It’s another edition of Beautiful Skin Friday with the the BEST natural skincare guru, Jenni Raincloud from www.jenniraincloud.com. Jenni’s blog is filled with amazing natural beauty and skincare recipes. It’s one of my very favorite blogs and my skin looks amazing thanks to her knowledge and recipes I LOVE LOVE LOVE this skin soothing mask recipe and I know you and your face will, too. Enjoy!
Hello! It’s Jenni from Jenni Raincloud for your Beautiful Skin Friday! If you’re reading this, I’m assuming your curious about how you can make your skin GLOW without spending tons of money, right?
DIY skin care is so fun and rewarding and the possibilities are endless. Everyone’s skin responds to different ingredients, so when you find a combo that works, stick with it. So today, let’s make a mask that will sooth sensitive skin, nourish dry skin and not clog pores.
If you have acne, this mask will be healing and calming so don’t tune out on this one! I formulated this mask because I suffer majorly from seasonal allergies. I get super dry skin and big, itchy bumps when my allergies are triggered.
The internet is full of DIY masks using everything in your kitchen from egg whites to oatmeal, and I love whipping up real food masks but it’s a lot of work for a one time use. The mask we’ll make today will have at least a 3 mos. shelf life and will be multi purpose-you’ll be getting your time’s worth and then some! I needed something that I could easily scoop out on a whim or after a clay mask.
Ingredients for Skin Soothing Mask:
Coconut oil-Coconut oil is antibacterial and anti fungal. The amazing thing about coconut oil is how healing it is. I use it in my homemade neosporin for this reason-it heals wounds at a rate you won’t believe! Many acne sufferers have found improvement. Coconut oil is ideal for sensitive-dry skin types. (find it HERE)
- Reduces inflammation
- Anti bacterial
- Anti microbial
- Reduces redness
- Reduces allergy reactions
Essential Oils-Essential oils will boost your mask greatly! I love to add citrus oils into my mask to brighten my skin!
- Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint are the allergy trifecta-these 3 together can greatly reduce allergy symptoms. (find a blend of these 3 HERE)
- Lavender and/or Chamomile are great for sensitive, stressed out skin.
- Myrrh and sandalwood are excellent for dry skin.
- Frankincense and Carrot Seed Oil are amazing for anti aging.
- Melaleuca/Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang and Lemon are great for acne/oily prone skin.
Vitamin C– Vitamin C comes in a powdered form called L.Ascorbic Acid. Vitamin C helps lighten dark spots, encourages your skin to produce collagen and brightens skin. This is an amazing ingredient to add to your mask. Unfortunately, L.Ascorbic acid is very volatile when added to anything-SO, in order to use it you can scoop 1/2 a TBSP of mask to 1 tsp. of L.ascorbic acid for each application.
French Green Clay– I use a Green Clay mask weekly. It is incredibly detoxing and tightening-it also encourages TONS of blood flow to the skin. For more info on french green clay go HERE. The only problem with a clay mask is that along with the yuck it pull out of your pores, it also pulls out moisture. That’s why I have to use a nourishing mask soon after. So, while green clay isn’t really an additive-I do use it in conjunction with this mask.
So How Do You Make It?
You can simply just mix equal parts of coconut oil and raw honey, it’s that easy. I like to WHIP mine for 2 reasons 1. It’s fun. 2. A whipped mask is easier to scoop.
- Combine coconut oil and honey. My container of choice is 4 ounces. So this would mean, 2 tbsp. or honey and 2 tbsp. of coconut oil.
- Add essential oils-For a 4 ounce container, add about 15 drops of essential oil.
- Blend. I use a hand mixer. You can whisk by hand or even use a kitchen aid mixer.
- Transfer to a shallow, wide mouthed jar.
- Apply a THIN layer all over skin. If you apply it too thick, it will melt and drip off your face.
- Leave mask on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
**If you are adding Vitamin C (l.ascorbic acid) add 1 tsp. to about 1/2 TBSP and apply immediately. Never add l.ascorbic acid unless you are using it right then. L.ascorbic acid becomes useless after a short time of being mixed with another substance. Also, be more cautious about how the masks feels and how long you leave it on-Vitamin C can sting, don’t leave on your skin if it is too uncomfortable. Feel free to use this mask as often as needed! If you are adding Vitamin C only use once a week. I use mine weekly or whenever my skin is itchy and red from allergies. I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next Friday!
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Jennifer, from the blog Jenni Raincloud, lives in Edmond Oklahoma with her husband and 2 daughters. She has been in the skin care world for over a decade. She believes beautiful skin comes from the inside out. In order to achieve youthful skin a healthy lifestyle must be in place. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin are her words to live by! She sells her skin care products on Etsy, runs her “at home spa” for close clients and blogs full time. She is happiest staying home with her family and cooking up healthy skin care products in the kitchen! You can follow Jenni Raincloud on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.
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