Rose + Turmeric Clay Mask

Rose + Turmeric Clay Mask

I love going to spas and getting facials, massages, and pedicures.  It’s one of my all-time favorite indulgences (along with finding new specialty food items and Sauvignon Blanc).  But I rarely go to the spa at this phase of my life, I can’t always afford new specialty food items, and I don’t drink alcohol in the winter.  That last part may seem strange, but when it’s dreary and cold outside, I tend to become a little reclusive.  I like to drink when there’s a good reason, when it’s nice out and I’m feeling energetic (like going to the pool in the summer, coming home, and having a super cold and crisp glass of Sauv Blanc as the sun sets –that’s perfection).  Basically I find drinking in the winter depressing.  

I love making skin masks at home because I can do it on my own time, and it leaves me feeling refreshed, healthier, and prettier.  I’ve only posted one other mask so far, but I’ve got more ideas.

Here’s a simple clay mask that takes about 5 minutes to mix up and 20 minutes to set before you wash it off.  Turmeric has quite a few health benefits including being an anti-inflammatory, working to improve brain function, and working as an antioxidant.  But it’s not one of those ingredients you can only put in a few things.  Buy a big container, and use it for skincare and for making spicy food.  Bentonite clay is the base for the mask, and you can mix it with any number of other powders, liquids, and oils to treat different types of skin.  Bentonite clay helps the mask harden and pull impurities from the skin, and it puts the mud in a mud mask.  Rose water has an intoxicating aroma, but I put in because it also has anti-inflammatory properties.  Plus it controls skin’s pH balance and helps combat oily skin.  Lavender essential oil has a calming effect and a pretty scent, so I love putting it in different homemade beauty products.

 

Ingredientsimg_5544

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

2 tablespoons natural Bentonite clay

1 teaspoon rose water

2-3 drops lavender essential oil

water (between 2-8 tablespoons)

 

Directions

  1.  Sift the turmeric and clay into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Add the rose water, lavender essential oil.
  3. Add a little water at first to gauge how much you’ll need to get a mask consistency. Add more until it’s the thickness of a face mask.
  4. Use a small whisk or fork to incorporate everything together.
  5. Immediate apply to your skin generously.  Don’t forget your neck!
  6. Wait until the mask hardens, about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Either use a warm wash cloth or get in the shower to clean the mask from your skin.
  8. Moisturize your face immediately.