supplements won't mix properly and are ineffective for this purpose. With any type of Do-It-Yourself skincare, adding additional ingredients to another group of ingredients (preserved or not) means it’s no longer preserved properly. As always, mix a single-use batch and use it immediately.
Grape Seed Extract: Not to be confused with grapefruit seed extract, Grape Seed Extract is essentially the seeds of grapes, concentrated in gritty powder form for internal usage. This gives a great antioxidant boost to your skin, which makes it great for all skintypes. Leaves my skin feeling ultra-smooth and somehow stronger against the environment.

Green Tea Extract: Another great antioxidant supplement. This may also have a skin toning and firming effect due to the natural-occuring caffeine in green tea. Smells amazing when mixed with the yogurt mask (like green tea ice cream!) If you are sensitive to caffeine, this would be more suitable during morning masks. Great for oily skintypes.
Olive Leaf Extract: I take Olive Leaf Extract internally and also use it topically so it totally made sense for me to break open one of my olive leaf extract capsules and apply it to my skin. Another great antioxidant and this will be great for acne-prone skin types. Olive Leaf Extract+Yogurt = best mask for completely broken-out skin that has ruptured pimples and has been abused by acne products.
Activated Charcoal: Yes indeed, food-grade charcoal comes in capsule forms to be taken internally! Activated Charcoal is a great toxin absorber and would work well mixed in a clay mask or yogurt mask for extremely oily and acne-prone skin. Keep in mind it’s extremely concentrated. Use just a little bit to avoid black residue (it cleanses off easily with a cleanser in case you are left with black residue). This is also extremely potent.
Flax Seed Oil: As the name implies, it’s an oil. I take Flax Seed Oil daily and it comes in a seamless liquid capsule. This would be wonderful for drier skintypes and may help shield skin from UV rays. Some people do this with vitamin E oil but I prefer flax seed.

Once you make you selection from the supplements above, you’re ready to customize your mask!

To use:
Place a dollop of your mask in the palm of your hand. Open the capsule by pulling the 2 ends of capsule apart. Pour the entire or half of the content on top of the mask dollop, mix with your finger and apply to face. For liquid/softgel capsules (like flax seed oil), pierce one end of the capsule with a clean needle several times and pour content on top of the mask dollop. Proceed accordingly. As always, do a patch test on your cheek or neck to test your skin’s sensitivity and never use any ingredients on your face if you suspect that you may be allergic to those ingredients.


Happy mixing!
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14 comments:

Tanya said...

amazing! i'm trying the grapeseed extract, thanks!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Tanya,

Grape Seed Extract smells great mixed with yogurt too. The whole experience is quite luxurious ;) Let me know how it works out for you!

Farmgirl

Rocaille said...

Great idea, hun! I think I have to get back to your yogurt mask some in a very near future, and maybe do some mixing this time as well :)

Ashwini said...

Ooh its been a while since I did my yogurt/honey/gram flour mask. Will try it again but this time with a supplement!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

HI ladies,

Let me know how you like it and which supplement you like!

Farmgirl

lostsentiments said...

ooohhh - another homerun! :D Love it! :) can't wait to try it :)

as always thank you for sharing your genius :) ;) - awesome.. now.. which to try ;)

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

:D Thanks sweetie! Let me know which is your fave ;)

Farmgirl

Tanveer Parmar said...

I love curd as a face pack. I generally cool it in the fridge and slather it on once a week.

I use low-fat during summers and full fat during winters (the oil in milk really softens) - sometimes i add a spoonful of honey too!

I have added olive leaf extract in the past with curd, but it didn't suit me. Caused a lot of itching & burning sensation :(

But u have a nice blog here with a lot of gr8, gr8 tips :D

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Tanveer!

Thank you so much for the compliment! Wow, I'm sorry you had that experience with Olive Leaf. I still remember that the first time I took Olive Leaf internally, I have a purging reaction when it was detoxifying my body. But your experience doesn't sound like purging at all. It just goes to show that everyone's skin is different and it's important to do a patch test. Thank you so much for pointing that out!

Farmgirl

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

I also love the low-fat/full-fat customization! I do the same :D Although when I was acne-prone, I opt for the non-fat version.

Farmgirl

MilknCookiie said...

Oh wow, I've done some DIY yoghurt masks before, but I didn't know it might make my skin less acne-prone. :O I might as well start doing them more often, haha. Thanks for the tip!

★ Cookiie

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Cookiie,

Everyone's skin is different but it definitely worked for me :D

Farmgirl

ChyiX2 said...

Wow, I feel so enlightened after reading your entry. Will def look into some of the supplements. Thank you!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Wow, I'm so glad to help! ChyiX2, let me know how it works out for you!

Farmgirl