Bionic Homemade: Cucumber and Peppermint Soothing face mask

by JoyceyCouture on December 12, 2010 · 10 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Dancing snowmen? Flying reindeer? Talk about a season full of myths! As it turns out however, there is at least one thing we can trust to come this winter- welcome to my face, dry skin.

Time to thaw out those chilly weather blues by winterizing your skin with this new recipe that I’ve come to love. Peppermint when used as an infusion is much gentler than peppermint essential oil, while cucumber soothes and feeds the skin with silica.

Ingredients ~

  • 1/2 of a fresh medium cucumber
  • 5 ounces (150 ml) filtered tap/mineral water
  • 1 packet peppermint tea
  • 2 oz (60 ml) aloe vera juice
  • 2 drops vitamin E oil
  • 1 oz (30 ml) carrot juice (optional)
DIY homemade all-natural Cucumber, Peppermint and Aloe Vera face mask

Sooth your skin this winter with a homemade Cucumber, Peppermint and Aloe face mask!

Directions ~

First, puree the cucumber using a blender. Next, prepare the peppermint tea using filtered water and allow it to steep for 3 minutes. Then combine with the rest of the ingredients and shake well.

The peppermint, when used as an infusion in this blend, is much gentler than peppermint essential oil, while cucumber will help sooth and feed your skin silica.

When the mixture is ready, you can either rub it on your skin or even add it to your bath water.

Storage ~
Refrigerate the mixture [and keep it away from your beverages for obvious reasons! ;)] and it will stay good for at least 3 days. You can even toss it in your freezer for a quick skin reviving treatment through the summer months.

Stay Bionic,
Joycey Couture - contributing author of the Bionic Beauty blog

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robyn @ Hawaii December 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Wow, however do you dream these up? Never thought of these two
together…. This is a Must Try Out ….on my list.
Merry Christmas Joycey!

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2 Karina December 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Thank you for this! It is very good recipe. Now in Australia is summer so cucumber is refreshing and not too expensive. I will try it and let you know.

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3 Holistically Haute December 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Great homemade remedy! Nice blog…will be reading more for sure!

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4 Rachel K January 3, 2011 at 2:45 am

The holidays are over, come and post new stuff for us to read!! I need my fix, lol!

Hope your holidays were good!

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5 Tashi January 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I second what Rachel said. :-D We miss y’all, Jami and Joycey! Please — come baaaaaack. lol

Hope you both are doing well. Take care, and hope to see you around again soon. Happy New Year!!

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6 Musetica January 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm

That’s right: where are you guys?! I really miss u! Hope you had awesome holidays and are catching up on some rest! Happy New Year everyone!

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7 Celina January 15, 2011 at 3:29 am

I just happened to stumble upon your blog and I find this exciting recipe! I’ve never heard of a mask like this before, I’ll have to give it a go! Great idea :)

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8 Rachel K January 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

That’s it! User generated content time!! We’ll make our own posts, ha!

Today I’d like to tell you ladies about a cool nail polish effect called water marbling!!! I have not tried it yet, but I saw a video about it and it BLEW MY MIND!

Basically, you put drops of nail polish into a cup of water, and then you stick a toothpick in it and swirl it around and make cool looking marble tie dye designs in it. Then, since the nail polish just floats on the top of the water, you can stick your nail on top of the design and it picks up the nail polish and looks FANCY!!!!

Here’s a video showing an example of what you can do with this technique: http://www.youtube.com/user/SimpleLittlePleasues#p/a/u/0/vuHK6V79uIg

Have any of you guys tried it before?

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9 Tashi January 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

:-) Rachel, you’re a hoot! I like your idea. Plus, the nail polish thing reminded me of decorating eggs at Easter time when I was a kid (many, many moons ago!). Hee-hee.

As for a product recommendation from me, it’s using Dawn Original dish soap to clean jewelry (the blue stuff). I know it’s not a cosmetic item (at least, not for *me*, anyway), but having clean and *pretty* jewelry is part of being Bionically Beautiful, right? :-) Just put a couple of drops on an old, wet toothbrush (no longer being used), or a brand new one (I use a new child’s toothbrush), wet the item, scrub *gently*, then rinse. I’ve used this on precious, as well as costume jewelry. However!! Please use with caution and your best judgment, as some solvents can harm some materials, as can soaking or brushing too much/roughly can. Pat the item dry with a soft cloth, then enjoy! Another alternative is to soak your jewelry in a small dish of warm water and a couple of drops of the Dawn. After a few minutes, whatever, take the stuff out, lightly brush, if desired, then rinse and dry. I have a huge bottle, which will last me foreeeeeeeeever. And I clean my jewelry every day.

Hopefully, the ladies are doing OK, and will make a return soon. I do hope Jami (or Joycey, too, for that matter) didn’t run into another nasty snake that mistook her foot for a platter of Kung Pao Chicken! And Becca? It’s all good in “fourthing” the motion. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Jami and Joycey to come back again soon. :-D

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10 Becca January 16, 2011 at 2:49 am

I… fourth?.. the motion! I hope everything is all right with our lovely Bionic Beauty writers, we sure do miss their posts!
Rachel, I’ve never tried the nail polish marbling, but that video was really cool. It was really incredible how detailed she got her design to be. I’m not sure though that I would have the skills she did to pull off the design. Really great effect though, thanks for the link! :)

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