I have a few little mantra’s when it comes to my skincare: Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth, ‘if it ain’t edible, it ain’t going on my skin!’ and ‘if you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it!’. (I’m sure they design those ingredients to be completely unpronounceable by anyone except the lab geek who manufactured them – maybe they think that the very length of the quadruple hyphenated word will completely put us off being bothered to actually research them!). Uh huh. Not me.
These little mantras of mine are pretty important and make a lot of sense. Our skin is the largest organ in our body with a high absorptive capacity. It acts like a sponge. The best example of how penetrable our skin is, is to think about nicotine patches. Stick the patch on, and before you know it, the nicotine has been absorbed through the skin and into the blood and you’ve got your fix. This is how lots of drugs are administered because the skin is a highly effective method of drug absorption.
The average woman will add more than 200 chemicals to her skin everyday – more than half of which end up making their way directly into the blood stream. That’s pretty crazy, and more than a little concerning. What the heck are these chemicals anyway? And are they really, really giving us that perfect, glossy, thick hair or wrinkle-free skin? Erm, you can guess my sentiments on this one! Many of them are toxins which can mess up our hormones, hurt our immune systems, and actually irritate and damage our skin. Some have even been linked to cancer.
Most of these completely unpronouncable ingredients also end up staying in our systems for way too long and builing up over a period of time because our poor (probably enlarged) liver just doesn’t know how to process them. That thought actually makes me sad – sad for our wonderful livers that are working 24/7 to detoxify our system and keep us healthy. I don’t know about you but I want a happy liver.
The people who make these products and chuck them full of 100 different chemical ingredients with the promise of eternal youth really don’t give two hoots about your health. They don’t care if they mess up your hormones or immune system. They will say ‘they have not been proven unsafe’ – but the point is, they haven’t been proven safe either! And there are many studies that do show harm. So really…let’s please ditch this crap from playing any role in our beauty regime. Why take the risk? Nature’s way is always the best.
I designed this face mask to be purifying as well as exfoliating. And you could totally eat it. But I’d probably stick to putting it on your face:). I have used it a few times now and I just LOVE it! I love the funky green colour, I love the fresh zesty smell and I love how it makes my skin look and feel. My skin felt so much softer, looked really hydrated and had a really lovely ‘glow’. Now I must admit, when I first made it the thought did pass my mind…’mmm, I really hope this isn’t going to leave me looking like the Boogie Man!’…And I can safely and very happily report no tint of green – only soft, healthy skin that will thank you for it!
Try it for yourself and let me know how you get on!
- – 1tbsp kaolin clay
- – 2 tsp ground rice or ground oats (for exfoliation)
- – 2 tbsp aloe vera juice
- – 1 tsp lemon juice
- – 1/2 tsp chorella powder
- – 3 drops lemon essential oil
- – 1 drop lavender essential oil
- add the clay, ground rice and chorella powder to a small bowl and mix until well combined
- next, add the aloe and lemon juice, and mix to a paste (if it is too hard, you can add a little water)
- finally add the essential oils
- apply a thin layer of the mask to clean, make-up free skin, avoiding your eyebrow area and eyes.
- ;eave on for 5 minutes before washing off with warm water
- I like to keep mine in the fridge so that it is lovely and cold when I apply it – it has more toning quality then and literally wakes your skin up.
- It will last covered in the fridge for about 1 week.