We've got the secret to a spa-worthy, organic, herbal facial experience that will open your pores (And you don't need to shell out big bucks at a salon, or even leave your kitchen!)
Natural face masks, scrubs, and cleansers you make yourself are a gentle and wonderful way to cleanse, exfoliate, and enhance blood circulation to your skin. It's also wise to make your own natural face masks and face scrubs at home because you know exactly what organic ingredients you're using, plus it saves you money since many of these items are already in your refrigerator, and regardless won't cost as much as the ready-made products.
Making your own face masks also helps protect you from thousands of harmful chemicals lurking in personal care products—many are labeled "natural," but are not organic, or even truly natural. (For more on this, check out the 6 Most Harmful Ingredients Found in Body Lotion. Yikes!)
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Using safe and effective herbs and other skin care ingredients is important because your skin is your body's largest organ—3,000-square inches that acts like a living sponge. Whether the makeup, shampoo, and lotions ingredients you use are safe or toxic, your skin quickly absorbs them and feeds them into your bloodstream where they're immediately circulated throughout your body.
Because your homemade herbal beauty products and natural facial cleansers do not contain chemical preservatives, they'll have a shorter shelf life than their commercial counterparts. Be mindful of this and make herbal beauty products in small batches. You can store them in your refrigerator to keep them fresh for as long as possible.
To reduce the risk of spoilage, make sure that all the equipment you use to make your natural face masks is clean. Avoid dipping your fingers directly into the mixtures when you apply them to your face; instead, use a small spatula or other clean utensil. Also, to be safe and to avoid an allergic reaction, test any new herbal product on the inside of your arm before applying it to your face, and avoid getting any cosmetic product in your eyes.
Below are our recipes for natural face masks you can make right now. It's time to get serious about DIY skin care!
This article was adapted from Rodale's 21st Century Herbal.