Let’s talk football and food: Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day after Thanksgiving. After all, who doesn’t love to indulge in some comfort food like wings, nachos, and guacamole while rooting on their favorite team?
However, food can be used for more than just feeding your stomach. Why not nourish your skin while you’re at it?
While you’re in the kitchen whipping up your favorite snack for the big game, you can also use some of those same ingredients to whip up the beautifying skin masks below. Who said football and fabulous skin can’t go hand-in-hand? Sounds like a win-win! (And if you need further evidence, just check out Mrs. Tom Brady, aka Gisele Bündchen, who’s living proof!)
If you’re making guacamole … try an avocado mask.
Holy, guacamole! Across the country, Americans will consume 120 million pounds of heart-healthy avocados during Super Bowl week. After you finish with the chips, be sure to save a few green goodies for a face mask. Avocado is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, meaning it’s hydrating and anti-inflammatory. Additionally, it is packed with vitamin A (which is a form of retinol and antiaging), vitamin E, and potassium. Combined with the yogurt and honey, this mask will replenish and rejuvenate dull, dry skin.
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 3 teaspoons plain yogurt
Mash the ingredients and blend together until they are all a similar consistency. Spread on clean skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
If you’re making margaritas … try a coconut lime body scrub.
Nothing goes better with guacamole than a pitcher of refreshing margaritas. If you love the combination of coconut and lime, start your game day by slathering on this tropical-themed scrub in the shower. It not only smells delicious, but also will leave you with smooth, hydrated skin.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Combine all ingredients together and massage on skin. Rinse and pat dry. You can combine the leftover mixture in a mason jar or other container for later use.
If you’re making spinach artichoke dip … try a spinach lemon mask.
The appetizers for game day don’t have to stop with chips and salsa. Spinach artichoke dip is another popular option. And it turns out that Popeye was onto something: Spinach is packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, and folate. The healthy benefits extend to your skin. The abundance of vitamins and minerals found in this vegetable can help clear acne and give you a more radiant complexion. Plus, the lemon juice in this mask can brighten skin thanks to its citric acid, along with lemons’ antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Note: Those with sensitive skin should not use this mask, as lemon can exacerbate skin issues. Keep away from eyes.
- 9-10 fresh spinach leaves
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
Chop or blend fresh spinach in a food processor, then combine with lemon and honey. The mixture will be sticky, but spread on face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
If you’re making chili … try a turmeric face mask.
Time for the main course, and you’re probably thinking chili, right? If you still need a recipe, the Obama family swears by this version that includes a secret ingredient: turmeric. This ancient spice is purported to not only have healing properties, but it’s also a beauty secret weapon.
High in antioxidants, turmeric helps with inflammation and improves skin’s texture, tone, and clarity. Combined with the moisturizing properties of honey and yogurt, this mask will make skin positively glow.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
Combine all ingredients together and spread evenly on the face. Let is sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse.
Note: Be careful to wear older clothing or something you don’t care about getting dirty. Turmeric is bright in color and can easily stain.
If you’re making chocolate chip cookies or brownies … try a chocolate oatmeal mask.
Time for the game’s fourth quarter and dessert. Don’t forget to treat yourself to something sweet. Contrary to the old wives’ tale that chocolate makes you break out, cocoa is actually an antioxidant. The flavonoids found in chocolate protect the skin from free radicals, plus it just smells divine.
- dark cocoa powder (70 percent cacao or greater)
- 2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 3 tablespoons oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon honey
Combine all ingredients until you have a brownie batter-like texture. Spread over face, avoiding the eye area, and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Try to resist the temptation to eat!