Get soft, glowing skin with a DIY facial
Take a moment for yourself and for your skin by whipping up a batch of Radiance! This gentle homemade face mask will give your complexion a healthy glow and leave your skin oh-so-soft.
Of all our face mask recipes, this is the one we’re most proud of! To create it, we brought together a ton of wonderful ingredients: colloidal oatmeal to hydrate and soften, jojoba oil to nourish your skin without weighing it down, Damascus rose hydrosol to tone, and vitamin C to give your skin a healthy glow. A few of us at COCOÉCO have already made several batches of it and given some to our friends and family—a sure measure of an irresistible recipe.
So why resist? Offer your skin a bit of Radiance and you’ll glow like summer days … even if they seem so far away!
How to make a face mask for glowing skin
Before you begin
In this face mask recipe, we recommend starting with the electric mini-mixer (with the whisk attachment) in order to prime the oily gel, then switching to a regular whisk when the mixture becomes too thick for the electric one. You may choose to use a manual whisk throughout, but keep in mind that you’ll need to whisk vigorously from the point when the oily gel begins to form right up until it has fully gelled (steps 7 and 8). So, if you opt for the 100% manual option, be sure to warm up your arm muscles!
- 10 g (10%) sucragel
- 20 g (20%) jojoba oil
- 2 g (2%) elderberry extract
- 1 g (1%) vitamin E
- 1 g (1%) rosewood essential oil
- Three small stainless steel bowls
- Small silicone spatula
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- A few pipettes
- Mini-mixer with frothing and whisk attachments
- A few spoons
- Amber glass jar (100 ml)
Good to know!
- Sucragel lets you make cold emulsions, meaning that you don’t have to heat your phases to emulsify them in most cases. This makes sucragel a perfect emulsifier for preserving precious, heat-sensitive additives. It’s also very gentle on your skin (even sensitive skin) and rinses off easily without leaving a greasy film.
- Jojoba oil is perfect for all skin types and doesn’t clog pores.
- Damascus rose hydrosol comforts redness-prone skin. You can replace it with an equal quantity of demineralized water or the hydrosol of your choosing.
- Guar gum is a stabilizing and thickening agent used to form an aqueous gel with the Damascus rose hydrosol. We advise against replacing it with another gum, as this may affect the texture or stability of your homemade face mask.
- Colloidal oatmeal softens and comforts skin.
- Gum Arabic has a firming effect on your skin.
- Vitamin C is a very useful cosmetic active that helps restore your skin’s radiance.
- Rosewood essential oil revitalizes and softens your skin, while leaving it looking firmer. However, you can choose to replace it with the essential oil or aromatic essence of your choosing.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the Damascus rose hydrosol and the colloidal oatmeal in the first bowl. Mix with the mini-mixer, using the frothing attachment (the small wheel), until the mixture is homogeneous.
- Weigh the guar gum in a ramekin and add it to the hydrosol and colloidal oatmeal mixture. Mix well using the small spatula and let stand for 10 minutes. This time is necessary to allow your phase A gel to form.
- Weigh the phase B ingredients in a ramekin.
- Weigh the sucragel in the second bowl.
- Weigh the rest of the phase C ingredients (jojoba oil, elderberry extract, vitamin E, and essential oil) in the third bowl. Mix using the small spatula until the mixture is homogeneous.
- Beat the sucragel with the mini-mixer, using the whisk attachment, until it forms a whitish gel.
- Using a pipette, incorporate the mixture from step 6 drop by drop while continuing to mix with the mini-mixer, still using the whisk attachment. When the mixture becomes too thick for the electric whisk, continue to mix with a small manual whisk until all of the mixture from step 6 is incorporated. It’s important to add this mixture drop by drop, otherwise the emulsion won’t gel properly. When the gel has formed and all of the mixture from step 6 has been added, leave it to rest for 10 minutes. You will then have your phase C.
- After the 10 minutes are up, mix your phase A again with the small spatula before adding phase B to phase A. Mix well with the small spatula until the gel is homogeneous.
- Gradually add your mixture from step 9 to phase C, beating the mixture with a small whisk between each addition. Continue to whisk until homogeneous.
- Pour the mixture into the jar. Your homemade face mask is ready!
Use and conservation
This DIY face mask is formulated for all skin types. To use, apply it to your skin after cleansing, leave on for five to ten minutes, then rinse off with fresh water before proceeding with your usual beauty routine.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least three months, stored at room temperature.