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Facial Masks, Treat Your Skin

Facial treatments, unless part of our daily beauty routine, are often overlooked.  Most of us barely have time to floss let alone apply a mask and put our feet up for the suggested 10-15 minutes.  Even if we do have the time, the thought of a putting on a facial mask is not what comes to mind.

Last night, as I was digging through my basket of samples and forgotten purchases I stumbled across a clay mask I was sent a few months ago, and figured “why not?”.  After rinsing the mask off and peering at my fresh, glowing skin in the mirror, I remembered why I used to make time for these things.

Three of my favorite safe organic facial masks:

Pangea Japanese Matcha Tea Facial Mask with Acai & Goji Berry – This super nourishing mask leaves skin bright, healthy and toned and is worth every penny.  Use once weekly to keep skin looking radiant.  Looks really spooky on but the end result is fabulous.  My sensitive skin even loves this mask!  $40

Skin Apricot Berry Clay – Mix a small amount with a tablespoon of water and spread onto face.  Leave for 10 minutes or so and rinse off with warm water.  My skin was happy and looked great after using this mask.  $14.95

Organic Apoteke Rejuvenating Face Mask – Said to give your skin the same circulation as a 5 mile run.  Detoxifies skin and fortifies with active ingredients.  $38.47

Try these from your kitchen:

Julie Gabriel, author of The Green Beauty Guide, suggests this homemade mask to stimulate circulation and calm the skin.

Breakfast Yogurt Scrub

20 g brewer’s yeast (powder or tablets)
2 teaspoons plain organic yogurt
2 teaspoons almond meal
1 teaspoon Manuka honey

1. Grind the tablets of brewer’s yeast (if using tablets) in mortar.  2.  Add remaining ingredients and mix together.  Use the scrub immediately, do not store.  Leave on skin for a few minutes before rinsing off.

One of my favorite homemade remedies is plain organic yogurt mixed with a few drops of rosehip oil.  Yogurt exfoliates and tones, while rosehip oil repairs and nurtures skin.  Follow with a splash of freshly brewed, cooled green tea for added antioxidant benefits.

Make time for a facial treatment just once a week and your skin will thank you by looking its best.

Image credit:  okbecki at, Creative Commons license.

Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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