Cilantro grows abundantly during the late spring and early summer. Between pestos, salsas, and curries, there are no shortage of culinary pursuits available to make use of this fragrant, leafy herb. It's pungent aroma is bright, green, and astringent, and the herb contains several nutrients beneficial to skin care, including magnesium and vitamin A. Cilantro has a cooling effect, as well as anti-inflammatory properties, making it a nice addition to sensitive skin formulations. Cilantro is also believed to help lighten the skin and even out pigmentation. This factor makes the fresh herb very desirable for anti-aging treatments.
This simple facial mask recipe uses fresh, pureed cilantro with a variety of other cleansing, exfoliating, and detoxifying ingredients. This is a great mask for all skin types, but mature skin, sensitive skin, and red skin will love it the most. If you have oily skin, try swapping out the White Kaolin Clay for a stronger variety such as French Green Clay.
Refreshing Rice & Cilantro Face Mask
Makes enough for 4 – 6 treatments
- 1 handful fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Milk Powder
- 1 tablespoon Rice Powder
- 2 tablespoons White Kaolin Clay
- 2 – 4 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel 1:1
Combine the cilantro, yogurt, and one or two tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel in a small blender or food processor. Pulse until fully blended, adding more Aloe Gel if needed. Combine the mixture with the Coconut Milk Powder, Rice Powder, and Kaolin Clay.
This is a fresh mask, so it should be used right away, or stored in the refrigerator for later use. The mask will keep in the fridge for about 3 – 5 days, or in the freezer for up to one month. Apply the mask to clean skin, and allow to dry for 10 – 20 minutes. Rinse away, and follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.