Aloe Vera Gel and Oat Flour Face Mask

I get very dry skin the winter. It’s no fun so I’ve been experimenting over the years to find ways to keep my skin hydrated. Of course, I drink plenty of water everyday and I moisturize but it’s not enough for my skin.

Aloe vera gel is an excellent moisturizer, it soothes skin inflammations, and it contains healing properties. Oatmeal contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it ideal for sensitive skin. I like to combine them for a face mask every morning in the winter for extra protection.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 1 tbsp oat flour

Instructions:

  1. You can buy oat flour or you can make your own by putting oats in a food processor and processing them until they are a smooth, flour consistency.
  2. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply to your clean, dry face, avoiding the eye area.
  3. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and gently wash off.
  4. Apply a good moisturizer or face oil.

 

Greek Yogurt Face Mask

You may have heard recently that the US House of Representatives passed a bill that bans the sale of products containing microbeads. This is so important because 8 billion microbeads make their way into our lakes, rivers, and streams every day! You can read here about why these microbeads are so bad for the environment and us.

You don’t need these harmful microbeads to exfoliate your skin. Greek yogurt is a great, gentle exfoliator. Yogurt contains lactic acid, that dissolves dead skin cells. When you rid the skin of dead, dry skin cells, you create a smoother appearance. This also helps to prevent breakouts and lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

If you want to lighten and brighten your skin, add a squirt of lemon juice to your mask. Or if you are experiencing dry skin, add a squirt of honey. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it sucks moisture in the air into your skin. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse it away.I follow up my honey mask with a paste made from baking soda and water, just to feel like I’m really getting rid of all the dead skin. Follow up with a moisturizer. I like to splash Rose Wateron my skin after the mask then apply a moisturizer and a squirt of Jojoba Oil. I apply this mask 2-3 times a week.

 

Sunday Skin Care Fun!

I love making my own body care products. When I have time on the weekends I try to steam my skin and make a face mask that addresses whatever skin issues I’m experiencing. Lately, I’ve felt like my skin is clogged and could use a mask to remove the impurities. Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles is my favorite resource. The mask I am going to share today is from her wonderful book. I highly recommend doing this routine before bed, your skin will be a little red for awhile.

First Step: Cleanse Your Face

I like to use coconut oil to clean my face. Oils are great for removing impurities and bacteria from deep within the pores! I give myself a face massage with the oil, which is great for getting youthful, glowing skin! Next I use warm water to dampen a clean, soft towel and I gently wipe away the oil.

Second Step: Steam Your Face

You can prepare this before you wash your face so it is ready by the time you are done. There are plenty of great steam recipes in the book I mentioned but, I keep it simple and just add a handful of dried chamomile flowers and a drop or two of lavender essential oil  to a pot of distilled water and bring it to a boil. I let it steep for five minutes. While it is steeping I look up a meditation on the Stop, Breathe & Think App that is 10 minutes long. Then I find a towel and a comfortable place to sit, drap the towel over my head, shoulders, and the pot and listen to the prompts of the meditation. If you don’t want to use a meditation app, you can set a 10 minute timer and breathe deeply. Be careful not to have your head too close to the pot, about 10 to 12 inches works. Steaming your skin also makes it more radiant and dewy.

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Third Step: Face Mask

You should choose a mask based on the needs of your skin. Today I chose a mask that is drying to suck out the impurities in my pores. The recipe is based on one from the afore mentioned book but I tweaked it to suit my preferences.

Green Goddess Purifying Clay Mask

1 tsp French green clay
1 tsp Activated charcoal
1 tsp Aloe Vera Jelly
2 drops Helichrysum essential oil
splash Rose water

In a small bowl, add the first four ingredients, slowly add the rose water until you form a smooth, spreadable paste. Apply to your face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. This is a drying mask so it will make your skin feel tight. Rinse when you are ready.

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Fourth Step: Moisturize

This is very, very important step especially in the winter. My skin easily gets dry and flaky so I layer moisturizers. I’m not going to recommend any because honestly I have not found or made one I’m 100% satisfied with. First, I apply an eye cream, making sure to use my ring finger to dab it in. This skin is very sensitive and using your ring finger is the most gentle method. Then I apply a cream moisturizer to my face making sure to apply it in an upwards, sweeping motion and I don’t skip my neck! I let that soak in for a few minutes then I apply a nickel size amount of JoJoba oil.

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