DIY Spice Masks from Rianna Loving - A Girl's Gotta Spa!

DIY Spice Masks from Rianna Loving

What was once used solely for herbal remedies and medicinal purposes is now taking on a new twist in the beauty and skincare world. Spices are what Cirque Boutique/Beauty Cirque founder, Rianna Loving is indulging in this winter to help keep skin pristine and hydrated.

Rianna advises to head to the kitchen cupboard (or local spice market) for additional flavor to include in your next beauty mask!

Cayenne Pepper
½ Ripped Avocado
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (if you have sensitive skin, use 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon of raw cocoa powder

Directions: Mix raw cocoa powder and cayenne pepper then blend avocado into mix until the texture is smooth.

Use it to: Increase blood flow and circulation and fight off breakouts. Enriched with vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, antioxidants and additional necessary nutrients to provide a healthy immune and digestive system.

1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
½ tablespoon of almond meal
1 teaspoon of Paprika

Directions: Mix paprika and almond meal in a bowl then slowly pour jojoba oil into the mixture. Blend until all ingredients are evenly combined.

Use it to: Brighten complexion, treat and prevent age spots and protect skin from damaging effects of pollutants and environmental factors. Paprika is also high in Iron and Beta-Carotene, known to aid in preventing wrinkles.

1 cup of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of turmeric
1/2 cup of shea butter

Directions: Apply coconut oil and shea butter in bowl, mix well until smooth then slowly apply turmeric and blend well until all is even.

Use it to: Even out wrinkles and limit stretch marks. It also heals acne and has great anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin is known to have potential anti-cancer properties and is a popular anti-aging ingredient in beauty.


Larissa Stevens
Larissa Stevens
I know cayenne pepper can burn in cuts, eyes, the mouth, etc. How does the cayenne pepper face mask feel? Any additional discomfort beyond what you experience with any other face mask? I gotta admit, I’m very intrigued…
Shannon Smyth
Shannon Smyth
Hi Larissa, Rianna advises to not use the cayenne pepper mask on broken or irritated skin. If you are less sensitive to spices, use half a teaspoon instead of one teaspoon and it is imperative that a spot check is done before applying to the entire face. The purpose of the cayenne pepper is to help stimulate the blood flow of the skin, which helps improve redness, eliminate the appearance of acne and acne marks. The avocado will help restore and hydrate the skin with natural oil, raw cocoa is high in antioxidants which helps repair the skin from skin tissue damages. Hope this helps.

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