Beauty comes from the inside out. If your body doesn’t have much to complain about, you’ll glow on the outside all by yourself. Keeping yourself healthy with pure, whole foods will keep your skin happier than eating a bag of chips. What’s more, our skin is our largest organ (yes, organ!) and it tells us very clearly how we’re doing in terms of overall health. Everything from what you eat and drink and how much time you spend in the sun (and the smog!) to whether or not you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day or don’t get enough exercise (which slows the circulation of blood) is reflected in your skin. Your age, choice of make-up, exposure to free radicals, the way your body digests food and your genes also all play a role in determining the health of your skin. Basically all of the choices that you make have an impact on your skin and on your face. It’s incredible and definitely something to consider.
Drinking a lot (of water!) and eating fresh, unprocessed food can bring your skin back into balance can help you find your glow after a cold winter or a super stressful work week. And every now and then, we should also take a look at what we’re putting on our skin. My personal belief is that you should be able to eat the products you put on your skin since everything you put on your skin in absorbed into your bloodstream. So it needs to be all natural, baby!
Before I go to bed to dream up new recipes, I always massage pure coconut oil on my full body and use a really good toner, serum & moisturizer (Esse) but I’ve been looking for a really great, all-natural facemask for a while. And when I can’t find something, as you know, I just make it myself! After some messing around, trial and error and experimentation (and, secretly, tasting) I came up with the perfect recipe for a natural facial cleanse. I use it every month and it feels great!
My treatment that nurtures your face, moisturizes and softens your skin (it’ll feel sooo smooth afterwards!) is literally finger-licking good!
The ingredients (makes enough for about 3 masks):
2 tbsp oatmeal
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp (raw) honey
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Remove the flesh of the avocado and blend it together with the other ingredients using an immersion blender or food processor until fine. Transfer to a small container and apply about a third of the mixture to your freshly cleansed face. Leave it on for 30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Do this three times in a week. Your skin will love it! Make sure you store the mask in the fridge; it’ll keep better that way. Shine on!