Guava + Yoghurt
"Slap it on"
It’s been a while since I got making a new beauty recipe, but having an abundance of guava’s in my possession got me thinking…
Not about how to serve this over breakfast, because in my personal opinion I can’t handle the taste, texture, seeds, skin, smell... but how I could use this superfood for all it’s wonderful life giving properties.
See below a (not so) short list of the ingredients of this gorgeous mask and its health benefits to the skin.
Guava: Guava helps to improve complexion and it can remove dark spots too. It brightens up dull skin and is a rich source of Vitamins A, B and C which carry great antioxidant properties. It keeps skin hydrated and also works as a great anti-ageing ingredient. It makes skin instantly clear and fresh.
Yogurt: Yogurt works great for glowing and smooth skin. It also tightens up large pores. Yogurt has anti aging components which keep your skin younger and flawless. It can transform your dull skin and give you a bright, glowing and clear complexion.
Lemon Juice: One of the best natural acne fighting ingredients, lemons are packed full of antibacterial properties. The citric acids in lemon juice have natural exfoliating properties which gets rid of dead skin cells revealing beautiful, glowing skin. Because of its strong astringent properties, lemons are great at reducing the size of pores as well as getting rid of excess oil. Lemons are naturally bleaching so it’s no wonder they can do miracles in removing dark spots and even acne scars. Believe it or not, lemons are also moisturising! Lemons stimulate collagen production because they contain a ton of vitamin C.
Oats: Oatmeal contains avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin. Oatmeal is also great for acne-prone skin because it absorbs oil from the skin’s surface. All of which makes oatmeal a perfect ingredient for facial masks.
So now you’re like, ‘Come on! Get to the recipe!’.
Patience friends, here it comes.
8 Guavas (mine were frozen, so I put them in the microwave to defrost which made them nice and shmooshy)
1 Cup Natural Yoghurt (all I had in the fridge was some terrible mango flavoured supermarket brand yoghurt that no one in the family will eat)
4 Lemons (some of these were long time destined to drown in a Gin & Tonic but unfortunately had shrivelled slightly, but still good for their juice)
1 Cup Oats (these can be Quick Oats, Rolled Oats or Oatmeal. Anything ‘Oaty’ really)
Method to the Madness:
Scoop out all the middle goodness of the guavas, leaving only the skin to discard. However, if the skin is soft enough you could use this too. Make sure you keep ALL the seeds as these make for wonderful exfoiliating beads when washing off the mask. Say what now!
Juice all of the lemons. I wish I had a handheld juicer, but instead I just had to use my hands and a bit of brute force, given the skins had gone tough. #fingerworkout. I did this over a colander to catch the pips, defs don’t want them.
Once all the fruits are prepped chuck all of the above (with the yoghurt and oats) in a blender or bullet and wiz to your hearts content. You should end up with a smooth yet textured paste. If it’s too runny, add some more oats.
This made an insane amount, like a large coffee jar amount. Given they're fresh ingredients, you want to be able to use it quickly, so implement portion control guys.
*Cool Hack: pour into ice cube trays and freeze. This will make a perfect sized portion for one use and you get to have face masks for aaaaggggeessss.
Not gonna lie, I used the mask with my Bear that night and needless to say our skin was actually brighter and smoother! We painted it on with one of my makeup brushes and a generous amount at that.
*Side note: the lemon juice will sting a little at first, but hey what’s beauty without a little pain.
We washed it off after 30 mins which felt like a good amount of time to allow the yoghurt to do its duty as a pore tightner (as the mask dries it tightens, that’s how you know any wrinkles are saying 'see ya later!').
We used lukewarm water to wash off and at the same time we utilised those guava seeds to exfoliate all those skin cell carcasses, ew.
After examining my skin a little too close in the mirror, I found a moment to stop admiring my face and gently massage in my new and wonderful hemp facial oil. Done!
What can I say, I’m a Goddess now.
Stay wild. Stay fierce.
Wolf + Bear