Here is a fabulous facial mask to get your skin feeling heavenly during these seasonal changes. Full of amazing ingredients to draw out impurities, improve circulation and keep your skin feeling great as we spend time outdoors in this autumn weather. French green clay is wonderfully toning, helps reduce inflammation, and can even help rid the body of toxins. It makes a great skin soothing DIY face mask.
A few of my favorite herbs to add to any DIY face mask are chamomile, rose, and calendula. I use my little $14 electric coffee grinder to grind the flowers to a fine powder, then add them to the green clay. Chamomile is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also considered to be hypoallergenic with the ability to neutralize skin irritants. Calendula is very soothing and helps fight inflammation. Rose compounds condition the skin in a way you can feel as soon as they are applied. They work to moisturize, brighten and protect skin from trans-epidermal water loss and airborne pollutants.
Lastly, I added a few of my favorite essential oils: Myrrh, Frankincense, and Elemi. These oils are skin regenerating, help reverse and prevent damage from free radicals, and for reducing inflammation and the appearance of fine lines. They are great oils to use on mature skin (not that I am getting old or anything!). Also, wonderful for young skin too!
This DIY face mask tones, soothes, and improves skin’s natural look and feel. I find that it works well with my skin. Be sure to follow up with a natural moisturizer, if you find your skin is dry after using the mask. I prefer to use Young Living's ART Intensive Moisturizer with 3-4 drops of Essential Beauty Serum (the STAR of my skincare routine). These heavenly products keep my skin so soft and smooth and hydrated.
FLORAL GREEN CLAY MASK
Ingredients: 6 Tbsp French green clay 1 Tbsp organic calendula flowers, finely ground 1 Tbsp organic rose petals, finely ground
1 Tbsp organic chamomile flowers, finely ground
2 drops Myrrh essential oil
2 drops Frankincense essential oil
2 drops Elemi essential oil
Directions: Mix together all dry ingredients in a glass bowl. Add the drops of essential oils and stir until incorporated and transfer ingredients to a glass jar with airtight lid for storage. (It will stay fresh for about 2 months or so.)
Usage: Measure out 1 tablespoon of the facial mask mixture. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of warm distilled water or brewed herbal tea - I like to use chamomile or rose - and mix well until the mask forms a loose paste. (You want the paste thick enough to stay on your face without dripping.) Use your fingers to smooth the mask onto your face, keeping it away from your eyes, nostrils and mouth. Let the mask start to harden for about 5 to 10 minutes while you watch your favorite autumn movie or enjoying a cup of tea amidst the fall colors. Rinse your face with a damp, warm cloth and gently remove all residue until you reveal your most beautiful self! Moisturize!!
If you have blemish-prone skin, it may be useful to use organic, RAW apple cider vinegar (ACV), instead of distilled water to make your paste.
For herbs and clays, I source from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I use Young Living Essential Oils. Please do NOT put drugstore "essential oils" on your skin! Their quality and purity are extremely low, they are often full of synthetic oils and fillers, and may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Use only the purest, therapeutic grade oils when applying topically, diffusing, or ingesting. For our family, that brand is Young Living Essential Oils.