Ashley MacInnis: The Frenzied Fashionista


Luxurious DIY Chocolate Face Mask

Give Your Skin A Yummy Boost With Ingredients In Your Cupboard

They say that beauty begins in the kitchen, and this mask is no exception! After a long, cold, miserable, hateful winter, my skin feels tired and beaten. Between the dry air in the office and the freezing temperatures outside, I am confident that I've spent more time guzzling water and rubbing moisturizer into my skin than I spent shovelling snow - and I'm on the eastern side of Canada, so that's saying something!
Alhough I'm a self-professed beauty product junkie (you should see the stock I have under my bathroom sink), I often DIY and go au naturel with my skincare. Next to my bathroom sink? A jar of coconut oil for my skin, lips and hair. In my bathtub? A brown-sugar and oil scrub in a Glad container. Just like the things that go into my body, if I can't understand what the heck the ingredients are I don't want to put in on my skin. 
My sister-in-law recently gave me a chocolate face mask that had an unfortunate run-in with a foot and got smooshed all over my hallway. I was bummed because it smelled amazing, but my floors aren't the cleanest - I'll admit - and so I decided not to put it on my face post-smoosh. Instead, I cleaned it up (and then mopped all my floor because gross) and opened my cupboard to whip up my own.
This mask smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling super soft! But beware: It may make you hungry.

Chocolate Face Mask

1/3 c. cocoa powder
1/4 c. plain, unsweetened yogurt (I use Greek, because it's what I buy!)
1 tbsp organic honey
1/3 c. oats (optional)
And you can add half an over-ripe banana to this recipe for an extra delicious mask!
Mix your ingredients well and slather that yummy mixture on your pretty face. Everybody’s favourite snack actually helps improve your skin’s hydration and complexion!
Let it sit for about 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. (I suggest eating a piece of dark chocolate and sipping some yummy tea while you wait.)
Helpful Tips

You don’t need to complicate DIY masks by using a food processor – just grab a fork or spoon and mix. And you can skip the mask brush – fingers were invented first!

Steam your face before applying masks to open your pores. Fill a bowl with hot water, throw a towel over your head and hover over the bowl for a few minutes pre-mask.

Always pat your skin dry after cleansing – rubbing roughly can damage your skin! And try to use a clean cloth each time to avoid breakouts.

Store any leftover mask in a sealed container in your refrigerator for 1-2 days. (Or eat it, because you totally can.)