This mask gently cleanses the skin, and mildly exfoliates too. Great for blemished skin too!
Simple apple mask
1-2 teaspoons organic applesauce
½ teaspoon organic honey or agave
1 drop lavender essential oil or chamomile essential oil
Mix the applesauce with the honey. Add the drop of essential oil and stir well.
Leave on the skin for 10-15 minutes (5 minutes if your skin is really sensitive). Rinse well. Follow with a toner and either an oil, oil based serum or elixir, cream, or lotion. Use 1-2 times a week. Make fresh each time (or label and then store the excess in the fridge for 2-3 days).
Add more honey or agave if the mask is too thin. Or add more applesauce or a little spring water if you want a thinner mask.
Apples contain malic acid, which gently exfoliates the skin. Apples are also rich sources of vitamins (such as A) and minerals. Be sure to get a brand that is unsweetened (so pure apples, no other added ingredients).
Honey and agave soften the skin, and are also rich in nutrients. Agave is a vegan ingredient.
Lavender and chamomile essential oils are anti-inflammatory and soothing. For chamomile essential oil, either roman chamomile (latin name: Chamaemelum nobile. Sometimes still called Anthemis nobilis) or german chamomile (latin name: are Matricaria recutita. Sometimes still called Matricaria chamomilla) can be used in this mask.
About The Author:
Li Wong has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. She has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001, and is currently a student of Jeanne Rose’s Aromatherapy Studies Course. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup company.
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