Happy Friday my friends! I haven’t done a Beyond Food Friday post in a while since I’ve been busy sharing yummy (IMHO) recipes and some “fun” Army Wife Problems posts so I figured it was about time. This week we are talking face masks…
Although not absolutely necessary, especially when used in conjunction with the oil cleansing method, deep cleansing face masks can do wonders for the skin. Especially for those like me who are still dealing with some hormonal acne, and those who have a bad habit of touching and picking at their skin, making it much worse than it would be otherwise (I may or may not be talking about myself here).
I have two masks that have been my go-to lately when I’m feeling like my skin needs a little extra TLC. One is my clay mask and the other is my colostrum & honey mask. They are both incredibly cleansing and healing but have slightly different benefits. Clay is an incredible resource in skin health because it is rich in minerals and has the ability to detoxify the skin. Clay carries a charge and acts almost like a magnet to draw out any impurites, and when used with apple cider vinegar, a natural toner that works to balance the skin’s pH and neutralize the bad bacteria, it can be a skin clearning powerhouse!
Thanks to the healing powers of colostrum and the antibacterial properties of raw manuka honey, the colostrum & honey mask is another fabulous alternative. When I posted a picture of my bottle of colostrum on instagram I got a few questions asking what it was. Anyone who has ever given birth will know that colostrum is the first milk produced by the mother just prior to and immediately following the birth of a child. The colostrum we are using here though comes from cows (after the calves have already gotten their share) and not from humans. But the effect is the same. Colostrum is full of immune and growth factors that help to pass the mother’s immunity on to their offspring and provide it with the nutrients it needs. These immune and growth factors can be incredibly healing beyond infancy though. Colostrum helps to repair and regenrate the tissues of the skin from the outside, and when ingested can help repair the gut lining which helps to heal the skin from the inside. Manuka honey is also incredibly healing. Its antibacterial properties help to kill off the bad bacteria that can lead to acne. It also contains natural enzymes that help to heal the skin much like enzyme peels do, but in a more natural and less harsh way. Manuka honey also helps reduce the appearance of scars and speeds healing. So by pairing these two incredible ingredients together we are getting one super powered healing mask!
If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll also add a couple of drops of my favorite skin nourishing essential oils like lavender, frankinsence, tea tree, and lemon (my favorite EO brand is Young Living). I have noticed an incredible change in my skin since I began using these face masks on a regular basis. My skin is clearer, marks and redness from my horrible picking habit are alleviated much quicker, and my skin is so much softer than it ever has been. I typically do one treatment of each mask per week, one during the week and one on the weekend. I will also use these same ingredients to spot treat when needed. Although masks are powerful healing tools, you can overdo it, so I would stick to 1-2 times per week depending on your skin needs. One last note, make sure you do not use a metal bowl or utensil to mix the clay mask in. Like I said, it works like a magnet so use glass or wood instead.
To learn more about how to heal your skin from the inside out, as well as the outside in I highly recommend The Skintervention Guide by Liz Wolfe. From healing your digestion to nutrient dense foods to eat for skin health, Liz covers everthing you need to know about how to eat to heal and nourish your skin. She also provides all sorts of natural remedies to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and exfoliate your skin, as well as body, hair, and nails. Her suggestions range from the simplest of ingredients to fancier combinations of products so you can choose what works for you depending on your budget, interest, and time available. This book is chock full of information and it has been my number one tool in my skin healing journey!
Doing a face mask on a lazy weekend night, in addition to being a powerful healing tool for my not so perfect skin, is also an awesome relaxation tool. So get your ingredients together, apply the face mask, and grab a copy of the Skintervention Guide to read while you let the mask work its magic!
In vibrant health,