Posted on: September 29, 2016 at 10:55 am
Last updated: September 27, 2017 at 11:18 am

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In North America, we spend billions of dollars on skincare lines that contain harmful ingredients many which have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive issues. I have a better solution—apply food to your face.

Applying food to your face is not only a safe alternative but in many cases much cheaper.  Every day, we are discovering new information about our bodies biggest organ, our skin. We know now that our skin is not  just a barrier, but rather, capable of absorption and orchestrating various complex chemical reactions the effects of which are transmitted deep into our bodies.


In order to keep my skin nourished and protected, I use the following natural wonder foods that promote healing and anti-aging.

List of Ingredients You Should Avoid

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS/SES)
  • Added dyes or colors
  • Fragrance (a company’s unique chemical mess)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Triclosan
  • Toluene
  • Aluminum

For more information check out the user-friendly Red List ingredients to avoid featured on

Natural Alternatives

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and healthy acids, including capric, and lauric acid. These acids are antimicrobial and help fight off acne causing bacteria. In addition, coconut oil has the ability to deeply penetrate into the pores to remove dirt and pollution. To top it all off, coconut oil hydrates and lubricate the skin to promote healing and improve elasticity.

Matcha Green Tea Powder

Matcha is high in antioxidants which may assist in reducing acne associated redness and improving the elasticity of the skin. Many people report an evening of skin tone as well.



Believe it or not, honey is a great moisturizer. It hydrates while reducing redness. It is also antibacterial and antiseptic. Honey is used as a dressing for burns due to the activity of hydrogen peroxide that is produced by an enzyme in honey.

Lemon juice

Lemon not only smells great it is a natural astringent which acts a natural toner for your skin. By strengthening the walls of capillaries, it reduces redness and tightens pores. Lemon also lifts your mood while providing your skin with a boost of vitamin C.

Matcha Green Tea and Coconut Oil Face Mask Recipe

This four-ingredient mask is quick and easy to make and can be made in advance and stored for future use. I find that mixing the Matcha into the honey first creates the desired smooth consistency.

This results in a thick but smooth,  moisturizing face mask that I have seen personal benefits from using about once a week. The directions below are for a single use, but if required you can make larger patches sticking with the 1:1:1 ingredient ratio.


  • Coconut oil
  • Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • Raw Honey
  • Lemon Juice


  1. Mix Coconut oil, Matcha Green Tea Powder and Honey in a 1:1:1 ratio and add a splash of lemon juice.
  2. For a single use, I use about 1 teaspoon of each ingredient.
  3. The combination will create a nourishing and moisturizing, thick paste for your skin.
  4. Spread on your face and neck and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove with warm water. Use once a week.

Other Foods to Put On Your Face

There is no one, right way to make a food face mask. Half the fun is experimenting with ingredients and finding what mix best suits your skin. If you have dry skin, try mixing the matcha powder in an oil such as olive oil or castor oil. If your skin is red try including an astringent in your recipe such as lemon or vinegar. Here is a list of foods to play around with.

  • Avocado
  • Yogourt
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Oatmeal
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Banana
  • Olive Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Turmeric
  • Egg Whites

Have you ever created a DIY Food Face Mask? What are your favorite ingredients to use?

Breanne Kallonen
Naturopathic Doctor (Student)
I believe you deserve the best possible health outcomes and I am committed to helping you get there. I am a mom of two, a wife and a Naturopathic Medical Intern at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic in Toronto, Ontario. I studied Biomedical Sciences (H.BSc) at the University of Guelph and maintained honors standing throughout the program.

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