Safer at Home Spa Days: DIY, Organic Coconut Oil Face Masks with Patti 

  • Spa days are now safer at home.
  • Make an easy DIY face mask with our spa and wellness correspondent Patti. 
  • Explore the fresh ingredients you have at home, so many benefits!
  • Source, mix and enjoy!

Your local spa may be closed due to the current pandemic, but we are here to help you bring those pampering and health promoting spa and beauty treatments right to the comfort of your own home. We turn to our expert Spa and Wellness correspondent Patti Coughlin for all the latest home spa hacks.

Patti is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician with a masters degree in exercise physiology. She combines her experience in clinical research, bodywork and skin care to offer customized services that address the specific needs of her clients. She has worked in environments such as managing high end spas all the way to working with professional athletes. She is an enthusiastic ambassador of the clean beauty movement and an all round beauty and wellness guru.

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DIY face masks at home:

With the world on collective pause, now is a great time to take a break from your daily makeup routine, giving your complexion a chance to hit the refresh button. To further enhance your skin’s ability to perform and heal naturally, we’ve curated some DIY natural face mask suggestions that you can make at home with some of the earth’s apothecary items that you already have in your panty. 

Why use skin care masks?

Although with encouraging a little luxury, facial masks deliver nutrients to skin in a concentrated form and provide some instant gratification while addressing specific skin conditions. First, a little science to keep in mind. Your skin’s pH is about 5.5, so choosing a mask with ingredients that preserve your skin’s acid mantle is key to keeping its barrier function intact. Secondly, whenever possible, use ingredients that are organic, raw and ethically sourced. 

Getting started:

DIY at home face mask recipes are plenty, so it is important to use ingredients that address your skin type and condition, are not irritating to the skin, that you are not allergic to, and can be easily applied and removed. Pay particular attention to the amount of time you leave a mask on your face. A general rule of thumb is 10-15 minutes. One real benefit to DIY face masks is that they are free of toxins, synthetic byproducts, chemicals and preservatives, making them especially beneficial for sensitive skin. That being said, these masks are meant for one time usage and should not be stored. Taking some time to lower your stress level while being #saferathome is especially important, so whenever possible, use facial masking as an opportunity to indulge with a spa-at-home experience. Light some candles and enjoy one of life’s little pleasures using ingredients that you have on hand.

Recipe 1: Healthy Glow Natural, Organic Face Mask

When it comes to skin boosting benefits, coconut oil, honey, and matcha are the triple crown winners. This coconut oil DIY homemade face mask repairs and balances and is packed full of antioxidants and bacteria fighting properties making it good for most skin types.

The benefits of these ingredients:

Honey: Hydrates and moisturizes skin and contains anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help fight acne and may fade scars as it exfoliates skin cells.
Source: I prefer Manuka Honey

Matcha: The polyphenols (EGCG) in matcha possess potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties, and show significant promise for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin. 
Source: I prefer Organic Matcha.

Coconut Oil: Organic raw coconut oil has so many benefits for the skin. Here’s a breakdown of its components:
Lauric Acid – Kills acne-causing bacteria.
Capric Acid – Contains strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
Caprylic Acid – Provides nurturing benefits to sensitive and oily skin plus anti-oxidant protection.
Vitamin C – Stimulates collagen production and fights off free radicals which cause premature aging. Promotes skin tautness and elasticity.
Vitamin E – Bolsters the skin’s UV protection. Slows down skin aging, decreasing fine lines while keeping connective tissues strong helping prevent skin sagging.
MCFA – Medium Chain Fatty Acids Protect skin from infections and bacteria by creating a skin pH that fights off acne-causing bacteria (propionibacterium).
MCT – Medium Chain Triglycerides Penetrate and unclog skin pores removing dirt, pollution and germs. Dissolve oils that cause acne and blackheads.
Source: I prefer organic cold pressed raw coconut oil. 

Which type of coconut oil should I use?

The best coconut oil to use with DIY facials is one that is certified organic by a reputable certifying agent. If that certification is to a food standard – even better! (Personal care organic standards are often lower than food). Raw and cold pressed coconut oil has a high content of lauric acid and medium-chain fatty acids which have not gone through any molecular adjustments, processing or fractionation. Totally clean and with the highest concentration of naturally occuring benefits!

I had the good fortune of being introduced to Organic Fiji products about 17 years ago. While I had been searching for a better alternative to the oils and lotions I had been using, the benefits of organic cold pressed coconut oil went far beyond its versatility. My eyes were open to the newly emerging natural products industry. The importance of knowing how ingredients are sourced and certified truly built my massage and facial practice. It became a passion of mine to share this knowledge with my clients, family and friends, using tools like The EWG to help them make educated choices. Offering services that provided “uncompromised health and beauty” became my tagline, thanks to Organic Fiji.

Let’s get mixing our simple DIY skin care face mask!

1. 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil – I prefer Organic Fiji’s Unscented USDA Organic Cold Pressed Raw Coconut Oil for it’s quality

2. 2 tablespoons honey – I prefer Manuka Honey for its added benefits

3. 1 tablespoon matcha – I prefer any organic matcha for its purity

4. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well with a small spatula

5. Apply the mixture evenly to clean skin using an upward motion. Be sure to cover all parts of your face, neck and décolleté.

6. Let the mask set for 10 minutes.

7. Remove by gently applying lukewarm water. Using a warm washcloth is also helpful.

8. Pat face lightly with a soft towel, then let dry naturally.

9. If needed, follow with a natural moisturizer – I love Organic Fiji’s Grapefruit Face & Body Lotion for an instant uplifting infusion of hydrating goodness.

10. For best results, mask 2 times weekly. 

Time of change:

Stay-at-home DIY natural facials are a great way to allow your skin to “detox” while embracing this time of change. Stay tuned for another #saferathome natural face mask recipe and other health and beauty tips that we hope will provide some comfort for you and your loved ones.

Unique benefits of Organic Fiji’s Coconut Oil:

  • Certified USDA Organic coconut oil by Oregon Tilth
  • Cold pressed coconut oil
  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Unrefined, unfiltered, raw coconut oil
  • Unique moisturizing & healing properties due to lauric acid content and molecular structure
  • Whole body treatment: for hair, skin & holistic wellness
  • Hand crafted using an ancient Fijian recipe
  • Unscented or scented available. Aromas created using pure and organic essential oils
  • Vegan and cruelty free ingredients, sourcing and production
  • Clean pure & plant based – free of chemicals, synthetics and harmful toxins
  • Biodegradable, Marine Safe and Wilderness Friendly
  • Ethically sourced and produced

Organic Fiji’s says NO to:

  • GMOs
  • Gluten
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Sulfates
  • Animal byproducts
  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial fragrances
  • Chemicals & toxic ingredients

Organic Fiji’s mission is to bring you the traditions of island life and all the benefits earth’s harvest has to offer your body and soul. The active ingredient in all our products is certified organic, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil. We create unique, artisanal personal care and culinary items, inspired by the tropics of the Fiji Islands. We will never compromise the quality of performance or the cleanliness of ingredients when designing our organic wellness range.

⚠️ ORGANIC FIJI COVID-19 UPDATE: We are open, we are getting your orders out the door within 24 hours and we have lowered pricing / free shipping minimums to better serve you during this challenging pandemic. Read full COVID-19 address here.