Monday, 15 July 2013

DIY Glowing Skin Summer Face Mask

Recently i was contacted by a lady who works for a spa called Skana in Upstate NY She let me into a few tips and tricks of how to protect your skin in the summer months! Most people are aware of the dangers the sun causes on the skin but not many people know about the bad chemicals found in most sunscreens.She gave me a recipe of a great facemask that protects your skin  for you guys to try out!

The warm summer months are typically when your skin looks its best; however, it's also when your skin probably needs the most care.  Apart from the obvious trauma associated with sun exposure, your skin can also suffer from excess oil buildup, pore blockage, and premature aging.

Fortunately, mother nature also provides a ready-made cure for the ills the sun brings - if you know where to look.  This natural face mask, inspired by Skana Spa of New York resort, Turning Stone, is choc full of antioxidants, which help ward off inflammation, give evenness to your skin, and even help smooth out wrinkles, removing oil and dirt in the process.

Midsummer Bounty Face Scrub
Start by dropping a handful of blueberries - about 1/4 cup - into a blender.  Rough chop 1/4 of a large, ripe tomato, and add that to the blender as well.
Note:  Make sure to wash your produce thoroughly before using to remove all traces of pesticides.

Put the lid on the blender, and pulse gently in 2 second increments, until the blueberries and tomato are fully pureed.  If necessary, scrape down the sides with a spoon, and then pulse again
Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and add 1 teaspoon of apricot kernel oil and 2 to 4 drops of your favorite citrus oil or essence - sweet orange essential oil works especially well.  Stir thoroughly, and transfer to an airtight container for storage.

Because the mixture contains no chemicals or preservatives, it's best used within a few hours of when it's made, although you can store the mask in the fridge for a few days.

How to Use
Start by washing face gently with a gentle exfoliating scrub.  Use your favorite face wash if you have one, or just use a pinch of sugar rubbed onto your palm for a natural alternative.  Rinse your face thoroughly and pat dry.

Open your pores by laying a hot, lightly damp cloth over your face for a few moments.  Apply your summer fruit facial mask liberally to your face and neck, and allow the mixture to sit for about 20 minutes.

Note:  If you've refrigerated the mixture for storage, it's best to allow it to warm back up to room temperature before use.

After 20 minutes, gently wash away the mask with cool, clear water.  Pat dry again with a clean towel.

With regular application of this mask, you'll notice fuller, more vibrant summer skin in just a few short weeks!

Thanks to Michelle for this face scrub recipe,you can find out more about the Skana Spare here!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds lovely and I bet it smells AMAZING, I love blueberries! :)

    Jess xo


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