Everyone needs a little self-improvement, right? That’s why I’ve set a personal challenge for the month of July to tweak here and there areas in my life that need some extra attention. Nothing radical mind you. Just little things I can do to bring more clarity, more joy, and more vitality to improve my daily routine.
Day 14: Face Care
My problem: Yes, I am 54 years old and yes, I still get pimples, blocked pores, and blackheads not to mention dry patches on my face.
My goal: Spend quality time with my face
My plan: Once a month, give myself a facial. Notice I said, give myself a facial. I am all about saving time and money by doing things on my own in the comfort of my own home.
I was out of the face mask samples that I’ve collected from my favorite skincare stores like Ulta, Sephora, and Origins. So I did what all creative, cheap people do: I went on Pinterest and found this simple and easy, all natural, homemade DIY Face Mask on one of my favorite sites: Good Things By Jillee. It only has two ingredients: honey and an apple. I had both so I was in luck. A great way to not waste a wrinkly apple that I had in my fridge that wasn’t too appetizing to eat.
I had learned about the healing and medicinal properties of honey at a blog conference. Did you know that honey is a natural humectant — a substance used to attract and retain moisture. Perfect for my face. Honey is also an anti-irritant, making it a preferred ingredient for those who’s face has sensitive skin or is acne prone. No matter your age, honey helps maintain a youthful glow. And besides, it is an all natural product.
All Natural DIY Face Mask
What I learned:
1) The face mask was a little tricky to apply on my face. Make sure you stand over a sink (leftovers of the mask will drop off) and rub it purposefully to get it to adhere to your skin.
2) This face mask smells delightful.
3) After 10 minutes, my face started to feel tingly (proof to me the mask is working). After 15 minutes, my skin started to feel “tighter.” Just to make sure I was receiving all the benefits, I left it on my face for 30 minutes.
4) My face definitely felt clean and soft after I washed it off.
5) Added benefit: I used the residual honey from the tablespoon to rub into my cuticles. I’ve had problems with dry cuticles and peeling nails. I left it on fo rthe same length of time as the mask and then washed my hands with warm water and toweled dry. The honey made an immediate difference with my nails. Nice.
6) Storing: I put the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. When I came back to use it the next month, there were moldy things growing in it (Duh-it is natural). No worries. I just scraped off the top layer and used what was left. After all, I’m not eating it…it is for my face.
Honey and apple. Who would have guessed that these two natural ingredients could make such an effective face mask. An easy way to spend quality time on my face.
Day 14: Face Care