Adventures with Pinterest Part 2

Woman with yellow face mask looking worriedFace scrub in a dish

Last weekend I tried a lotion bar, a face scrub and two face masks from Pinterest recipes. Based on how other recipes turned out, I was a little afraid! Here's what happened:

  1. Turmeric Face Mask: This one scared me the most, as pictured above, as I've seen what turmeric can do to your fingers in cooking. But I figured I'd start with this one first since I had a face scrub to test. Did I mention I had to help a friend at the Expo Centre and my mother and father in-law were coming over? Anyway the recipe called for honey, yogurt, rice flour and turmeric. All I had was Greek yogurt so I needed to thin it out. I applied it, wearing a white shirt, no less. That's the problem when you have a 'get-it-done' personality! And then I anxiously waited the 15 minutes by googling how to remove turmeric stains on skin. My fingers were already stained. I learned that milk is recommended in the mask as it prevents staining (ummm...yogurt too??) and that organic, wild turmeric will not stain (it's not edible). I was armed with a few back up options for stain removal. Okay, how bad could it be? I rinsed it off and it wasn't as bad as I imagined but I was still jaundiced looking. But was my face ever soft! The scrub (below) didn't remove much so I went straight to my Facial Toner. I went through four cotton pads and was back to normal. Phew! My face was so soft I couldn't stop touching it! Improvements: I would definitely use regular yogurt or the wild turmeric as it may be better at preventing stains. And no white shirts! Conclusion: I'm keeping this one! And its great for all skin types. Unfortunately the link to the recipe no longer works but I'll share it with you here: Mix 1/2 tsp honey, 1 tsp yogurt, 1 tsp rice flour and 1 tsp turmeric in a small bowl. Wash your face and pat dry. Apply a thin layer to your face and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse off using facial soap. Apply your favourite moisturizer.
  2. Aloe Green Tea Face Scrub: I was really hoping that this would remove my yellow stains but it was not to be. It was very pretty looking with the tea leaf pieces in coconut oil. But looks aren't everything! Oh my, was it greasy! I knew coconut oil shouldn't be used on the face (it can clog your pores) but I was willing to risk it. I rinsed and rinsed and even my toner couldn't get it all off. Improvements: Yikes, find another recipe! Conclusion: Looks can be deceiving!
  3. Homemade Lavender Lotion Bars:  Easy to make when you don't want to fuss with an emulsified lotion or carry-on restrictions when flying. Recipe said to use silicone molds but I always like to challenge the recipe and used plastic ones. The two oval ones came out fine but the two square ones broke apart. They were a little greasy but not bad. I didn't really care for them but two others who tried them quite liked them. Improvements: Tough one as I prefer something lighter. More experimentation may be required. Conclusion: Try them yourself! And let me know what you think. Would you use Lavender Bars?
  4. Homemade Acne Mask: So I don't have acne but bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar are still quite popular these days. And I wouldn't let that stop me from trying! This one is easy peasy - equal amounts of each; although recipe said 2 tbsps, I found that was enough for 2-3 uses. I applied it and waited to see if there was any burning sensations. No burning but man could I feel my face tightening up! About five minutes after washing it off, my face became red and warm. This is apparently normal as the bentonite clay increases blood circulation while drawing out impurities. And it didn't last long. My skin was soft but nothing like the turmeric face mask. Improvements: Make less. Conclusion: If I had acne I would give it a couple more tries. Try it here.

A little better luck this time! For the most part, I don't recommend using Pinterest for skincare products. Not because I'm in the business, but for your own safety. Sure, there was no damage done here but many recipes don't use preservatives or emulsifiers AND don't tell you to refrigerate or shake before using. Additionally, a lot of them promise miracles that don't work and use astounding before and after pictures. And quite often essential oil safety is not known by these authors. Basically it comes down to the experience of the author and typically you can't tell what that is. Awesome for food recipes and crafts though! Is there a skincare recipe that you want to try but just aren't sure? Tell me here and I can have a look at it for you.

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