Saturday, September 7, 2013

DIY Facial Masque Recipe - soothing, cleansing, brightening

There are so many topical body products for women - toners, moisturizers, scrubs, primers, lotions, and more. I've thrown in the towel on trying to keep up! For one thing, they're usually very expensive, or they are filled with harmful chemicals and skin-irritants. But even the top-end brands may contain parabens and synthetic minerals. To save myself the headache of checking labels, looking up words like stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, and rearranging my budget to fit my beauty wishes, I like to make many of my own beauty products out of all-natural and simple ingredients.
 I've been making and using a wonderful cleansing mask I can make using [high-quality] kitchen ingredients.
 In a small dish or saucer, pour 1/2 tsp Aluminum-free Baking Soda and 1/2 tsp raw honey. That's it! (measurements are 1:1 ratio) Then stir together with a toothpick until it looks thick and milky. Apply to your clean, makeup and dirt free face, and smear it all around with your fingers! It will feel funny at first, but I've come to really enjoy it. Let it sit for 10 minutes, or however long you feel comfortable with, but no more than 20 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and spritz with some organic rose water for an extra radiant feel and look.
 The raw, preferably organic honey soothes the skin and opens up the pores. Because it hasn't been heated and treated, it has every original nutrient and benefit that it is meant to have! And I always try to use organic when putting anything on or in my body. It will find its way to your blood stream either way!
 The aluminum-free baking soda pulls toxins out of your skin and flakes away dead skin cells, thus giving your face a bright, fresh look. Be sure to use aluminum-free, as aluminum is a soft metal that is toxic and irritating to the human body.
Bob's Red Mill (left) and Y.S
Organic Bee Farm (right)
 Refrain from using this masque too often - your body needs time to regenerate - but it really is gentle enough to use even on the most sensitive skin (although I wouldn't recommend it for a young child or baby).  I can usually tell right away if a product is abrasive, or has chemicals in it, because my skin is
so sensitive, and I use this scrub maybe once a month or more to detox the epidermis.
 So put in some harp music, soak your feet, and slice some cucumbers to place over your eyes. The DIY Spa Night is here!

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