#3: Give yourself a DIY, spa-tastic facial!

 

If you wouldn’t willingly ingest a toxic chemical, then why on earth would you ever put it on your face?

If you reaallllly think about it, it doesn’t quite make sense to use skincare products that contain more than 5+ ingredients in them, especially if these listed ingredients are exceptionally difficult to pronounce (the same goes for food). The more additives a product has, the less wholesome it is..

In my opinion, when it comes to both food + skincare—it’s best to keep it organic & simple.

 

Your skin, often called the body’s third kidney, eliminates 1/3 of the body’s waste each day, which is why it’s so important to help your skin regenerate and repair itself with quality ingredients.

 

And to be honest, your skin can care less if you use Chanel or Dolce, or any other fancy-shmansy product that’s out on the market. In fact, your skin might even secretly loathe you for using products that might actually be incompatible, drying, or toxic…

 

So make sure you are cleansing your skin with mild soap or a good cleansing cream; cleansing creams containing natural emollients (such as marshmallow A. officinalis, cucumber, or slippery elm U. rubra) are effective because the mucilage in these herbs will help absorb dirt and grime from the pores.

 

It is absolutely crucial to take time to nourish your skin, so do not convince yourself otherwise! I don’t care how late you get back from da club missy!

 

Block out at least 15-30 mins. for some quality skin care lovin’…I promise you that you won’t look back and say “wow, I should’ve never taken extra good care of my skin!” Lol…

 

That being said, here is a list of some of my favorite holistic (face-care) remedies. P.S I knoooow you probably have at least 1-2 of these ingredients lingering in your fridge or pantry… 😉

 

I chose these remedies because they are GREAT for refining, toning, and improving the color and texture of your skin. Make sure to select remedies & recipes that are right for you and your skin needs! Have at it! 🙂

 

Quick remedies:

 

  • Spread plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt thickly on the face, leave for 10 minutes, and then wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Pat honey on the face, avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes. Leave for 10 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. This is great for dry skin (use raw or manuka honey).
  • Use oatmeal and lemon juice and a little milk (or yogurt) for oily areas. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off.
  • Freshly pulped fruits and veggies like avocado, papaya, strawberries, tomato and cucumber all make excellent facemasks. Use an electric blender or fork to mash the ingredients, put a shower cap or scarf around your hair, and apply the mixture. If not in the bath, lie down with your feet higher than your head for 10-20 minutes to relax. Take the time to listen to your favorite tunes, or try listening to natural therapeutic sounds. Wash the mask off with warm water when it feels tight!

Facial mask recipes

Dry Skin Mask:

 

Raw egg yolk (nourishes and softens): 1

Wheat germ oil (moisturizes): 1 tsp

Honey (moisturizes & softens): 1 tsp

Chamomile flowers (anti-inflammatory & soothing): 2 tbsp (you can use tea leaves)

 

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients into a smooth texture. Apply to a clean face, avoiding the area around the eyes. Lie down with your feet up to improve circulation. Leave until dry and wash off with warm water. Splash face with a mild toner to tighten pores afterwards.

 

Exfoliating Mask:

 

Papaya: ½

Strawberries: 3 to 4

 

Blend ingredients. Add brewer’s yeast or Fuller’s Earth if the mixture is too wet. Apply to the face, avoiding the area around the eyes. Apply cotton balls soaked in witch hazel over the eye area. Do not leave on for more than 10 minutes, particularly on sensitive skin. Papaya contains an enzyme that can leave the face rather raw. Splash face with lukewarm water.

 

Almond & Honey Facemask:

 

Raw/Manuka Honey: 2 tbsp

Ground almonds: 1 tbsp

 

Chop almonds finely. Then, blend both ingredients in a high-speed blender and apply to the face, avoiding the eyes. Rinse off after 10 minutes. Store in the refrigerator! (disclaimer: this one is rather icky-sticky, but the shiny, clean feeling you’ll get makes it totally worth it!)

 

 

Dead-cell Scrub:

 

Rolled oats or oatmeal

Ground almonds

Rose petals (rosa damascena): 2 tbsp.

(you can also use damascena rose oil)

 

Moisten with a little water if necessary. Mix all the ingredients and gently massage the mixture onto cleansed skin, using fingertips. Concentrate on areas where there are enlarged pores or dry, flaky skin. Avoid the delicate skin around the eyes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

 

Post your favorite mask recipe on Instagram (#101holisticways), or comment below about your spa-tastic experience!<333

P.S Did I mention that the BEST part about these whole-food DIY recipes is that you can (intentionally or unintentionally) ingest these remedies and absolutely NOTHING will happen to you; In fact, you might actually enjoy the taste. Lol. That’s the beauty of holistic, natural living 🙂

Enjoy beauties!

Much love,

Maritza<333

 

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