DIY Hydrating Face Mask
borage seed oil
Borage is a very soothing and nourishing oil that contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an important essential fatty acid that has incredible hydrating benefits, especially for sensitive skin issues. When the skin isn’t able to produce enough oil, it can easily dehydrate and result in inflammatory flare ups. Hello bumps and redness. This oil helps your skin replenish the essential fatty acids that it’s lacking.
I know… if you’ve used borage oil before, you know the smell isn’t the most pleasant. But paired with the honey, the smell get's masked by the sweetness of the mask. It’s a great way to incorporate the oil into your routine if you don’t want to use the oil on it’s own. You may be wondering why I advocate using smelly oils in the first place? Truthfully, it’s not that I like the smell but rather that I like using a product I know is pure and not covered up with artificial fragrance.
The avocado is moisturizing and calming to the skin. Plus it’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, which are essential for restoring the skin's lipid layer.
Honey is great because it is hydrating without risking a breakout. In addition, it’s known to help speed up your skin cell’s healing process, which is beneficial in reducing redness and inflammation (two things I’m always concerned about)!
1 tablespoon of honey
10 drops of borage seed oil
1/4 of a ripe avocado
Combine all the ingredients together and apply it to your face using a small brush. If you don’t want to see little pieces of avocado in the mask I suggest combining it in a food processor. Rinse the mask off after 10-15 minutes.