Chocolate facial mask! What more could you want? Besides a brownie?
The driving idea behind this facial mask is that cocoa contains antioxidants which can prevent or repair damage to the skin (and other parts of the body). Whether the antioxidants can truly be absorbed through the skin or not is up to debate. But aside from that controversy, this facial mask is deliciously moisturizing and well worth it. It’s a fun and easy beauty trick to create–right out of your cupboard.
I first heard about chocolate facial masks in a discussion on the Chickens in the Road forum. I was intrigued with the idea and started searching around. I found variations on this facial mask everywhere. I thought about what I had available to me and what made sense to me and created my own. (And I suggest you do the same!) I used the cocoa powder (a standard in all recipes I found–there for the antioxidants) along with honey (for nourishment), cream cheese (for moisturizing, my own choice), and oatmeal (for the scrubby quality). I saw recipes with all variations from light cream to heavy cream to cottage cheese.
I went with cream cheese because it just made more sense to me. (I didn’t see any recipes calling for cream cheese in this mask.) I saw recipes with heavy cream, light cream, and even cottage cheese. (Cottage cheese?!) Heavy cream is for butter, people!!! Or whipped cream! Not going there. Light cream just seems too……light. Too thin. Cottage cheese is…lumpy. Cream cheese is thick and smooth. And I always have lots of it. Feel free to experiment with this recipe to suit yourself and what you have on hand.
The oatmeal is optional–if you want to include it, when you wash the mask off, scrub a bit before washing it off to exfoliate. If your skin is sensitive, leave it out and take the moisturizing and nourishing straight with no scrubbing.
These measurements are by volume.
How to make Chocolate Cream Facial Mask:
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1/4 cup honey
3 teaspoons oatmeal (optional)
Combine in a blender or food processor. I used this mini food processor that I forgot I had and just rediscovered while unpacking a box.
Put everything in there and blend till smooth.
It makes a dark, rich concoction that looks like you need to go frost it on a cake.
Use a small spoon or a finger and spread it all over your face. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. During this time, feel free to think about the meaning of life.
SUZANNE!!!! Did you not have enough trouble the last time you posted photos of yourself with all that hair and makeup advice? Must you post another photo of yourself, this time with chocolate in your eyebrows? You’re not even wearing mascara.
Yes, yes, I must. Because when I posted about the brown sugar scrub, I got complaints for not posting a photo of myself wearing the brown sugar scrub. I live to please.
Yeah, I know. I’m in trouble now.
Anyway–this will keep in the fridge for a few weeks so you can enjoy it over and over. Then make some more.
And make some brownies.
Cuz you’re gonna want some. Trust me.
You gotta love that face mask, when your done you can eat it! I can’t wait to try it OUT! I am siting here with my daughter and that is what we are going to do tomorrow! Thanks :snoopy:
On May 12, 2010 at 2:00 am
Hmmm might have to try this. But ummm wow you are a brave woman for taking pictures of yourself like that. lol. Glad you can please the masses. 🙂 Is your face nice and soft today??
On May 12, 2010 at 6:50 am
LOL! Do you eat it off or rinse it off?
On May 12, 2010 at 7:33 am
A brave, brave woman! 😆
No reason you couldn’t eat it! Chocolate, honey, cream cheese… pure goodness!
On May 12, 2010 at 7:36 am
This gives a new meaning to “looks good enought to eat”. Gotta try it sans oatmeal – sensitive redhead skin! Thanks for another great idea.
On May 12, 2010 at 7:39 am
That is sure frugal at its best!love it will have to try someday. Is there any updates on the garden?
On May 12, 2010 at 7:57 am
Suzanne McMinn says:
robin–not much has happened in the garden yet! Maybe this weekend!
On May 12, 2010 at 8:39 am
Oh, boy! Part of today’s regimen will definitely be having a facial!! There might even be some controversy about who gets to lick it off… :sun:
On May 12, 2010 at 8:27 am
Another scrub to try…yeah! And I don’t care what anyone says, you’re cute as a button with all that chocolate goo on your face!
On May 12, 2010 at 9:17 am
mary kellogg says:
I think you need to be on “What Not to Wear” They could give you a makeover.
I don’t think they’ve had a farmer on there before.
On May 12, 2010 at 9:21 am
Suzanne—-what did it do to your skin? Moisturize, tighten pores, etc…………… There are so many facial products with different outcomes, and I was curious if the coco did anything special, beside making you look like a living brownie.
On May 12, 2010 at 9:25 am
Suzanne McMinn says:
blueberrylu–it’s moisturizing! The cocoa is supposed to supply antioxidants.
On May 12, 2010 at 9:34 am
Sheila Z says:
Brownie facial looks like blackface makeup. You really do look like you are right out of the silent movie era.
On May 12, 2010 at 9:44 am
Mmmmm, I bet that smelled good! Certainly showed off your pretty eyes. Chocolate mud – should have known it would happen. But, I just want a brownie.
On May 12, 2010 at 9:48 am
I love your blog…educational and very funny …You always make me laugh..and yes I will try it, easy to make and the kids will love to help… :hug:
On May 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm
I better leave this alone…. I’m a choco-acholic.. lol
On May 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Using chocolate for anything other than eating is blasphemous to me – lol! But if I wasn’t a chocoholic, I would definitely try it!
On May 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm
LOL, LOVE the pics! Wonder what this stuff would taste like if I cooked it??? Haha.
On May 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Miss Becky says:
I LOVE THE PICS OF YOU SUZANNE!!! Your are so funny :heart:
On May 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm
That is too funny. I will have to make an afternnon of it with my sister and have a good time with it. We can bake at the same time! So did your skin feel really good afterwards? :ladybug:
On May 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm
LOL you’re a brave woman Suzanne. I think I’m going to have to make some and see how well it does….I need all the help I can get! You look cute by the way…love the last picture cause it shows the REAL you LOL…that’s why we all love you you know. Have a great day…Maura
On May 13, 2010 at 10:16 am
Looks like you had fun with it! Good job! Thanks for sharing the recipe! You are a hoot! Keep up the good work! 🙂
On May 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Miss Candiquik says:
HAHA! Love it. Have tried other “homemade” facial masks, but none however with chocolate. This is the next one… Thanks! :happypuppy:
On May 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Snort!! nuf said. You are too cute. I wish I had some of you farming gals living in my neck of the woods. It is lonely living in a world of modern women.
On May 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm
Suzanne, I just love reading your your crafts, barn, recipes…everything on this blog. I smile or laugh at something everyday on here. 😆 LUV IT, this would be fun with the kids. Thanks so much for being a fun inspiration, your kids’ friends have got to be jealous. Everyone needs a mommy like you. :happyflower:
On May 19, 2010 at 11:39 am
Amanda Johnson says:
i just tried it this afternoon before i cam to work. The facial itself was waonderful, but i didn’t have a food processor, and found that it didn’t want to mix well with the mixer. I also had to add about three tablespoons of water to get everything to mix togeather. I think next time i will try some yougart instead of the cream cheese, but either way it was great, and it didn’t taste bad either.
On February 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm