Spring is here and we naturally want to lighten up. Our bodies start a natural cleanse, ridding themselves of excess fats and toxins accumulated over the cold winter months. To gently encourage the renewal process and purify of your skin, plants and other natural ingredients can nourish, pamper, cleanse and leave you with smooth radiance.
Many of the skin and body care preparations, even the so-called natural ones, may contain highly toxic and irritating ingredients. Because skin can absorb up to 60% of those chemicals, they can all be potentially harmful. Once in our bodies, our fatty tissues store these chemicals, leading to a host of potential problems.
Try this natural homemade face mask recipe and other tips to safely beautify the skin and leave you glowing.
Homemade face mask recipe
Clay masks have been used for centuries for the purification of both the face and body. With their high mineral content and colloidal properties, clay masks gently exfoliate, increase circulation, remove toxins, hydrate, calm inflammation and soften the skin.
¼ cup white clay, plus more to thicken the mixture if necessary
Pure aloe vera juice or purified water
2 drops of rosewood, lavender, frankincense or German chamomile essential oil
Use a bowl made of enamel, wood, glass or stainless steel – do not use plastic. Mix the clay and liquid until it forms a smooth paste. Stir in the chosen essential oil. Using fingers, apply the mask onto freshly cleansed face and neck, in a thin layer and leave it on until it dries completely, about 15-25 minutes. Remove with warm water and finish with cold water to tone skin.
Skin brushing is an effective way to stimulate circulation, boost lymphatic drainage and eliminate toxins through the pores of your skin. Dry brushing also encourages new skin cells to regenerate and boost collagen production, which in turn helps elasticity. Try it everyday before shower or bath!
You’ll need a loofah sponge, a long-handle natural bristle brush or a washcloth. Start by brushing the feet and ankles, in long circular strokes, always brushing from the extremities toward the center of the body. This facilitates the removal of toxins from the lymph system. Then shower or jump in the bath to remove the dead surface cells.
This bath is designed to act as a circulatory stimulant and diuretic. Seawater and seaweeds are rich in important minerals and help rebalance your metabolism, relax muscles, and heal the skin.
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup unrefined sea salt
1 stick kombu seaweed
¼ cup dried rosemary leaves
¼ cup dried peppermint leaves
½ cup chopped fresh ginger root
5 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops sweet orange essential oil
Bring a large pan of water to boil. Remove from the heat and add the herbs, ginger and kombu. Cover and steep for 3 to 4 hours, then strain, squeezing infusion from the herbs. Turn on the bath and pour in the salt, baking soda and infusion. Add the essential oils and swish the water with your hands to blend. While soaking for 20 to 30 minutes, drink 2 full glasses of purified water with fresh lemon juice.
About the author:
Geneviève Blanchet is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She blends Asian tradition and modern western nutritional science with the wisdom of healing herbs. She is passionate about eating fresh, seasonal and nutrient-rich food and would like to share what she’d learn with you. www.lepetitchou.ca
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