I’m taking “going green” to a whole new level today! I love making homemade masks and this one in particular was extremely exciting! This mask was especially fun because it turned the most gorgeous green not to mention it detoxed and smoothed my skin instantly! As you can tell from the pictures, it’s so creamy. It feels soft, cold and soothing as well. Using spirulina, bentonite clay and greek yogurt, this mask takes seconds to make and is a great for weekly use!
Spirulina is a blue/green algae that is cultivated mainly in fresh water environments. It is known as a superfood because of it’s impressive nutrition profile. It is super high in antioxidants and actually has 4x more then berries! It is extremely detoxing and a powerful inflammation reducer! Spirulina is also high in chlorophyll. We discussed the benefits chlorophyll has on skin HERE. Spirulina is an incredible tool when it comes to improving skin health.
- Fights aging
- Kills bacteria
- Relieves inflammation
- Contains chlorophyll
- Reduces dark circles
- Alkalizes the skin
I’ve also added yogurt. I love putting yogurt on my face. When topically applied to the skin, yogurt will help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and reduce discoloration. Plain Greek yogurt is a great skin booster even when applied by itself!
I’ve also added bentonite clay. This is optional. I needed a boost of detoxification and that’s the main benefit of adding a clay to a mask. Clay pulls impurities out of the pores but it can also pull moisture out as well so if you are really dry-skip it. Other benefits of using bentonite clay include added circulation which encourages cell turnover and healing, balanced pH, detoxing heavy metals from the skin and relieving acne.
DIY Spirulina Probiotic Mask:
1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- Combine ingredients in a glass bowl.
- Apply a generous amount all over the face, neck and even chest.
- Leave mask on for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water.
- Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.
A Few Words on Taking Spirulina Internally:
I’m actually on vacation as I am writing this post. Funny enough, I experimented with this mask before I left and deemed it worthy of a post. However, I’ve been researching the benefits of spirulina while on vacation and away from my bottle of spirulina powder and blender so I haven’t actually tried to add it to my diet. After reading all that I have, I can’t wait to get home and add spirulina to a green juice or smoothie due to all the insane benefits I’ve discovered!
Spirulina is 70% protein. It’s a great way to boost energy! It is also high in B vitamins, vitamin K and minerals. It’s a powerful anti aging tool due to it’s high antioxidant content and ability to reduce puffiness and lighten dark circles! Taking spirulina can reduce blood pressure, blood sugar and reduce cholesterol. It’s also high in iron and can help peopler suffering from anemia. Supplementing with spirulina not only benefits the body and the skin, it is also beneficial for strengthening hair and nails.
One more spirulina benefit to mention is that it has been known to relieve allergies! Sold.
I loved experimenting with spirulina and will continue to add it into my DIY creations! I use THIS powder and highly recommend it. It’s pesticide and herbicide free and non GMO. And by the way-1 tsp. is equal to 5 servings of veggies! I’ll update you when I add it to my usual smoothie! Stay tuned. Please comment if you add it to yours! I’d love to know what you’ve experienced (and how it tastes)!