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That time of year has finally arrived.  After an awesome two months of the kids being out of school;  Participating in more activities than you can count on both hands; AND striving for the best summer ever….it’s back to school!  PHEWWW…now that the kids are taken care of what about you?

I’ve put together a simple DIY facial routine that is easily adjusted based on skin type and will leave you feeling fabulous.  This face regime from beginning to end incorporates all the elements necessary to get your face looking its brightest.

Set aside 45 minutes just for you.  Pick out your favorite TV show, grab a book  OR plan to gaze freely out the window.  Whatever you choose to do, DO IT FOR YOU!  Self care is very addictive.  After doing this routine twice and feeling l’ve I FINALLY done something for myself, I now dedicated 2 times a week for this plan…Because it makes me feel good.  What have you been doing for yourself lately?

Things you’ll need:

Exfoliator:

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp coconut oil (this is my oil of preference.  You could also use grape seed or olive oil)

Pore tightening & blackhead removal:

1 egg white

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

 Facemask:

1 tsp bentonite clay

1 tsp water

1 tsp raw honey

2 drops lavender oil (optional)

Toner:

1 tbsp ACV

Water

*( 1:1 ratio for oily skin/ 1:2 ratio for normal skin/ 1:4 ratio for sensitive skin)

Cotton balls or pad

Moisturizer:  1 tsp grape seed oil (or lightweight oil of your choice suitable for the face)

**DIY face care rocks because for the most part, the ingredients used are common food items we likely already have at home.  This is great!  Cuz looking fab shouldn’t cost a fortune.

 

Step 1 – Exfoliate

  1. Mix baking soda and oil thoroughly until it becomes a paste.
  2. Moisten face with some warm water
  3. Scoop mixture with your hands and lightly rub in a circular motion.      Note: how hard you press your face and the drier the mixture gets will determines the abrasiveness of the exfoliator.
  4. Stop after about a minute and wash off using a face cloth. Pat face dry.

*You may be asking yourself “is exfoliating necessary?” and to that I say “Definitely!” Removing the dead layers of skin before applying face masks is a critical part of the process.  If you don’t remove those dead skin cells the goodness from the masks won’t make it down to the layers of skin that need rejuvenating, and the impurities will be drawn to the surface of the skin, but won’t make it out because they are trapped under a layer of dead skin.   Long story short:  ALWAYS EXFOLIATE!

Step 2 – Pore tightening & blackhead removal

  1. Beat egg white and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice until mixture becomes thick.
  2. Apply several coats to the face allowing a few seconds in between coats to allow the mask to set (use your fingers or a foundation brush for application)
  3. Allow face to dry completely. You should see and feel your face tightening.
  4. When done, use a face cloth and luke warm water to remove the mask. Use a circular motion.
  5. Pat face to dry.

Step 3 – Clay Mask

*NOTE: do not use metal with Bentonite clay.  Healing clays such as Bentonite clay gains an electrical charge when wet, which makes it great for drawing impurities out of the pores.  However, metal could reduce it’s effectiveness.

  1. Mix Bentonite clay and honey ( I use a wooden bowl and bamboo whisk, but anything non metal will work)
  2. Add water and whisk. The mask should thin and liquidy.
  3. Optional – add 2 drops of lavender oil. {I love using lavender, especially in the evenings. The relaxing sent sets the tone of the rest of your day.}
  4. Let mask sit on your face until dry (approx 15-20 mins)
  5. Wash off using a face cloth and luke warm water to remove the mask. Use a circular motion.

Step  4 – Toner & Moisturizer

  1. Mix ACV and water {refer to ratios provided in “things you’ll need” section for appropriate strength}
  2. Dip cotton ball or pad into the mixture and wipe all over face.
  3. Moisture using grape seed oil, or any lightweight oil suitable for the face

Voila!! Fantastic glowing skin…all thanks to you!

Bye for now.

XO JJ

Joël Jones is a Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga teacher based in Toronto.  She is a self-love/self-care advocate/teacher, and proud defender of flavor (for all her picky eaters out there!)