My to-do list (or actually, my TeuxDeux list) is always monstrous. I’m not sure how it happens, but it always seems like if I cross off five items, I find 10 more to put down. Without my to do list though, I would be totally lost. I even put the most simple tasks on there to make sure they get accomplished (shower, take vitamins, etc.). One thing you’ll see on my list for every single day is the acronym “TTM”. It stands for time to myself.
I know it sounds silly that it has to go on my to do list, but if it isn’t, I’ll completely skip it. To check it off my list, all I have to do is take a few minutes to myself. It can be as quick as sitting down and petting Puppyface for 5 minutes or as time-consuming as watching a chick flick I wanted to see. The important thing is to take a few minutes (or more) everyday to do something just for me.
Recently, to fulfill my daily TTM requirement, I’ve been on a beauty treatment kick. And with the influx of cucumbers, I figured it was a great time to whip up an all natural, homemade face mask!
Some benefits of a cucumber facial (from here):
- Cucumber has a cooling effect on the face and when it is kept on the skin for more than five minutes, it starts absorbing all the oil which is deposited in the skin pores.
- If you have blackheads on some areas of the face, this mask can help loosen the heads and once you scrub the areas, you will get rid of the blackheads.
- Since cucumber naturally consists of silica, it is a great source of healthy skin and nutrients for it. This replenishes the skin and makes it look younger.
- Silica also has the ability to hold the connective tissue of the skin tightly in place and thus cucumber face masks are very useful in anti-wrinkle skincare products and anti-aging skincare products.
- Your dark spots, dark circles, puffs under the eyes are minimized and the overall texture of skin is improved making it tighter and held back.
Making a cucumber mask at home is a breeze and takes ingredients that you probably have around in your kitchen already. You won’t get the texture of a commercial mask in a tube, but, uh, you also can’t do this with those masks in a tube:
Cucumber, Honey, and Oat Face Mask
Use gravity to your advantage! Put the mask on and lay down and relax for a bit while you let the mask do it’s thing. This mask won’t be “sticky” enough to stay on while you do dishes.
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4-1 cup oats (depending on water content of cucumber)
- In a blender, pulse together yogurt and cucumber to form a paste. Pour into a bowl.
- Add honey and oats (1/4 cup at a time) until the mixture forms a thick paste.
- Give another quick spin in the blender to chop oats.
- Pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill and solidify
- Spread on face, paying special attention to on and around the eyes, and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Eat any that falls in your mouth.
- Wash off with warm water.