Thursday, January 5, 2012
Winter Skin Remedies
Recently I was researching a few new recipes to try out for a program called Winter Skin Recovery, that I will be presenting at the Wauconda Area Public Library in February. They wanted a Bath and Beauty program with an emphasis on dry skin formulas since it will be happening in the middle of dry skin season. I wanted to include a few new recipes so I have been experimenting and researching and now that the heat is on and my skin is drying out it is a useful experiment.
One of the recipes I am testing is a cleanser using Lavender and Rose. Rose if very softening and Lavender is a gentle antiseptic so as a skin cleanser they are a good combination. Since this is not made with soap, it eliminates the drying effect soap can have. You actually make the blend and leave it dry, adding liquid just before you use it. That gives you a 3 to 6 month shelf life and the ability to keep from wasting it.
Here is the recipe for you to try too! Let me know if you enjoy it.
Lavender and Rose Cleanser
½ cup white clay, finely ground
1/3 cup ground oatmeal or oat flour
1 Tbls. Powdered lavender flowers
1 Tbls. Powdered rose petals
5 drops lavender essential oil
2 drop rose geranium essential oil
Mix dry ingredients, add essential oils and mix carefully and completely. Store in a zip seal bag or tightly lidded jar.
Directions for use: Place 2 teaspoons of powdered cleanser into a small bowl or the palm of your hand and add 2 tsp. of water, milk or cream. Stir to blend until a spreadable paste forms. Allow this paste to thicken for 1 minute. Using a soft cloth, cleansing pad or your fingers, apply entire mixture to cover face, throat and upper chest (avoiding eye areas) and massage in a circular motion for 1 minute. Rinse.
You can also use this as a face mask by spreading it on cleansed skin and letting it dry for 20 minutes before removing.Although this is a bath theme post, I just wanted to remind everyone that there is a SOUP MIX sale going on in our Etsy Store. Use the code JANSALE25 to get 25% off all out Soup Mixes.