Giving yourself a face mask once a week is a relaxing, simple, and effective way to stay up on your high end healing skin care regimen. You can tailor the mask to whatever you please, using it for anti aging, exfoliating, moisturizing, or detoxifying purposes. There are many masks on the market today, but you don’t have to go out and buy a mask in order to use one. You can easily make one for yourself at home; this gives you control over the ingredients, quality, and the exact experience you are looking for. Plus, you can tailor the ingredients to better fit your skin care needs.

As you may already know, we love raw African Shea butter for the endless number of creative uses it offers us, and one of these is as the base for a facemask. Now you may be wondering, can you use something like a plant butter in a mask? And the answer is absolutely yes! The deep and nourishing high-end healing components in Shea butter make it perfect for use in face masks designed for dermal regeneration, moisture, and repair. Following is one of our favorite simple Shea butter face mask recipes:

  • 1 Tbsp raw African Shea butter
  • 1-2 drops Palmarosa (for moisture) and Geranium (for repair and regeneration) essential oils
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (hydrating and lightly exfoliating)

Simply mix all ingredients in a small container of choice until well blended. The Shea butter should be soft and easy to mix, but not melted. On a clean face, apply mask and let sit for a minimum of 15 minutes, and up to as long as you like. When you’re finished, simply wash off with warm water and a washcloth (no need for soap), and your face will be left soft, fresh, and rejuvenated.

This is an especially great mask to do in the evening before you go to sleep, because the regeneration and repair that happens to your skin during the night will be further advanced by the ingredients in the mask. If you like this recipe, you can make a larger batch and simply store in your bathroom cabinet or refrigerator until your next use. Perhaps you even have a cute little jar to keep it in. And of course, play around with the ingredients. If you don’t have Palmarosa or Geranium, try Rose or Turmeric instead. The possibilities are endless!