Around this time of year my skin starts to get a major case of the blahs. It’s both dry and oily coming off the change of season and it’s overall confused. So I whip up this quick little mask to boost it’s tone, texture and clarity. It’s simple but packs all the punch you need.
The base of our mask is french green clay. Everyone has their favorite clay to use when making a clay mask and green is hand’s down my favorite. It’s purifying, very drawing and feels so good on one’s skin. The second ingredient is raw honey. I add raw honey to every single mask I make which is a testament to how beneficial I think it is. It’s a humectant, has a natural pH, is antiseptic and antimicrobial. It’s really important you use a honey that is authentically ‘raw’ so as to preserve the natural enzymes in the honey. The third ingredient is distilled water or your favorite hyrdrosol. This element simply allows the mask to liquefy and make it pliable. And lastly, our tour-de-force ingredient, the essential oils of your choosing.
Everyone’s skin is obviously different so when setting out to make your mask focus on essential oils that will aid your skin instead of harm it. Below I put together a short list of oils and their different properties:
LAVENDER: good for inflammation, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, burns, combats excess sebum. Good for all skin types.
CLARY SAGE: good for acne and balancing oil production. Good for oily skin.
GERANIUM: good for cell regeneration, circulation, anti-inflammatory skin issues: acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, burns, bruises and broken capillaries. Good for combination skin.
FRANKINCENSE: good for inflammation, cell regeneration, acne, wrinkles, balancing skin tone and texture. Good for mature skin.
NEROLI: good for cell regeneration and mature skin, balances sebum production. Good for all skin types.
The benefit of essential oils is endless but not all essential oils are good for direct application to the skin! Each type has a very particular safety protocol so peruse websites and resources that really know what they’re talking about. My personal favorite is: naturesgift.com. There is a ton of misinformation on the internet about natural remedies and it's important to find a reliable and consistent source to avoid harm. Nature is powerful!