Beauty junkie that I am, I’ve been thinking (a lot) about my pre-wedding beauty timeline. According to Pinterest and the world of bridal mags, brides should start supercharging their beauty routine anywhere between eight and six months before the wedding. (There are about nine months until mine, but I want to start now!)
Your average pre-wedding beauty timeline may include botox injections and laser hair removal appointments. But many of us aren’t interested botox or anything having to do with a laser that doesn’t involve playing with the cat. I’ve thus taken it upon myself to create the ultimate bridal beauty timeline for vegan lovelies who are interested in natural, cruelty-free beauty and have a penchant for money-saving DIY remedies.
Once this essential document has been drafted, I’ll share it with all you peaceful dumplings. Whether or not you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle or planning to attend another big event, a little beauty inspiration never hurt 😉
Before getting ahead of myself, I needed to nail down a few key DIY treatments, including this exfoliating powder and the following maca cacao clay mask. This mask is designed to brighten, nourish, and cleanse skin. Maca and cacao are antioxidant-filled superfoods while clay is one of the best pore cleansers for natural beauties. You can mix the mask with any liquid or oil. I like coconut oil because it’s gentle, moisturizing, and antibacterial.
(makes one mask)
½ tsp. raw maca powder
½ tsp. raw cacao powder
½ tsp. bentonite clay
1 tsp. liquefied coconut oil
Mix ingredients until they form a paste. If necessary add a little more coconut oil or water. It should look like chocolate syrup that you almost want to eat.
After cleansing and gently exfoliating, pat your face dry. Immediately afterwards, use your fingers to spread the mask on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
Allow the mask to sit on your skin for 15-20 minutes. Gently rinse with warm water. Follow with toner, serum, and moisturizer. Repeat once a week for radiant, clear skin.
What’s your favorite DIY mask?
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Photos: Mary Hood