July 8, 2013

skincare: favorite face masks...for glowing skin

here are a few of my go-to masks for when my face is feeling dull, dehydrated, and congested. enjoy!

1. aztec secret indian healing clay mask - it's been several years since i've used the aztec secret healing clay mask...i used it during my high school years almost once a week..yup my skin was pretty resilient back then. when i entered my early twenties and my skin went haywire, i used the clay mask in hopes to calm down the acne, which unfortunately at the time it didn't help at all b/c my cystic acne was an internal problem so i discontinued use of the mask. but now this clay mask is back in action :) side note: i've cleared my cystic acne by taking supplements - that will be for a separate post.

for my extremely oily yet dehydrated (yes, why is my skin so crazy like that), sensitive, eczema, acne prone skin - i use this every 2 weeks to once a month depending on how my skin is behaving...once a week would be a bit too much for my sensitive skin these days. this is one powerful clay!

haha i can't move my face!
there are so many different ways to utilize this clay mask and one of my favorites is mixing it with apple cider vinegar and manuka honey (the honey makes it a bit more gentle)...apparently this recipe is similar to a mask cleopatra once used! this blog has a great summary of the different recipes using this powerful bentonite clay :)

2. manuka honey mask - this is an all around super hero. manuka honey has so many great skin and health benefits...it's antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral just to name a few. honey is extremely moisturizing, soothing, and healing as well. when i have the time, i love using this mask daily...i slather this on 30 min before i take my shower and i'm left with smooth, calm, healthy skin. sometimes i'll take a spoonful of this in tea or eat straight from the bottle b/c it is so good for you! when i'm not feeling lazy, sometimes i'll add a bit of lemon juice and vitamin c powder (l-ascorbic acid) for extra oomph to the mask!

note: manuka honey is different from regular raw honey - you need to use a UMF of 10+ or higher (this is equivalent to MGO 100+ or higher) to reap the therapeutic benefits. when i use honey with MGO 250+, i can only leave this on my skin for a maximum of 30 minutes...if i leave it on any longer, i end up with small little rash-like bumps on my face :( basically it's just way too powerful (i think it's the hydrogen peroxide action causing this). so, definitely be careful, choose the right strength, and monitor how your skin reacts to this powerful mask!

3. dr. hauschka rejuvenating mask - i've re-purchased this mask at least 4 times. when i was breaking out horribly in my early twenties, this helped my skin feel and look slightly better. it wasn't the best mask especially for the price, but it was reliable. now that my eczema is in full swing, i've noticed my skin reacts SO well to this mask...it soothes and brings down the inflammation of the eczema spot like no other. now i think my diet and face oils have been helping the eczema as well, but this mask is contributing so much to how quickly the spot is healing.

i'll leave this on for at least an hour but my favorite is when i don't have anywhere to go and leave this mask on all day at home. some people will apply the mask like a moisturizer and sleep in it overnight...that's how gentle it is!

4. i'm still on the hunt for the best papaya enzyme mask. i used to use the zia papaya enzyme mask religiously in high school and college and i really attributed my clear and even toned skin to that one product. unfortunately, when zia sold her company, this new company changed the formulation of the papaya enzyme mask :( i've tried the alba botanica's papaya enzyme mask and the elemis enzyme peel but nothing has worked as great as the original zia papaya mask. if any one knows of a really great, all natural papaya mask - i'm open to recommendations. also, looking for a great AHA mask...of course mychelle had to go and change their fruit fiesta peel from glycolic acid to lactic acid. my skin reacts extremely well to glycolic acid and not so much to lactic acid..why must companies always change the formulation of products that work so well for me...boo.

hope you can enjoy the benefits of these masks for healthy, glowing skin :)

happy monday! xo
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