Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Soothe Your Skin: My Edible Face Mask

I believe in putting on your skin what you would want in your body. Our skin is notably porous: it sweats out toxins but it also takes them in. What you put on your skin MATTERS because a hefty portion of it ends up in your bloodstream!

Do you want toxins and chemicals in your blood, many of which are proven hormone disruptors and linked to cancer. Would you take a lick of your perfume or lotion? Just asking.

It's all over the internet that your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it. While I'm a healthy skeptic at heart, and can't believe it would be that simple or cut and dry (and I can't seem to track down the source itself), I do believe it's important to consider what you're slathering directly onto your largest organ. I'm a huge advocate for reading nutrition labels AND for reading the labels on the back of your body products.

I've been researching all-natural, organic food-based face masks, and have tested my first recipes! I treated myself to one (well, two... the first was a near disaster) face masks this past Sunday...

The first one burned my face! I'd mixed up a concoction of oatmeal, green tea, honey, cinnamon and a squirt of aloe. The cinnamon is most suspect: I'd read that it has potent anti-inflammatory effects on the skin... and I'd also read to test some on the inside of your arm first (did not = mistake) and my face started burning and turning bright red almost immediately. So I washed that right off and looked for something more soothing.

Bingo. My second mask was not only much more soothing and simple, it was DELICIOUS! I ate all of the extra with my fingers! It has only 3 ingredients: Yogurt, Honey and Avocado. It left my skin feeling supple, dewy and fresh. I could feel and see the healthy glow.

Check out these amazing benefits!
  • Yogurt: loaded with vitamins and minerals, it replenishes withered skin, brightens and evens out skin coloration, moisturizes and nourishes, and its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties are great for breakouts.
  • Honey: protects your skin from free radicals, hydrates, is anti-inflammatory, and promotes new skin cell formation, which slows down the aging process!
  • Avocado: it's healthy oils deeply hydrate, replenish and protect skin cells, and vitamin C builds collagen to keep your skin strong and elastic

Sweet Green Beauty Edible Face Mask

2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tsp honey
spoonful avocado

Mash everything into a spread (mine wasn't completely smooth, you can see by how it dried) and spread it on your face, even under your chin and on your neck. Let dry for 15-20 minutes (read, have a snack, relax) and rinse off with lukewarm water. Gentle enough to do 2-3 times per week. Great for dry, oily, tired and breakout-prone skin. Enjoy!

Want to know more? Check out this resource: 10 Foods That Belong on Your Face!

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