The best Face Mask for your skin type

Natural face masks for every skin type | elodiebeauty.com

Hottest Beauty Trend for 2017

Google recently came out with the Beauty Trends 2017 report which studied the most popular beauty search terms by users in the U.S., Japan, and France.

Guess what beauty term was searched the most?

Face masks!

The report also highlighted the top skin concerns people use face masks to treat, which are: oily skin, hydration, scarring, and acne/ blackheads. Check out below for my favourite masks to treat these specific skin concerns. 

For more, watch my segment on CTV Your Morning talking all about these face mask trends and the pros and cons of each.

Top pick for oily skin: Clay Masks
Province Apothecary Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Mask

Clay masks for oily skin | elodiebeauty.com

Top Pick for dry/ dehydrated skin: Sheet masks
100% Pure Caffeine Mask 
100% Bright Eyes Masks

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Top picks for scarring/ hyper-pigmentation: Exfoliating peel masks
Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Mask
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

All natural exfoliating peel masks for scaring | elodiebeauty.com
Top Picks for blackheads/congestion: Charcoal masks

DIY Mask using Organika charcoal powder 
1 tsp charcoal
1 tsp clay
1 tsp raw honey
2 tsp water

Mix all together, apply to clean skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide + Giveaway (closed)

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide Review on elodiebeauty.com Beauty starts from within!

Here at Elodie Beauty, we certainly talk a lot about how to beautify this and how to beautify that, but as I’ve always stressed, it’s not all about what we put on our body that makes us beautiful. I believe that beauty starts with how we take care of ourself, from the food we eat to the thoughts we think.

” When you focus on feeling beautiful, you’ll find that there’s nothing you need to cover up, laser off, Botox, or sacrifice to the surgeon’s knife.” – Joy McCarthy

That’s why I love Joy McCarthy’s newest online book, the Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide.
Joy, who is a Holistic Nutritionist (and so naturally beautiful herself!) follows this philosophy. She says, “I know that it’s the food I eat and lifestyle I live that have the biggest impact on my outside beauty.” Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide contains 14 DIY Beauty recipes plus amazing tips on staying beautiful from the inside out! This gorgeous online guide has a little bit of everything, from Joyous Health beauty principles, to tips on healthy digestion, and what foods to add or ditch in your diet. Also included are 14 awesome DIY beauty recipes to make at home.

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide DIY Beauty Recipes My personal favourite is the Refreshing Avocado Mask, which is a mix of creamy avocado (sooo moisturizing and full of amazing fats!), antioxidant rich matcha powder (bye, bye wrinkles!), and hydrating almond milk. This mask feels so silky smooth, it left my skin feeling super soft and nourished. It will be a lifesaver for combating dry and chapped skin during the upcoming winter months!
Elodie Beauty Bonus tip:
heat up some leftover almond milk and blend these ingredients (with a hint of honey) into an ultra decadent matcha latte while you put up your feet and enjoy this comforting mask.

It wouldn’t be fair to tell you all about this fantastic beauty guide, though, without giving you a chance to get your hands on a free copy! So I’ve joined with Joy to offer one lucky Elodie Beauty reader a chance to win a copy!

Only one person can win, so make sure to also visit the Joyous Health website and buy a copy of the Joyous Health Beauty guide, which is 72 pages of beautiful images and jammed packed with so much Joyous Health wisdom! ($34.95)

To Win a copy of the Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide: 

Head on over to the Elodie Beauty facebook page and join the conversation! I’m asking you all “what’s your favourite, ‘go-to’ DIY beauty recipe”? Contest ends Friday, September 23 at 6pm (EST)

Probiotic skin care for acne and inflammation

Honey and Kefir Probiotics for your gut and skin

You may already be taking probiotics for your gut health, but what about for your complexion? Probiotic skin care is trending in the beauty world as a go-to topical treatment for many skin conditions.

The idea behind probiotic skin care is essentially the same as probiotics for the gut. Feed the skin good bacteria and it will “conquer” the bad bacteria. The most common example of bad bacteria on the skin is propionibacterium acnes (or P.acnes). It’s one of the evil puzzle pieces that contribute to acne and consequently causes severe inflammation on the skin ( aka angry red pimples).

The goal of applying “GOOD bacteria” onto the skin is to balance the bacteria ecosystem. This reduces the effects caused by excessive “bad bacteria” like acne and other inflammatory conditions. There are many product lines out there that you can check out like The Beauty Chef’s Probiotic Skin Refiner, or Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser and Moisturizer.

You can also whip up your own very simple D-I-Y probiotic face mask with yogurt, or better yet, kefir. The lactic acid from the dairy alsos act as an amazing exfoliant because it’s an alpha hydroxy acid.

Skin Probiotics Anti-Inflammatory Probiotic Face Mask*

1 TBS of organic full fat greek yogurt (optionally, this will help thicken the mixture)
1 TBS of organic full fat kefir
1 TBS of raw honey

Mix all ingredients together (this might be a bit runny) and apply onto freshly cleansed skin with hands or a cosmetic brush. Let sit for up to 30 minutes. (This can also be used as a spot treatment). Rinse off with cool water and follow up with your serum, and or moisturizer. (Black cumin seed oil applied as a spot treatment on pimples, or on the entire face after this treatment does wonders).

*apply ongoing twice a week to help heal acne breakouts and calm inflammation.
*not recommended if you have rashes, or overly sensitive skin

Clay: your go-to beauty secret

Cosmetic Clay Do you remember that kid on the playground who always ate dirt?  Maybe you were THAT kid –don’t worry, no one’s judging . . .

In fact, I’d say you were actually ahead of us all and recognized the sweet, magical powers “dirt” can have on our bodies.

One of my favourite places in the whole world is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland – the entire country is pretty magical, but the Blue Lagoon is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. The geothermal water in the Lagoon is actually white from the extremely high amount of silica; when exposed to direct sunlight it appears a beautiful light blue colour. When you enter the baths, giant vats of silica mud are available to bathers to treat themselves to facial masks. Needless to say, I slathered that stuff all over myself, and it made my skin feel amazing! (note: silica is not actually clay, BUT it is one of the healing components of many clays).

Blue Lagoon

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Clay, mud, dirt regardless of what you want to consider it is one of the best multi-use ingredients you can keep in your bathroom cupboard. Derived from the earth, clays vary in composition depending on how and where they were formed.

Clay is jam-packed with minerals and creates a beautiful medium to both heal and detoxify the body.

There are a few different types you can buy which vary in colour and mineral content. Bentonite clay is now gaining popularity as a hair mask, as an ingredient in natural toothpaste, and you may have heard about Shailene Woodley touting the detoxifying benefits of eating clay.

Obviously I’m bias and primarily love clay for the skin. It’s most commonly thought of as an ingredient for oily skin, but it really depends on the variety. Here are some of the most common clays:

Green clay: best for oily and acne-prone skin, green clay comes from France and is super absorbent, “drinking” up oils and impurities.

Rhassoul clay: good for all skin types (especially sensitive) this reddish/ brown clay comes from Morocco and contains high amounts of silica and magnesium (which are extremely healing and beneficial for skin regeneration).

Bentonite clay: good for all skin types, this grey/cream coloured clay comes from the volcanic ash sediments found in the U.S.

Make a clay face mask: when used 1-2 times a week, clay masks can tone, purify, and detoxify the skin.

Mix 1-2 TBS of clay with pure water to get a creamy pastes, add 1 TBS of raw honey for added antimicrobial benefits. Apply in a thick layer and leave on for up to 20 minutes.

What’s your favourite way to use clay?