Taking better care of my skin. I need to do this! It’s on the list.
Yoga, fruits and veggies have been my ‘healthy regimen’ since deciding to have a ‘healthy regimen’.
Now that they’re a natural habit it’s time to expand.
So I’m focusing on hydration.
Drinking loads of water.
So far so good. But it’s still work and not a natural behavior. I need to focus a bit more. Learn to enjoy it.
Professionally cooking during the summer is disgusting. The heat is just too much and I find myself daydreaming of diving into the cool ocean water and passing the afternoon on a big floaty.
Sadly these aren’t possible. Yet.
So I’ve been making at home spa getaways. A DIY spa treatment.
The most important things are- quiet place to lay down comfortably, music, moisturizer, aloe plant and fresh produce.
The idea is to get clean, moist, and relax.
I like to take a long shower, wrap up my hands & feet in lotion/oil then plastic wrap or socks, apply the mask and lay for 30 minutes.
If you’re feeling really dedicated you can do a hair treatment as well and maybe a hands or feet exfoliation while sipping on a Spirulina cooler. Oooh yea.
Let’s talk aloe vera. The cactus. A plant. A hard to kill plant.
After many kitchen burns I know that an aloe plant is a must have in my house. They are the best medicine for burns. They also make great additions for masks as well as rehydrating hair. By mixing in cucumber and chamomile you’ll promote calming and cooling. A touch of oats help reduce irritation & dryness. Avocado works well too.
I cut a larger leaf from the plant and place it in the refrigerator or freezer for an hour. Let it get nice and cool before applying. When ready to use cut the borders off with scissors and peel the skin off collecting all the filling, a clear jelly goo.
It’s the best summertime mask- calm, relaxing, rehydrating.
*Remember when applying face mask it’s best to start by gently massaging the face to get the blood flowing. This will help your skin absorb the natural nutrients in the masks. Here are my recipes!
Calm & Cooling face mask ::
- 1 cup cucumber with skin
- .5 cup chamomile tea, brewed strong OR 2 drops chamomile extract (available at Casa Naturista in BA)
- 1 TBS oat flour
- goo, flesh and gel of one large aloe leaf
Toss in blender or food processor and pulse til smooth. Add half an avocado if you have it!
Toss in fridge for 15 minutes. Rinse face, lightly towel dry, and pull hair back.
Apply mask, find your comfy spot, hit play and relax for 20 minutes. Try to focus on NOTHING. A white screen.
Gently rinse off mask, dry and moisturize.
Try it! Your skin will be thankful which should make you happy.
Repeat every week.
Anti Aging Vitamin C Mask ::
If you’re looking for anti-aging you want to use Vitamin C. This one is a bit more simple.
- 1 kiwi, peeled and small diced
- 2 TSB honey
- 2 drops of orange oil
Mix together with a fork and break kiwi to a pulp.
Apply a thin layer to the face and lay down for 20 minutes. Rinse off mask, dry and moisturize.
Preventive Mask ::
This particular mask is great for refining pores, tightening the skin, anti-inflammation and developing circulation. It’s simple and cheap. If you happen to have Frankincense oil, add a few drops. I’m on the hunt in BA. If you know of any places/what it’s called please speak up!
- 1 egg white
- 1 cucumber with skin
- 2 drops Frankincense oil, optional*
Whip together egg white and cucumber in blender on low-speed til nice & frothy.
Apply to face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off. Moisturize.