Your skin encounters a myriad of environments and a battlefield of pollutants. As the body’s first line of defense, we think it deserves a little love and attention from time to time. Beauty rituals are a way of caring for your body, just like eating healthfully and exercising. Since our aim is to improve our overall health, we strive to pamper our bodies with materials that do more than just add temporary beauty, they work to nourish and feed our skin for lasting health.
This skin-food approach to an at-home facial covers all the bases: Honey has antibacterial properties that work to repair and heal skin of everything from active flare-ups to scarring while moisturizing your skin. Next, steaming works with the honey to draw out impurities and encourage healthy circulation. Finally, a clay mask tightens pores through gentle exfoliation.
Here’s the step-by-step process:
1. Spread a spoonful of honey* over your face, use a thin layer to avoid dripping. Let the mask sit for about 30 minutes to give the honey time to heal and rejuvenate skin.
2. While your mask is on, boil some water (We like to use a tea kettle). When it’s ready, pour the hot water into a large bowl and lean your honey-covered face over. Drape your head with a small towel to trap the steam. Sit for 5-10 minutes, breathe deeply.
3. Last step! Using a warm washcloth wipe the honey from your face. Then, while your skin is still warm, apply a clay mask** of your choosing. Let this dry for about 10 minutes, then use a warm, damp cloth to remove. Finish by moisturizing with an oil or cream (important to counteract clay’s drying effect).
Enjoy your glowing skin!
*Raw, organic honey is preferable and if you’d like to splurge Manuka Honey has extra powerful healing properties.
**Some recommendations are Indian Aztec clay or Evan Healy brand clays. Different clays work with different skin types, for example green clay for oily skin, pink clay for dry and white for all types, so choose accordingly.
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