Raw Beauty // A Spa Day, at Home.

I’m not sure if it’s the weather or my lack of time and energy to pamper myself but my skin has been horrible lately. It’s dry in some patches and oily in others leaving this mama a mess. The other day I thought to myself, I’m going to go get a facial but then I realized I have a 3-month old and no free time. So when Hera went down for her midday nap I snuck into my pantry and whipped up the easiest face mask and toner. I was able to make these, apply the mask for 15 minutes, wash it off, apply the toner and even pluck a few stray eyebrows all before she woke up. It literally felt like I had escaped to a spa for a few hours, it was exactly what this mama needed.

This Indian ‘Mud’ face mask did wonders and it left my skin smelling so good. Organic honey is always a good base for face masks because it’s naturally antibacterial which is perfect for both treatment and prevention of blemishes. It’s also full of antioxidants and is extremely moisturizing, but the best part about honey is that it’s clarifying. It soothes and leaves your skin with a healthy glow. The cinnamon is the secret in this mask because it brings nutrients to surface of your skin. It also has a faux botox quality by bringing blood to the surface and help rid your face of those horrible fine lines and wrinkles. Lastly the nutmeg helps brighten dull looking skin almost instantly. It’s also said that nutmeg helps alleviate acne and reduce to look of scaring. Why wouldn’t you want to rub this magic mixture onto your face!?

After washing off my mask I applied my sea salt toner to help balance the pH levels in my skin. The sea salt toner is a great thing to add to your everyday skin care routine. The tangerine essential oil is completely optional, I’ve been on a huge tangerine oil kick lately. It instantly lifts my mood.

Indian ‘Mud’ Mask
1 Tablespoon of Organic Honey
½ teaspoon of Cinnamon
½ teaspoon of Nutmeg

Method

Mix the honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. I like to warm my mask up a bit before applying, this helps open your pores and feels nice as well. Leave it on your face to dry for about 15 minutes before washing it off with a warm towel.

Sea Salt Toner
1 Cup of Distilled Water, warmed
1 Tablespoon of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt
2-3 drops of Tangerine Essential Oil (optional)

Method

Add the salts to the warm distilled water and stir until the salts have completely dissolved. Add the drops of essential oils, if doing so, and transfer the spray into a glass jar or spritzer bottle to store. To use, apply the toner to the skin by spraying or dabbing on a cotton pad.

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