Rubbing oils into acne-prone skin seems counter-productive, right? Wrong! In the last few years the skincare trend of “oil-free” and “stripped of oil” has been demolished and the importance of healthy hydration with good quality oil is in. It turns out that our skin forms protective barriers (natural oils), and when we strip that away with toxic oil-free products, our skin reacts with breakouts and inflammation.

There are so many oils that are more accessible than ever with incredible beauty benefits – from cystic acne protection to wrinkle prevention. Botanical oils are high in antioxidants which aids in free radical protection, while others have anti-aging ingredients and hydration for glowing, dewy skin. Coconut oil has made a name for itself becoming the most multi-functional ingredient, ever. It’s antibacterial and antifungal, it re-hydrates the skin without clogging pores. Castor oil is a detoxifying ingredient that breaks up clogged pores and helps remove dead skin cells – it’s often used for aging and wrinkles. The third ingredient in this simple mask is tea tree oil, which is a major disinfectant and can dry out clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads. It’s really powerful so a little goes a long way. This 3-ingredient recipe is a great remedy to treat blemishes and hydrate simultaneously:

Ingredients:
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp castor oil
1-2 drops tea tree oil

Instructions:
1. Simply put all ingredients into a small bowl or jar and mix well. Apply this moisture mask before your nightly cleanse/toner routine but after you remove your makeup
2. Dampen your skin and scoop about 1/4 tsp onto a spoon. Transfer to your *clean* fingers, massage the mask into your skin
3. Let sit for 10-15 minutes
4. Rinse off, it will still have an oil-y residue, then cleanse and tone as you normally would

*I brought this mask on a 2 week excursion to Africa with me, and it helped my skin from drying out or becoming too oily.  Use this mask 2 times/week. Store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap; it will last up to 1 month!

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