It will not come as a surprise that I am no lover of winter, but I will concede that it can be very pretty. I love the sparkle of morning frost, especially when a thin dusting of it adorns every tree branch, porch step, and fence post. On a perfectly crisp morning the neighborhood looks positively frosted in diamonds, and if I have the luxury of staying in all day with a big pot of tea, my mukluks, and a good book, that’s a pretty darn perfect day. Days like that are what inspired this Morning Frost Face Mask.
On days when we get a frost after a Chinook (a few days of unseasonably warm weather—the temperature can jump 20°C/70°F in a day or two) has blown through, you can see lots of golden grass poking out of the semi-melted snow on our prairie bluffs. When those golden stalks are coated in crystalline frost, it’s unbelievably beautiful. With that mental picture, I thought yellow + white would be a great starting point for this mask.
The base of the mask is soft white kaolin clay, rich coconut milk powder, and hydrating silk peptides. To that I added sunny yellow calendula petals, calming chamomile flowers, and anti-inflammatory marshmallow root. All of this was blended together in a coffee grinder to create a uniform powder that smells softly herbal and can easily be whisked into a wee bit of water to create a quick, simple face mask.
To use the mix, measure one teaspoon of warm water (or steeped tea) into a small bowl and slowly whisk in two teaspoons of the mask mix—you’ll end up with a thick, creamy mixture. Spread it over your face—you’ll find it’s a bit oatmeal-y, thanks to the addition of the herbs (and especially the marshmallow root, which gets a bit gummy when wet). Leave it to dry for approximately ten minutes before rinsing off and following up with a serum or face cream.
I love this mask for how simple and gentle this Morning Frost Face Mask is. There’s a wee hint of exfoliation thanks to the bits of herbs blitzed into it, which is great for keeping winter skin looking and feeling fresh, but without being too aggressive. Thanks to the coconut milk powder it’s not too drying, either, which I really appreciate. The soft herbal scent with a wee hint of coconut is lovely and not at all overwhelming. It’s brilliant for a day spent hibernating at home—I think you’ll love it.
Morning Frost Face Mask
Measure all the ingredients into your DIY-only coffee grinder, pop the lid on, and blend everything together for a full minute. Leave the lid on for another five to give the dust time to die down.
Before you remove the lid of your coffee grinder, give the lid and sides a few sharp raps with the back of a spoon to knock any powder that might’ve climbed up the sides of the grinder back down into the dish. Gently remove the lid, and give the mixture a stir. I found that the different weights and textures in this meant that one blending was sufficient to get a uniform blend, but if that’s not the case with your grinder, give the mixture a bit of a turn-over with a spoon, pop the lid on again, and blend for another minute. Repeat the wait and rap bit, and at that point your mixture should be uniform.
Transfer the mixture to a jar for use at a later date—you’ll need a jar that’s approximately 60mL (1/4 cup) to hold the mix.
To use, blend 2 tsp of the dry mixture into 1 tsp of warm water. Spread it across your face, let dry for 10–20 minutes, and rinse off. Follow up with your favourite moisturizer and enjoy your lovely complexion!