Bionic Homemade: DIY Chocolate Face Mask

by JoyceyCouture on 20.Sep.2010 · 13 comments

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

If you’ve started a 12-step chocoholics program, you’ve already learned you should never be more than 12 steps away from a piece of chocolate.  Alright, so in all honesty- what better way to relax after a stressful day then with a homemade chocolate face mask?

I can’t think of a thing! Just the mere smell of chocolate can release good feel endorphins into your system.

Bionic Beauty Homemade: Do it yourself chocolate face mask

Mix your own natural chocolate face mask!

Worried about those age-old myths of chocolate causing acne? They are just that- myths. Chocolate actually protects the skin by breaking down free radicals. In addition, it has anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties that help deep cleanse and relax you naturally. It’s also jam packed with magnesium- a stimulant for progesterone, a hormone that drops when we’re premenstrual (or post-menopausal). This plummet in magnesium levels each month is the real reason behind that anxious, grumpy feeling we often get, and the true cause of our breakouts.

Now before you drizzle Hersey’s syrup across your t-zone, follow this simple recipe and you’ll be on your way to a delicious bliss of skin care.
Ingredients for a DIY Chocolate Face Mask:

  • 3 tablespoons of kaolin clay (or Aztec Secret green clay)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • A little water or if desired a little coconut milk

The ingredients here are best used for normal, combination, or dry skin. If you are prone to have oily skin- opt for Fullers Earth rather than Kaolin; or just add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil.

Mixing Instructions

Using a small bowl, measure out the kaolin and cocoa powder and mix the ingredients together. Add a teaspoon of honey. Add the drops of water (or coconut milk) until you have your pasty mixture.

Hint – The mixture for your chocolate face mask will be pretty thick, almost a paste. The water (or coconut milk) should be added drop by drop- otherwise the mixture will become too runny to manage. Add a little more kaolin if this happens.

Let the mix stand in the bowl for at least 30 minutes. While you wait for the mixture to set- give your skin a steam facial to open and clean out the pores. Then exfoliate your skin lightly to remove dead skin cells and maximize the benefits of this deep cleansing face mask. Then apply the mask by gently spreading it over your entire face and neck.

People often forget that your neck deserves the benefits of a mask too! You only need to apply a thin layer of mask. Leave the mask on for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. I’d love to hear your results after you try this do-it-yourself face mask!

Stay Bionic,

Joycey Couture - contributing author of the Bionic Beauty blog

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1 Tashi September 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Joycey, I’m sitting here waiting for a prescription, and was craving chocolate before I read your article today. Lo and behold, chocolate is the topic du-jour! “My” salon offers chocolate treatments like you explained here, but I’ve never tried them. Seriously, how tempted would one get when applying the mask? I swear I’d want to eat it! :-) (I think I need a Snickers bar right quick, all this talk about chocolate!) Thanks again for the recipe. I’ll have to let you know how it turns out for me.

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2 joycey couture September 20, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Ha, I ate a lil peanut butter before hand.. just to make sure the cravings didn’t cause me to catapult myself into my mixing bowl. 😉

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3 Tashi September 21, 2010 at 1:04 am

On second thought, maybe that clay wouldn’t taste so great, so maybe I wouldn’t want to eat the mask. Blech. So, if you were to mix your peanut butter with the mask, it would be a Reese’s Peanut Butter Mask. 😉

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4 Bionic Beauty September 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Oooh, I bet Peanut Butter could probably be kinda fun. The fats would be good for your skin and if you used the chunky variety, you would get some gentle exfoliation. A new recipe that Joyce & I should work out perhaps?!?

And guess what Tashi? :) If you scroll down in the comments on this article: http://bionic-beauty.com/15-beautiful-uses-jojoba-oil/ Revonda and I had a great discussion about the health benefits of eating the kaolin and green clay. I’ve done lots of research since and it’s all sorts of helpful. And it really doesn’t taste bad when mixed in lightly with stuff. Funny, huh? 😀

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5 Tashi September 28, 2010 at 4:35 am

Oh, so we’re all invited over to Lisa’s house this Friday?? LOL (kidding, Lisa!) Yes, that does sound like a groovy idea. Have fun. :-)

Jami, seriously?? Eating kaolin and CLAY???? *shudder!* Whoa, Nellie. I don’t know what kaolin even is. Does it taste like chicken?? LOL I’ll have to take a look at that discussion you mentioned. Thanks! 😀

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6 Bionic Beauty September 29, 2010 at 1:21 am

Hee hee! Kaolin is a type of clay. It’s often in cosmetics that say oil-controlling; or in Kaopectate. Or you may find it in a bar soap that feels “soft” when it lathers. Herbaria Soaps makes their Rose Geranium bars with Kaolin Clay- I love every Herbaria soap variety, but the Rose Geranium is always one that I buy for friends or family members since it’s so pretty (deep pink), smells nice, and the Kaolin is perfect for just about everyone’s face, hands, or body.

The Green Clay is very, very similar to Kaolin. I think the main difference is where they come from. Then there is DE (Diatomaceous Earth) which is used for all sorts of things: It’s the dust bath stuff for pet Chinchillas, can help clean up toxic spills, some nice pool filters use it, and there’s a medical grade for wound treatment (for pets & people) and that’s the type that is typically used in cosmetics.

Those are the big three types of clay common to the cosmetics industry anyhow. Plenty of others, of course; but these are the ones you’ll encounter most when looking at quality products.

Here are some Wiki articles in case anyone is interested:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaolin_clay

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7 lisa September 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

hahaha the more the merrier, although I may have to replenish my wine supplies for next time : )

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8 lisa September 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

Wow thank you so much for this face mask recipe. It will be a perfect addition to my girls wine and movie night this friday. We are soo doing this.

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9 Bionic Beauty September 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Great Lisa! I hope it’s a success! You all should definitely take pictures. 😉
Cheers,
Jami

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10 lisa September 30, 2010 at 9:19 am

Shoot now that would have been a good idea! Don’t you worry, there will be a next time for this mask, I will take pictures. My skin was soft, glowing and actually felt firmer after the mask.

Thanks again for the great recipe

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11 Sophia September 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Really cool idea! Thanks for sharing I usually use a Mint Souffle Mask. It contains spearmint, oil and honey. I love it!

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12 Bailee September 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

both the chocolate and mint masks sound wonderful!
i guess one of these weekends i’m gonna have to do a diy pampering day with some friends!
mani/pedis, hair coloring, and face masks!
thanks for all the diy beauty articles! i have sooo many fun choices :)

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