Coconut Pink Clay Mask

This is such a great mask, it is super moisturizing and it helps to eliminate toxins and tone your skin while tightening your pores.  It is great for mature skin and also helps to keep wrinkles at bay.

You won’t believe how silky soft your skin will be after you use it!

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Recipe: Approx. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons

 Use: 3 – 4 times a week

  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoons French Pink Clay
  • 1 Tablespoons Aloe
  • 2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 Drops Ylang Ylang  Essential Oil
  • 1 Drops Grapefruit Seed Extract

Instructions:

Measure everything and puree in a food processor or blender until really smooth and creamy. Scrape the sides and stir the bottom at least once.

Wash your face and preferably exfoliate then apply mask for up to 1/2 hour.

You won’t need to spry on a hydrosol due to the coconut oil and butter.

Rinse throughly and wash your face after to remove excess oil.

*It will last for a long time in the refrigerator I sometimes make a double batch.

Skin Benefits:

Coconut Butter - is the pureed coconut meat with about 60% oil, which has a thick, creamy and slightly gritty texture.  It has the same benefits for the skin as coconut oil but helps retain moister better and it promotes skin elasticity making it great for dry, aging or wrinkled skin. It removes dead skin cells. It has a small molecular structure so it absorption easily through the skin and penetrates deep in to the layers of the skin and strengthens the tissues underneath. High in antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. Use in: masks and exfolients

Coconut oil (Virgin) absorbs very easily and it’s great for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive skin, pre-mature aging, wrinkle, inflamed, irritated & itchy.  It does not clog pores and it is extremely softening, soothing, nourishing, very moisturizing.  It helps retain moisture and gives the skin a protective layer. The oil is full of anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, antiseptic & antibiotic.  Contains many fatty acids & multivitamins.

French Pink Clay  is a combination of red and white clay and is one of the mildest.  It is great for normal, sensitive, delicate, mature skin & also used to treat acne.  It is very cleansing and detoxifying while it gently remove dead skin cells, absorbs dirt, oil & bacteria from pores.  It also refreshes the skin giving it a youthful glow.

Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants that draw and hold oxygen into the skin.  While it penetrates and holds moisture in the tissue it also promotes cellular renewal from the enzymes that breaks down & digest tissue. It improves the skin elasticity and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. It tightens the skin and dilates capillaries increasing blood supply.  It is very balancing to the skins natural Ph.

Lavender Essential Oil is a balancing oil, meaning if you have dry skin it returns it to a normal state and the same goes for oily skin as it balance the sebum production, this is why it is used on all skin types.  It reduces inflammation and is soothing, healing and rejuvenating.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is also balancing oil like lavender. It is good for all skin types and is a toning oil.

*You can buy ingredients at your local health food store or at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Rosewater Toner

Toners improve your skins appearance by toning the skin while cleansing it further and the combination of these ingredients is such a fantastic treat for the skin. This toner is great for all skin types except sensitive, it balances the skin, which makes it good for normal, dry, oily and mature skin.  I use it to restore the Ph. balance of my skin after cleansing; it’s also hydrating and helps  retain moisture in the skin as well as soften the wrinkles.

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 Recipe: Makes 3 1/2 oz.
  •  1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Organic Rose Hydrosol
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Witch Hazel
  • 1 Tablespoons Pure Aloe Vera Gel (Make sure there is no rubbing alcohol in it )
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Drop Grapefruit Seed Extract
Essential oils are optional but an added boost for your skin.  If you only want to buy one I recommend the lavender with 4 drops and make sure it’s organic
  •  Normal Skin – Lavender – 4 drops
  • Dry Skin – Lavender 2 drops – Rose Geranium 2 drops
  • Oily Skin – Lavender 2 drops – Rose Geranium 2 drops
  • Mature Skin – Lavender 2 drops – Geranium 1 drop – Lemon 1 drop

Instructions:

Measure everything and put in to a glass bottle with sprayer and shake well.

Sprays on your face after you shower or wash your face then apply coconut oil or a moisturizer.

The oil/moisturizer will help to trap the toner in allowing to further penetrating the top layers of your skin.

Skin Benefits:

Rose Hydrosol is super hydrating

Aloe Vera Gel penetrates the tissue and promotes cellular renewal

Witch Hazel tightens loose tissue helping tired and sluggish skin

Apple Cider brings oxygen to the cells and maintains elasticity

Grapefruit Seed Extract is very healing and deep cleansing

*You can buy all ingredients including a glass bottle with a spray top at your local health food store or at Mountain Rose Naturals.

Revitalizing Cucumber Yogurt Mask

There is nothing better than being able to whip up a at-home skin care product.  Not only is it cheaper, fun and satisfying but you know exactly what you are putting on your skin.  The skin is the largest organ you have and it sucks up what ever you put on it including chemicals so lets give it some real nourishment!  This mask will make your skin feel fantastic while balancing the Ph. balance of your skin.

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Recipe: 2 – 3 applications (save in the refrigerator for up to a week)

  •  2 – 1/4 Inch Slices Cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey

Instructions:

Puree the cucumber in a blender or food processor then add the yogurt, aloe, honey and lemon.

First wash your face, neck and chest then apply the mask all over and leave on for 5 minutes then apply more of the mask and repeat 1 or 2 more times for a total of 15-20 minutes.

* You can cut two slices of the cucumber and lay them on your eyes while you have on the mask.

Rinse off with warm water, and then follow cold water to help close pores.  Now is a great time to spray your face and neck with a hydrosol of toner and follow with your favorite moisturizer.  I often use coconut oil after.  You can use this mask from 1 to 3 times a week.

*We believe beauty starts within so adding cucumber to your diet like drinking cucumber juice is also very beneficial to the skin.

Skin Benefits:

Cucumbers are cleaning, soothing and softening while it rejuvenates the skin and complexion.  It contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin K and caffeic acid which helps remove water retention reducing puffy eyes, dark circles and soothes irritated skin.  They contain pantothenic acid that helps the skin retain moisture. The vitamin A in cucumbers lightens dark spots and freckles by helping to control the production of melanin in the skin.  It tightens and brightens the skin, which revitalizes and promotes a youthful glowing skin. Cucumbers are high in antioxidants and silica that is hydrating to the connective tissues and bring the skin to a normal Ph. balance as they have the same Ph. as the skin.  The seeds are full of Vitamin E and potassium, which is great for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, aging skin and blemishes.

Yogurt tighten the pores and gently exfoliates the top layers of the skin with the lactic acid and calcium it contains. This also helps cell reproduction (skin renewal), which is helpful in reducing wrinkles.  It is very hydrating and brightening and contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which makes it good for blemishes and to reduce age spots and blotchiness.  It has protein, probiotics and enzymes that restore your skin’s natural pH balance. Yogurt contains zinc with anti-inflammatory properties that helps regulate oil production and reduces oily skin, acne and pimples.  It’s also a mild anti-astringent helping to tighten skin.

Honey is extremely moisturizing and soothing to the skin as well as it is high in enzymes so it has a exfoliating effect.  It is an antibacterial that is great for blemishes as well as with the antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.  It is an anti-oxidant that helps slow down signs of aging and helps bring a youthful glow to your face.

Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants that draw and hold oxygen into the skin.  While it penetrates and holds moisture in the tissue it also promotes cellular renewal from the enzymes that breaks down & digest tissue. It improves the skin elasticity and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. It tightens the skin and dilates capillaries increasing blood supply.  It is very balancing to the skins natural Ph.

Lemon Juice is an excellent exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells due to being very rich in alpha hydroxy acids. You maintain the skin elasticity by removing dead skin cells and allowing the pores to breathe.  Lemon tightens wrinkles and enlarged pores, brightens the skin, and lightens age spots and other discoloration.

Kelp Mask

Your skin will love the kelp in this mask due to it’s nutrient-richness and high mineral content.  It helps to slow down the aging process of the skin and brings a healthy glow to your complexion!

This mask will hydrate, tone, firm, help prevent wrinkles and make your skin feel radiant.  It also helps to repair damaged skin, inflammation and irritations.

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  • Kelp Powder - All skin types.  Highly nutritious, toning, softening, firming, stimulating, hydrates, regenerates skin cells, exfoliates dead skin cells, clogged pores, minor abrasions, skin irritations, removes toxins, mineral rich that smooths and soothes the skin.
  • French Green - All skin types, especially wrinkles.  The green comes from 44.5% silica content, containing plant matter, providing nourishing minerals.  Hydrating, removes impurities, invigorates the complexion, tightens pores, absorbs excess sebum, dust and contaminants.
  • Aloe Vera Gel - Penetrates tissue, cellular renewal, tightening, dilates capillaries increasing blood supply, breaks down & digest tissue, it has enzymes that hasten the regenerative phase of healing, moistening to the tissue, balancing the skins natural Ph, draws and holds oxygen in the skin, which in turn holds in moisture.
  • Honey - All skin types.  Soothing, healing, nourishing, rejuvenating, refreshes depleted skin, high in enzymes so it has a exfoliating effect, maintains suppleness and elasticity.

Recipe: 

For the face, neck and chest

  • 1 Teaspoon Kelp Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon French Green Clay
  • 2 Teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel -
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Drop Essential Oil -
  • Lavender -Mature, Oily or Acne
  • Geranium – Dry, Oily or Combination Skin
  • Roman Chamomile – Dry or Sensitive

For face and body

  • 1 Tablespoon Kelp Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon French Green Clay
  • 2 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 3 Drops Essential Oil – see above (because of the strong kelp smell you don’t want to leave this out)

*As for the aloe gel, fresh is best, but bottled is ok. I recommend “Aubrey” Pure Aloe Gel

Instructions:

Add kelp powder and clay to a small bowl along with aloe gel, honey and lavender essential oil then mix well.

Apply to face and leave on for about 15-20 minutes.

If your mask starts to dry, spray on a hydrosol to keep mask moist.

Remove with warm water and pat your face dry.

Follow up with a moisturizer.

For the body you will want to apply in the shower.  You can also apply to your face, then get in the shower.

“A Basic Scrub” for most skin types and why you should use one

 I developed this recipe many years ago for my skin care line named “Flower of Flowers.”  I named my skin care line after my favorite essential oil, “Ylang Ylang”.

It always surprises me how many people have never used a scrub, or even a mask for that matter.  You won’t believe how beautiful your skin will appear after exfoliating.  Exfoliating is vital to the slowing of the skin’s aging process!

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Young skin cells shed effortlessly, and as one ages, the process slows down.  New cells form in the Basel layer which is the deepest sub layer of the Epidermis.  As they form, they push the old cells to the surface.  That is what causes the dry patches of built up dead skin cells.  This will give the complexion a sallow, dull and lifeless appearance.  The build up of dead skin cells will limit how much of your moisturizer can penetrate the skin.

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Exfoliating cleanses the skin by sloughing off the dead skin cells while stimulating new cell growth and circulation.  This gives your complexion a bright youthful glow and is very helpful in keeping the skin color balanced by unblocking the pores and reducing spots and blotchiness.  It also allows skin care products to penetrate better while delivering nutritious vitamins and minerals deep into the pores.

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  • Almond Meal – All skin types.  Cleansing,  moisturizing, softening, smoothing, nourishing, lifts out impurities by unclogging pores, cleanses away dead skin cell and replenishes skin oils.
  • Oat Powder – All skin types.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, cleansing, softening, moisturizing, toning, protective to the skin, lifts away dead skin cells, helps fade age spots, smooths skin, protect the skin and helps minimize scars.
  • Flax Seed Meal – Dry, acne, mature. Helps improve eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.  Soothing, nourishing, moisturizing, softening, provides healthy cellular activity and skin regeneration.
  • French Pink Clay - A combination of red and white clay and it is one of the mildest clays.  Normal, sensitive, delicate, mature skin & also used to treat acne.  Cleansing, detoxifing, remove dead skin cells, refreshes skin, absorbs dirt, oil and bacteria from pores.
  • Chamomile Flowers - Dry, oily, sensitive, acne, aging skin and eczema.  Soothes rashes, soothing, healing, strengthening to the skin tissue, reduce puffiness, cleansing to the pores.
  • Lavender Flowers - Normal, dry, combination, wrinkles, oily, acne, eczema and seborrhea.  Cleansing, balancing, itchy skin, sunburn, scars, inflammation, cell regenerator and stimulating to complexion.
  • Rose Petals - All skin, especially dry, sensitive and mature.  Cleansing, softening, toning, stimulating, soothing, hydrating to all skin types, retains moisture.

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Recipe: 3 1/4 Cups

  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 Cup Pink Kaolin Clay
  • 1/4 Cup Lavender Flowers and/or Rose Petals and/or Chamomile Flowers (Optional)

For sensitive skin

  • 2 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Pink Kaolin Clay
  • 1/2 Cup Rose Petals

Other ingredients you can add in place of water…

  • Aloe Vera is great for dry, mature or irritated skin. It draws and holds oxygen into the skin, which in turn holds in moisture.
  • Honey is great for all skin types and is added for extra moisture as well as it absorbs impurities from the pores.
  • Olive Oil can be added for dry skin, it penetrates deep into the skin & locks in natural moisture.

*Make sure everything is organic and non-GMO!  We don’t want to absorb pesticides or anything potentially toxic.

*As for the aloe gel, fresh is best, but bottled is ok. I recommend “Aubrey” Pure Aloe Gel

Instructions:

Grind the almonds in a food processor until finely granulated, then add the rest of the dry ingredients and turn on until it is a fairly fine powder.  You can also grind each ingredient separately in a coffee grinder, then mix all together and store in a jar.

Put a tablespoon of scrub in the palm of your hand and add just enough hydrosol, floral water, water or (aloe, honey or olive oil) to make a paste.

Gently make circular motions on your face, neck and chest.  Let the scrub do the work and do not apply pressure.

You can put it in a jar to use in your shower for your face and body but make sure you don’t get any water in it or it will get moldy.

* Because there is clay in the scrub you can leave it on your face for 10 minutes, this will act as a mask.  If the clay starts drying use a hydrosol or floral water to keep moist.  This will help draw out toxins and excess oils without over drying your skin and removing the much needed oils.

You can buy all the ingredients here at a very reasonable cost www.mountainroseherbs.com  Or check your local health food store.

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* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.