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
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
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…
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.
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