Well here it is, my first "blog"...
There might be a "right" or "wrong" way to write one, but I was never one for following rules, so here goes nothing!
I love face masks and I also love DIY. I'll start with that. I love masks because they are SUPER easy to make and great for your skin and I enjoy DIY projects because they save money and more importantly allow you to customize your products and avoid harsh chemicals and preservatives found in shelf stored products.
When I originally started dabbling in home made DIY face treatments I had a hard time finding easy recipes that didn't turn into goo sliding off my face and onto my shirt. So, my goal is to give you some nice and easy face mask recipes (that'll stay on your face!) and leave your skin feeling clean, tight and fresh.
Now, I'm from Canada and as you probably, know our winters are frigid! My face tends to get pretty dry but somehow I still manage to have oily spots and occasional break outs. Now this recipe was originally intended for oily skin but it worked very nicely on my combination/dry/patchy skin today. If you have skin like mine currently, you can apply the mask strictly to the oily areas on your face. If you have oily skin then simply apply it to your entire face. Most importantly, start with a clean face.
You're only going to need a few things for this face mask; a plastic bowl, spatula, water, clay, honey, activated charcoal, (essential oil of your choice-optional) and a face towel.
Refer to my page about Essential Oils to determine which one would be right for your skin type.
I used ginger essential oil in mine because I love the smell and because it helps treat breakouts and moisturizes dry skin. I chose Kaolin Clay because it treats breakouts and absorbs excess oil.
You can use a different type of clay, just keep in mind that the measurement of water each one requires may be different, so start with a small amount and keep adding until it is the desired consistency. Also, if you prefer thicker clay simply add less water & if you prefer smoother clay add more.
Let's get started!
Once you have gathered your ingredients go ahead and get started!
Step 1. In a small glass, plastic bowl or container add your clay, activated charcoal, essential oil (optional) and honey.
Step 2. Slowly add the water into the mixture and stir in with spatula until clumps are gone.
Step 3. Apply the clay mask liberally to your face. You can use the same spatula or a applicator brush like the one pictured. If you prefer to use your finger, ensure that your hands are clean. Be sure that the application of the mask is even and smooth. Avoid going too close to your eyes or mouth. Don't forget your neck! You don't want to be that lady with the beautiful young face and wrinkly old neck, do you?
Step 4. Set a timer for 10 minutes and allow mask to dry. It will dry fairly quickly so keep a close eye on it to ensure you don't leave it on too long. Leaving your mask on too long can do more damage than good.
*For the full spa effect place some cucumber slices over your eyes!
*My mother always told me to keep a straight face while the mask is drying ( to avoid wrinkles) and although I haven't found anything online to substantiate that claim, I still listen to mom and avoid making any facial expressions.
Step 5. When you're ready to remove your mask, wet your face towel with warm water and gently remove the mask. I like to place the warm face towel over my face for a minute and then gently pat the mask off. Do not scrub. Be sure to wipe your hairline and neck of course.
Step 6. Rinse your face with some cool water. This will help close your pores. I personally don't like using a face wash after this treatment but you can if you'd like.
I was worried that after rinsing, my skin would feel dry, but it didn't, it felt quite smooth, toned and clean. It also nicely absorbed the face oil I applied.
One last thing, this DIY recipe is for one mask application. My recommendation is to use the entire mixture up, it can not be stored away for more than 24 hours because it is 100% natural and does not contain any preservatives.
Let me know how you liked this recipe! Feel free to comment or ask any questions below.
I hope you enjoyed my first blog! There will be many more to come because I love creating easy DIY self care products that make me and you feel good and don't break the bank.
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