Today’s first was inspired by the fact that September 30 is National Mud Pack Day, according to holidayinsights.com. I opted out of using mud, and instead browsed through a variety of Do It Yourself facials online until I found one I wanted to try.
There is an abundance of DIY facials available, most using ingredients I already have in my kitchen. I love making my own beauty and bath products. I haven’t tried a face mask yet so I was excited to pamper my skin this evening. This recipe came from the Woman’s Day website, where I found DIY face masks for all skin types. I selected one for dry skin that soothes, heals and moisturizes. It was so easy to make!
Honey & Apple Cider Vinegar Face Mask for Dry Skin
Whisk together in a small bowl:
2 Tablespoons of honey
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (can use lemon juice instead)
Smooth over clean dry face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rise off with tepid water followed by a cool rinse. This facial can be done three times a week.
Honey is a humectant and a natural antibiotic and heals and moisturizes. Apple cider vinegar helps to balance the pH of skin and soothes damaged skin. I whisked the ingredients together while a cup of green tea was brewing. After the liquid cooled slightly, I soaked two cotton squares in the tea. Green tea tones, refreshes and “de-puffs” the delicate under eye skin.
I gathered my iPhone and ear buds and prepared to be soothed for 20 minutes. After dabbing on the face mask, I got comfortable on the bed and covered my eyes with the green tea soaked cotton squares. I snapped a pic, which wasn’t easy with my eyes covered! I like to document what I am doing though. And then I relaxed and listened to Audible on my phone while the face mask did its magic. Alright, I really fell asleep a few minutes into the Audible book, but that’s okay. Apparently, that’s what my body needed. The time stretched to 40 minutes before I stirred and sat up.
The facial washed off easily. My skin felt smooth, soft and toned. I was pleased! The concoction smelled pleasant to me, although if one doesn’t like the smell of apple cider vinegar, this wouldn’t be the facial for her. The mixture was sticky enough to cling to my skin, and fingers when I reached up to touch my cheek, yet rinsed away cleanly. I will definitely use this facial again and try some others.
Most importantly, I took time tonight to do something good for myself. And when I do that, even in a small way, it makes me feel great all over. That’s a great return for such a simple project.