DIY Soothing Chamomile Face Mask
Doesn’t it just feel good to treat yourself now and then? For me, I don’t need much – just a cozy blanket, candlelight, a good book, and some quiet time. Oh, and of course a good DIY face mask to treat my skin while I relax! There’s just nothing better!
There’s something relaxing about making my own face mask, too. It makes me feel so good to use natural ingredients. And it’s easy! Most of the time, I already have everything I need to make a DIY mask at home.
I love this chamomile face mask in particular, because it soothes my skin and is rich in nutrients. To make this recipe at home, you’ll need chamomile tea, honey, and nutritional yeast – and that’s it! Here’s how these ingredients work to benefit your skin:
Chamomile tea is the perfect bedtime companion. While chamomile is typically known for its soothing and calming effects, it has even more benefits than you might think. Specifically, when it comes to the health of our skin, recent studies have suggested that drinking chamomile tea offers protection against inflammation!
In one study, patients with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune inflammatory condition, experienced reduced inflammation after drinking chamomile tea. Those who did not drink the tea did not experience the same benefits.  This study, and others, have led us to believe that chamomile can benefit the skin with it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, chamomile is rich in antioxidants, which means that it can protect the skin and body against oxidative damage.
I love honey! I have it on hand at all times, which comes in handy when I want to make a face mask. Honey is a common ingredient you’ll see in DIY face masks because of its beneficial and therapeutic properties! It can benefit our skin in a few ways.
First, it is thought that honey has antimicrobial properties, which means it inhibits the growth of bacteria on our skin. Honey has been used for centuries for the purpose of healing and preventing infection. And now, there is research to demonstrate that this may have some merit.  This is why we can benefit from adding honey to our face masks – limiting the growth of bacteria on our face can help prevent breakouts!
Like chamomile, honey also is thought to offer anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.  This can be beneficial for acne-prone and inflammation-prone skin types. Yet another reason why honey is a great ingredient for face masks!
Nutritional yeast is not an ingredient you see often in DIY skin masks, but it should be! It is absolutely packed with nutrients, and is a popular choice among vegans and vegetarians for this reason. Many of the nutrients that you might find lacking in a plant-based diet, you can find in nutritional yeast!
Additionally, it is rich in B vitamins, which are essential for our metabolism, as well as the health of our hair, skin and nails! Just one serving of nutritional yeast provides:
- 830% DV of vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- 780% DV of vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- 350% DV of vitamin B3 (niacin)
- 680% DV of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
- 1000% DV of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) 
A reminder that % DV means percentage of the Daily Value of a nutrient. This number is based on the needs of an average individual, and is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on the individual, you may need more or less than the % Daily Value, but it can be a helpful reference point!
So, now let’s get to the fun part and make this face mask!
You’ll need to measure out:
- 2 bags of chamomile tea
- 1 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of nutritional yeast
To make this mask, start by brewing a cup of tea with the two teabags. Allow the tea to cool completely. Then, you’ll want to mix together the honey and nutritional yeast, before slowly adding some of the cooled tea. You’ll want to add enough so that it creates a thin paste, but isn’t entirely watery. Leave on your skin for 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water!
And there you have it, the perfect, soothing face mask to treat yourself and nourish your skin. Give it a try! Oh, and I’d love it if you’d send me a picture of your best mask selfie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy relaxing!
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