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Make your own face masks

Thursday, March 27th, 2014




A face mask can work wonders for the skin and is a lovely way to relax and pamper yourself at the same time. They are also really quick and easy to make at home with a few basic ingredients. So, not only do you spend less money but you also know exactly what’s going in to your product (i.e. no nasty chemicals), and you can tailor it exactly to your own particular skin type and needs.

Our consultant aromatherapist Joannah Metcalfe has suggested the following 3 recipes for you to try.

Clarifying Face Mask for Oily/Combination Skin

1 tsp plain live yoghurt (ideally organic).
2 tbsp pinhead oatmeal
Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon (unwaxed and organic if possible)
1 tbsp Ultra Fine French Green Clay
2 drops Cypress, 2 Tea Tree and 4 Lavender

Grind the oatmeal to a powder in a mortar and pestle. Add the lemon zest, juice, yoghurt, green clay and mix to a paste. Yoghurt is used as the lactic acid content has an antibacterial action on the skin – it is a neutral ingredient so feel free to add as much as you need to achieve the right consistency. The mixture needs to be thick enough to be able to stick to your skin. Finally add your essential oils and mix thoroughly. Apply a layer to the face (avoiding the delicate eye area) and leave on for approx 10-15 minutes. Remove with a cloth and warm water, then splash the face with cold water. Tone and moisturise as follows.

Watch Joannah make this mask in our You Tube clip above.

Nourishing Mask for Mature / Dry Skin

1 tsp Jojoba Oil
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Butter
½ v ripe avocado mashed
3 drops Neroli and 2 Frankincense

Melt the Extra Virgin Coconut Butter and combine with the Jojoba Oil and honey. Then mix in your mashed avocado with a hand whisk, and give it a good whisk up to create light mousse like texture, adding the essential oils towards the end of the mixing process. Apply to the face (avoiding eye area). Leave for 10-15 mins then remove with a cloth and warm water. Splash your face with cold water and tone and moisturise as normal.

This mask is great for skin that looks tired, where fine lines are starting to appear and where the skin needs plumping up/ stimulating. Honey is an amazing tonic for the skin, as it is antibacterial and contains many helpful nutrients. It is also an excellent emollient and lubricant for the skin, helping it to stay hydrated.

In addition to the mask, make sure that you drink more water and increase your intake of essential fatty acids (found in oily fish, nuts and seeds). Cook with coconut oil as this is more tolerant to heat and doesn’t change its nature and become bad for your health like other oils, which can contain a lot of hydrogenated fats.

General Complexion Booster for Normal Skin

1 tsp honey
1 tbsp Ultra Fine French Green Clay
1 whipped egg yolk
1 tsp Jojoba Oil
1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
3 drops Geranium and 1 Rosemary

Whip the egg yolk for a few minutes and add the honey, Jojoba and Vitamin E. Then gradually mix in the French Green Clay with hand whisk. Add the essential oils at the end, mix thoroughly and gently massage the mixture onto face and neck (avoiding the eye area). Leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes, although this mask can be left on for up to half an hour. Remove with warm water and a flannel and then splash the face with cold water. Tone and moisturise as normal.

This is a fantastic natural tonic that smoothes the skin and stimulates flood flow to create a healthy glow. It smells divine and is great to use before a night! Not only will it boost your complexion but Geranium and Rosemary are both stimulants, which will also help to boost your energy for the night ahead!

We hope you enjoy these recipes. Don’t forget to share your own ideas with us too…

Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

Disclaimer: The information provided on the Base Formula blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. We recommend that you consult your GP or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Our advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who will be able to take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Base Formula accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

Please visit our website for more details on using essential oils safely and effectively.

Spring skincare to revitalise your complexion

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

spring skinAs we emerge from a relatively mild yet very wet winter many of us are feeling a bit lack-lustre – and this, unfortunately, is often reflected in our skin condition. This is due to a combination of things – lack of vitamin D from sunshine/natural daylight, lack of exercise (many of us get significantly less exercise in the winter months), less fresh food (many of us eat less fresh fruit and salads in the wr) and low hydration levels (we tend to feel less thirsty in the cold weather). If we combine these factors with a possible low intake of essential fatty acids (and other nutrients), and the drying effects of central heating, it is not surprising that our skin is crying out for help at this time of year!

So just as we may get the urge to have a clear out in our homes and do a good ‘Spring Clean’ – why not give your skincare regime an overhaul too – taking advantage of naturally nourishing ingredients which will feed, stimulate and regenerate your skin! If you approach your action plan holistically – you’ll reinvigorate and refresh your energy and vitality too!

In this article we are going to focus on caring for mature, dry, oily and combination skins. So read on to find out more about your particular skin type and some of the products that will help get that complexion of yours ‘back on track’!

Dry skin

Dry skin is caused by underactive sebaceous glands and a lack of sebum (the skin’s natural oil/lubricant). This can be hereditary and can occur as we get older as our skin’s oil gland activity starts to slow down. Dry skin is also usually dehydrated as a lack of sebum also reduces the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Dry skin tends to looks fine and thin with tiny pores. It also shows signs of superficial lines and wrinkles at an earlier age. It is heavily affected by the weather (sun, wind etc) and atmospheric conditions (i.e. air conditioning/central heating). It therefore needs a lot of moisturising and protection.

Recommended essential oils: Chamomile, Rose, Benzoin, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Jasmine and Sandalwood. Find out more about these oils on our website.

Other products: Chamomile Hydrolat, Rose Otto Hydrolat, Aloe Vera & Rose Hydrating GelNeroli & Aloe Vera Hydrating Gel with Guava Extract

Mature skin

As we age, skin cells are not replaced as quickly and skin elasticity gives way to gradual sagging. Mature skin is characterized by wrinkles and crow’s-feet, thread veins, blemishes and age spots. A good skincare routine can help slow the signs of ageing. Reducing exposure to the sun and environmental pollution, improving your diet and combating stress are also important.

Recommended essential oils: Chamomile, Rose, Neroli, Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh. Find out more about these oils on our website.

Other products: Chamomile HydrolatRose Otto HydrolatAloe Vera & Rose Hydrating GelNeroli & Aloe Vera Hydrating Gel with Guava Extract

Treatment oil for dry / mature skin

50ml Apricot Kernel Oil
5ml Jojoba Oil
5ml Evening Primrose Oil
5 drops Rose, 5 Neroli, 3 Frankincense and 3 Benzoin

Mix the oils in a bottle and shake well. Massage into the skin 2-3 times a week, following your normal cleansing routine. Leave on for 20 minutes then remove any excess with a cotton pad soaked in Rose or Chamomile Hydrolat. Moisturising may not be necessary following the mask, as it has a deeply nourishing effect.

Oily skin

Oily skin develops due to overactive sebaceous glands which are controlled by hormones called androgens. It is often hereditary and most common in adolescents, although it can affect adults too. Oily skin has a shiny, thick, firm appearance with enlarged pores (due to trapped oil in the follicles) which can look worse if the skin is dehydrated. It can look dirty and neglected, and will feel oily to the touch. Hot and humid climates aggravate oil production, as will harsh skincare products which strip the skin causing it to produce more oil to compensate. Over exfoliating and stimulating massage will also cause excessive oil production. Oily skin can look sallow (asphyxiated) and is more prone to blackheads and spots. Gentle and frequent cleansing, toning and moisturising with a light moisturiser is recommended. A weekly deep-cleansing treatment  is also beneficial. For example Green Clay face masks to draw out impurities and excess sebum, and a facial steam to unblock pores and prevent spots from forming.

Recommended essential oils: Geranium, Lavender, Cedarwood, Palmarosa, Niaouli, Juniperberry, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, Cypress, Grapefruit and Lemon. Find out more about these oils on our website.

Other products: Witch Hazel Hydrolat, Orange Flower Hydrolat, Lemon Balm Hydrolat, Tea Tree & Lavender Hydrating Gel, Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel

Purifying/exfoliating face mask

1 tsp plain live yoghurt (preferably organic)
2 tbsp pinhead oatmeal
Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon (unwaxed and organic if poss)
1 tbsp Ultra Fine French Green Clay
2 drops Cypress, 2 Tea Tree and 4 Lavender

Grind the oatmeal to a powder in a mortar and pestle. Add the lemon zest, juice, yoghurt, green clay and mix to a paste. You can add more yoghurt to give you the right consistency – it needs to be thick enough to be able to stick to the face. Finally add your essential oils and mix thoroughly. Apply a layer to the face (avoiding the delicate eye area) and leave on for approx 10-15 minutes. Remove with a cloth and warm water, then splash the face with cold water. Tone and moisturise as follows.

Skin toner for oily skin

150ml Witch Hazel Hydrolat
20 drops Geranium, 10 Cypress, 5 Lemon and 3 Tea Tree

Following your normal cleansing routine, take a cotton wool pad and semi-soak the pad so that it is wet but not saturated with toner. Wipe over oily areas of the face, paying particular attention to the “T Zone” (forehead, nose and chin). This will help to remove excess oil and tighten the pores. If the skin still feels oily after the first application repeat until it feels clear. Leave face to dry naturally and then moisturise as normal with a light lotion.

Breakout Gel

50ml Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel
5ml Vitamin E Oil
10 drops Lavender, 5 Sandalwood, 5 Cypress and 3 Rose

Combine all the ingredients and stir well. Apply the gel to the face and give yourself a facial steam. Wipe off any excess gel with cotton wool and then dab the top of the spot with 1 drop of Tea Tree on cotton bud. This will to help dry up the spot and clear any bacteria. Do not squeeze the spot as this will increase the likelihood of scarring or enlarged pores.

Combination skin

Combination skin is common and is characterized by an oily “T-zone” and either dry or normal skin on the rest of the face. The patches of oily and dry/normal skin require different oils/products (as detailed in the individual skin type information above) with the aim of balancing the skin and reducing sebum production.

Nourishing and exfoliating mask

1 tbsp Ultra Fine French Green Clay
1 tbsp ground pinhead oatmeal
1 tsp Jojoba Oil
Enough runny honey to bind the mixture
4 drops Lavender, 2 Rose, 2 Geranium and 2 Roman Chamomile.

Mix ingredients together and apply to the face (avoiding the eye area). Leave on for 10 mins to enable the nutrients to penetrate the skin. Then place hands your in warm water and massage the skin in the oily areas with a circular motion – this will help to stimulate the release of dead skin cells and unblock pores. Wash off with cold water and use the toner (from above) on the “T-zone” areas. Moisturise as normal.

Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

The information provided on the Base Formula blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. We recommend that you consult your GP or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Our advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who will be able to take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Base Formula accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

Please visit our website for more details on using essential oils safely and effectively.

Essential ingredients for natural face masks

Monday, June 17th, 2013

face maskIt’s so easy to make your own natural face masks – here are some of our top ingredients for creating a range of different masks at home.

Ultra Fine French Green Clay

French Green Clay has long been used for beauty treatments and is a now commonly used for therapeutic face masks and body wraps. It is mined from bedrock quarries in France and is rich in phyto-nutrients and therapeutic minerals including magnesium, potassium, silica, calcium, selenium, aluminum, titanium, sodium and phosphorus. The clay is highly absorbant, helping to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin. It also helps to remove dead skin cells, tones the skin and refines the pores. It is particularly beneficial for oily and acne prone skin.

Ultra Fine White Kaolin Clay

White Kaolin Clay, also known as China or White Clay, is basically kaolinite and is the mildest of all the natural clays. It is rich in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium which help to promote healthier, younger looking skin. It has a gentle cleansing and exfoliating action and also helps to stimulate blood circulation to the skin – resulting in a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion.  Its mildly, drying, antibacterial properties can be useful for oily/blemished skin. It is also particularly suitable for sensitive skin and dry skin as it does not ‘strip’ the skin of its natural oils.

Both of the above clays can be mixed to a paste with a little water or you can blend them with one of our Hydrolats and/or Aloe Vera Gels for additional therapeutic effects.

Watch our You Tube video for information on how to create a Deep Cleansing Mask with Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel and French Green Clay.

Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel

Our Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel is ideal for balancing the skin’s natural moisture levels and restoring texture and tone to the skin. This ultra-hydrating gel with Seaweed, Sea Lavender and Carrageen Moss is rich in nutrients which are absorbed deep into the epidermis to nourish, soften, hydrate and condition the skin.

Aloe Vera & Rose Gel

Our Aloe Vera & Rose Gel is blended with Rose Absolute to hydrate, balance and firm the skin. Rose has a soothing, regenerative effect and is ideal for mature, dry and sensitive skin.

For a quick and easy, natural face mask apply a thin layer of gel to the face and leave for 15-20 mins. Massage in any excess gel at the end. Alternatively watch our You Tube video for how to create your own Ultra-Hydrating Face Mask at home with our Aloe Vera Gels, Hydrolats and Compressed Face Mask Towels.

Hydrolats

We sell a wide variety of Hydrolats to suit different skin types. Hydrolats (sometimes called Hydrosols) have similar properties to essential oils and they are ideal for boosting the therapeutic properties of your natural face masks. Use them instead of water to blend your clays or why not try them in conjunction with our Compressed Face Mask Towels to add an extra dimension to your gel masks (see the above You Tube video for further info).

Compressed Face Mask Towels

These handy face-shaped towels come in a small compressed tablet form. Simply soak a Compressed Face Mask Towel in your chosen Hydrolat (or any other liquid that you want to nourish your skin with i.e. milk and honey), let it expand, carefully unfold and then place over your face for 5-10 minutes to nourish and refresh your complexion. Most of our customers use these in conjunction with an Aloe Vera Gel mask – placing the soaked towel on top of a thin layer of gel!

Our blog contains lots more recipe ideas for creating your own natural face masks at home – type face masks into the search box for more information. We’ve highlighted a few of our most recent posts below.

Rejuvenating Face Mask

Exfoliating Face Mask for enlarged pores

Hydrating Face Mask

 

 

 

Looking for a rosy glow?

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Growing older is a fact of life, but did you know that you can have ‘mature skin’ while still in your 20’s or 30’s? Mature skin doesn’t mean old but is more a reflection of your lifestyle and habits. Smoking, a bad diet and even stress can all take their toll on the skin; making it lose its glow and youthful elasticity.

If you feel your skin isn’t acting its age there are things you can do to help rejuvenate it. A quick and simple fix is to stay well-hydrated; the better hydrated your skin is the less noticeable wrinkles and lines will be. It is also important as you get older to adapt your skin care routine accordingly. If you are still using an antibacterial face wash to fight acne well into your 30’s then you probably need to update your routine to reflect what is currently going on with your skin. A weekly facial scrub or deep cleansing mask is great for mature skins, helping to remove dead skin cells and leaving behind a softer, smoother, more youthful complexion.

And remember, whatever you choose to apply to your face, apply to your neck, décolletage and if possible the back of your hands as well. These areas can be a real giveaway in determining a person’s age as they often show signs of age too, so they shouldn’t be ignored.

You can easily make up your own naturally therapeutic face masks and scrubs with just a few simple ingredients.

Our delicately fragranced Aloe Vera & Rose Gel makes an ideal base for either of these facial treatments. It is suitable for all skin types but is especially beneficial for dry, sensitive or mature skins.

Aloe Vera is a natural skincare product in itself, helping to balance the skin’s natural hydration levels and to restore a more youthful skin texture and tone. We’ve blended this ultra-hydrating gel base with pure Rose essential oil, which is well regarded in aromatherapy for its soothing, calming and restorative effect on the skin.

Our Rose Gel is light, non-greasy, and beautifully packaged in a 250ml Retro Jar, making it an ideal gift (larger sizes are available).

The gel can be used alone to moisturise the skin or can be applied as a simple hydrating face mask. It can also be blended with other ingredients such as clays and exfoliants to create your own therapeutic face masks, scrubs and a whole host of other skin nurturing blends (See our recipe tab for details on how to make an hydrating and soothing facial mask).

Q&A: Using seaweed powder in face masks?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Q: Can I use your Seaweed Extract Powder in a face mask?

A: Yes our Seaweed Extract Powder, can be mixed with either our Ultra Fine French Green Clay or Ultra White Kaolin Clay to make a skin nurturing face mask. Seaweed has been used therapeutically for centuries. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and can help to balance natural moisture levels and restore the texture and tone of the skin. It also has detoxifying properties and can aid skin healing.

To make your own mask we’d recommend mixing 1 tsp of Seaweed Extract with your chosen clay base (Kaolin clay is the mildest and is more suited to sensitive skin). Blend with one of our hydrolats until you get a porridge like paste and then apply to the skin. You should only need to use a face mask once a week, this will ensure that the skin has adequate time to regenerate.

Disclaimer: The information provided on the Base Formula blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. We recommend that you consult your GP or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Our advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who will be able to take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Base Formula accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

Please visit our website for more details on using essential oils safely and effectively.

 

Feed your skin this summer…

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
It’s summer – your skins on show – and you want to glow! Try something different by combining essential oils with food for deliciously, nourishing skincare treatments. Our new expert aromatherapist, Joannah Metcalfe explains how easy it is…

Dry Skin?

Try combining food with salts and essential oils. Oats produce a wonderful soothing oat milk when added to water. Mix 1 cup of porridge oats and 1 tablespoon of Mineral Rich Dead Sea Salt with 5 drops of Lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Ylang Ylang. Place in a pop sock or old tights, tie the end and add to your bath water. Then squeeze it out and watch the oat milk diffuse, smell the beautifully fragrant essential oils, and bathe in the delightful, therapeutic mix.

Eczema?

The oat milk and dead sea salts also help to soothe and gently heal inflammed skin. Instead of the above oils, try adding 4 drops Lavender essential oil and 2 drops of German Chamomile to your oats and dead sea salt mix. Squeeze the pop sock well and keep squeezing when in the bath. Do not have the bath water too hot, as this can further inflame your skin. Children will love it too, as its fun to squeeze, as well as being gently effective on their delicate skin. This recipe is especially useful if you have hard water, and as all the bits are contained in the pop sock and there are no “bits” in your bath afterwards.

Remember we produce an SLS Free Shower & Bath gel which is ideal for cleansing and nurturing sensitive skins.

Try our Aloe Vera and Seaweed Gel with 1 drop of German Chamomile per tablespoonful, for a gentle moisturiser after your bath, but for all eczema sufferers, do a skin patch test first, as everyones needs are different, and levels of sensitivity can vary.

Moisturising Face Pack

Seaweed is known for its many healing properties. For the face, it helps tone and refresh the skin’s condition. Try adding ½ teaspoon of our dried Natural Seaweed Extract Powder and a teaspoon of our mineral rich French Green Clay to half a ripe avocado and mash well. Avocado is rich in nutritive oils and you can eat the other half to enhance beauty from within, as it’s full of vitamins too! Then add a teaspoon of our Aloe Vera and Seaweed Gel, 3 drops of Geranium essential oil (to help balance your skin’s natural oil production) and 4 drops of Lavender (which soothes, heals and regenerates). Mix well and apply to the face. Leave this wonderful green pack on the skin for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water to enhance the wow factor. Your skin will feel soft, rehydrated and very smooth!

DIY quick & easy face masques

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Do you fancy a spa-style face masque in the comfort of your own home, and at a fraction of normal salon prices? If the answer is yes and you also like making your own tailor-made beauty products then our Compressed Facial Mask Towels offer a cheap and effective way to enjoy a nourishing face masque/mask at home.

Our Face Mask Towels are 100% knitted cotton sheets that are compressed into a handy, travel size, tablet form (ideal if you want to pack some in your suitcase for your summer hols). All you need to do is thoroughly soak the face mask tablet in a one of our hydrolats/floral waters or any other liquid that you want to nourish your skin with. You can even use basic kitchen ingredients such as honey and milk!

The tablet will quickly absorb your chosen liquid and expand into a face-shaped towel. Place the facial towel over the face and then relax for 5-10 minutes to leave the complexion feeling totally refreshed. Clay can also be applied over the top of the face mask to maximise the effect – simply mix Green or White Clay with your selected hydrolat and mix to a yoghurt-like consistency.

If you’re not sure which hydrolat to use we’ve put together a handy guide as to which hydrolats/floral waters to use for different skin types. Hydrolats are the waters collected as essential oils are steam-distilled. They have similar properties to pure essential oils and are widely used in therapeutic skincare for cleansing, toning and for blending with other creams, lotions, clay and gels.

Chamomile Hydrolat is ideal for dry, sensitive or irritated skin
Lavender Hydrolat is ideal for dry or combination skin
Lemon Balm (Melissa) Hydrolat is ideal for combination, oily and problem skin
Orange Flower Water (Neroli) is ideal to help rejuvenate and regenerate problem skin conditions and oily skin
Peppermint Hydrolat has stimulating properties that can help restore tone and a healthy skin colour
Rose Otto Hydrolat is ideal for dry, damaged and mature skin
Witch Hazel Hydrolat is a strong antioxidant and gently astringent skin toner, ideal for blending with other hydrolats and essential oils to tone, soothe and tighten the skin. It can help to reduce puffiness and is beneficial for acne