"Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit."
Self-care is so so important, yet we so often prioritise other things. So what is self-care? For me, self-care may be anything that makes you feel really good. That might be taking a long bath, going for a run, getting lost in a good book, doing yoga, meditate, pampering your skin... Whatever makes you happy. I LOVE to apply a face mask and then step into a hot bath with lots of calming essential oils. It may sound vain to feel good about a face mask, but for me it's more about showing myself (and my skin) some love than vanity. And as my face is quite acne-prone it feels very nice to deeply cleanse my skin about once a week. I most often use this super simple home-made face mask with green clay and spirulina which feels amazingly cleansing. Here's what to do to get the glow back:
Cleanse face with your favourite cleanser. Then exfoliate, either with a konjac sponge (my fave) or a gentle face scrub. Pat face dry. Apply the mask and relax for 10-15 minutes. Put on some nice music, drink tea, breathe... Remove the mask with a face cloth soaked in warm water and pat face dry. Apply toner if using. Then spritz face with lavender or rose water and apply a face oil or face cream. Done!
Green clay is very cleansing as it draws toxins out of the skin. Also calming and anti-inflammatory.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Helps the skin detoxify.
Cinnamon is antibacterial and may help clear acne.
See recipe below.
Spirulina & Green Clay Face Mask
2 tsp green clay powder
1/2 tsp spirulina powder
2 tsp lavender or rose water
Optional: Generous dash of cinnamon
Mix together in a small bowl and apply to freshly cleansed and dried face. Remove with warm water or a damp face cloth after 10-15 minutes.