I’m a chef. I can talk to you for hours about how to reduce a sauce to maximize its flavor or how to grill the perfect steak. Making delicious and nutritious food is my passion. However, there’s another great way to use food. Instead of putting it in your body, you should put it on your body.
DIY face masks! Hundreds of years ago, before beauty companies and anti-aging commercials, men and women were making face masks from fruits and vegetables. Whenever I put a mask on my face, it’s usually one I made in my own kitchen. I know there are thousands of masks I could buy, but the good ones are pricey and most of them have ingredients I can’t pronounce.
So back to the kitchen it is. Homemade face masks don’t take long to make and I usually already have the ingredients for them in my fridge. The most important one being cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The Greek women in my family have taught me the superpowers of EVOO. Not only is it an antioxidant, it's also anti-aging and makes your skin super soft. It's a staple in my masks.
Another staple is organization! Making face masks can get messy. Setting out a few bowls, like the Le Creuset Prep Bowls below, will keep things organized and clean. I personally like my masks to have a smooth consistency, so I throw my ingredients into a Nutribullet and blend for 30 seconds. If you end up making more product than you need, you can keep it in the fridge for a week. I store my masks in OXO Glass Containers because of their airtight seals.
Here's a recipe for one of my favorite face masks. If you don't have any avocados, you can replace it with a mashed banana, a juiced lemon or plain greek yogurt. These will all leave your skin glowing!
Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Antioxidant and anti-aging
Honey: Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
1. Mash a quarter or half of an avocado (depending on size) in a small bowl.
2. Stir in one tablespoon of cold pressed EVOO.
3. Stir in one tablespoon of cocoa powder.
4. Stir in one tablespoon of honey.
5. Mix all ingredients until creamy.
6. Make sure your face is clean and leave on for 10 minutes.
7. Wash off with warm water
*Check out a recipe for a Banana Cream Face Mask here.
I love watching movies. On rainy days when I don’t feel like making the trek to the theatre, we pop a movie on our TV and recreate the theatre experience in our own home. Popcorn, a popcorn maker and a few cozy blankets will do wonders to transform your night in to an official movie night. If you have a popcorn bucket, like the striped one below, it’ll be just like you’re at an AMC.