Celebrate Pandemic Personal Care Day with some self-care! Make up your own simple and healing facial masks with guidance from Wellness Manager Anne!
Ingredients for Simple DIY Facemasks
Mix and match based on what your skin needs!
Clay: Purifying; attracts oils and draws impurities from pores. Can be over-drying- use caution by mixing with moisturizing and protecting ingredients and not leaving on for too long. Bentonite clay is the most drawing.
Oatmeal: Ground finely in a coffee grinder, can be mixed with liquids to create a nourishing mask to help with irritation and redness. Less drying than clay.
Healing infusions (herbal teas): These can be used in place of water to mix with clay or other dry ingredients and impart their own healing properties. You can leave in the plant material or strain it out. Favorites are Calendula (the best skin-soothing herb), Lavender, and Comfrey.
Aloe: Soothing and healing; good for irritated skin. Can be used instead of water in clay mask, mixed with other ingredients as a base for a moisturizing mask, or alone.
Honey: Healing; anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and plumping to the skin. Can be added to blends for its therapeutic properties or used alone for sweet and simple self-love.
Hydrosols: Plant water made from distillation. Properties depend on the plant that it is made from; some favorites are Frankincense which is healing, anti-aging, and firming; Lavender which is cooling and soothing; and Rose which is anti-oxidant, anti-aging, and just lovely.
Non-aromatic oils: Can be used both for their therapeutic properties and as carrier oils if you choose to use essential oils. Some favorites include Rosehip Seed Oil (Healing and soothing; high in vitamins and antioxidants), Shea Butter (protecting and moisturizing; great for dry skin during the winter), and Argan Oil (full of vitamins, healing, and moisturizing). These are also great to use on your skin to protect it after using a drawing facemask.
Essential Oils: Most essential oils should NOT be used on the face, and any that can be should be diluted. Without precautions, the strong components can irritate and damage skin (even if you can’t see it!) and should be avoided by people with sensitive skin. Certain essential oils do have therapeutic value in facial products like your DIY face mask; these include Lavender (cooling and soothing) and Frankincense (helps improve tone and elasticity).
Got questions? Email Anne at Wellness@springfieldfood.coop