Posted by Manuela on 13th May 2015
Cucumber Aloe Parsley Face Mask
This is an amazingly refreshing face mask that is great for the summer and for those times when we overdo our sun exposure. This works beautifully for all skin types and is especially effective for Pitta (fire element skin types- those with reddish undertones or those prone to breakouts and inflammation). Keep some of this in the fridge to get the most out of its cooling effects.
Cucumbers are mostly water but they contain natural acids (ascorbic and caffeic) that help to soothe skin and even helps to reduce swelling (there’s a real reason why cucumber slices are placed over the eyes!). Cucumbers also have the exact same ph balance as the skin so they are perfect for helping to balance any type of skin.
Aloe is a summertime staple so most people will have plenty of this on hand. We recommend using fresh aloe, but if you are using store-bought aloe, please read the ingredients because aloe vera gels will often contain alcohol which will dry the skin. Aloe is extraordinarily effective at healing all sorts of skin woes, from eczema to sunburn to acne. Aloe contains betacarotene, Vitamins C & E, amino acids…It’s just great.
Parsley helps to balance oil production. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and it’s also a great skin brightener. It is also high in a wide range of vitamins and minerals (betacarotene, zinc, calcium, potassium and so much more) that help to keep skin looking its most radiant.
2-3 inches of fresh cucumber (wash it, but there’s no need to peel it)
¼ c aloe vera (preferably fresh)
¼ c fresh parsley
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth. Apply to the face, avoiding eyes. Leave on for 10-15 minutes then remove with a cool washcloth.
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