Yesterday I treated myself to such a lovely and nourishing face mask! As a busy working (from home) mom, I don't have a lot of time for masks and well let's face it - self care of mostly any kind, so these things are usually pushed to the back burner and reserved for weekends. I wanted something that was not drying, but not oily. Something that would moisturize and work on any inflammation. A friend recently did a honey mask and I haven't done one of those in a while, so I thought I would try something along those lines!
Honey is really moisturizing and it is so good for the skin. Keep in mind it's very sticky, so it's not to be used as a daily moisturizer, etc. More of a treatment every now and then. It can help your skin retain moisture over time. Of course you can use honey on it's on and it'll feel great, but I wanted to add some extra nourishing goodies. Honey can also help with inflammation on the skin - meaning it can help with scars, wounds, etc - as well as keeping the natural skin bacteria healthy and thriving. I have yet to try it, but I have heard of some people washing their face with just honey and warm water.
Colostrum is also amazing for the skin! I've used this many times for a facial mask, mixing with water and sometimes aloe vera gel as well. Colostrum contains many immune factors that are great for fighting inflammation (topically and internally) and also for fighting infection - directly on the skin (again, also internally). It also contains epithelial - a skin growth hormone - that helps to stimulate accelerated healing right on the skin.
For this recipe I used a raw honey that my friend Morgan brought us from Sweden. Any raw honey works for this mask, keep in mind that processed or cooked honeys won't be very beneficial for the skin since most of it's nutritious properties are lost once it's been processed. If you don't have a local raw honey in your area, I really like this Vermont honey from Honey Gardens.
My absolute favorite Colostrum powder on the market is of course the delicious SurThrival product, which can be found here. I've been using it for years, I personally know the integrity behind the product, and let's face it - it's freaking scrumptious.
And for a little extra scent-ual pleasure, I add drops of lavender and frankincense essential oils to the mix. Lavender has a whole host of amazing benefits. A few of them being helpful with inflammation of the skin, scars, acne, and it's also anti-bacterial. Not to mention, the lavender experience is so relaxing! Frankincense is another healing oil that I often use direct on the skin. It's an anti-septic and fights infection.
All of the above listed qualities and benefits are just the beginning of what these four ingredients can do! So, do your homework if you want to know more about them. Just knowing that what I put on my face is healing, beneficial, and relaxing - I'm in!
Here's my mixture - this will last for 3 or 4 face masks. Keep in an airtight container to use next time or invite the girls over and have a spa night!
Depending on the thickness (also temperature) of the honey you are using, you may need a few drops of water to really get the ingredients to mix together well. I used spring water of course! Spring water is really the best option for this since hard waters and tap water can really age the skin.
Making your own beauty products allows you to know exactly what ingredients go in and have complete control over what you are putting on your skin! As you probably already know, the skin is our largest organ and absorbs anything we put on it! Kinda makes you want to rethink what you put on your skin right?
Have you ever made any of your own skin products or face masks? What is your favorite combination?