Natural Beauty Recipe: Green Clay Purifying Face Masque for Softer, Younger-Looking Skin
by Tracy Neely
French green clay, known as illite, is a 100% natural bio-organic material. Over thousands of years in the earth it absorbs a wealth of essential healing minerals from the plant kingdom including Silica, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Cobalt, Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Aluminium, Phosphorous, & Sodium. After removal from the ground the illite is naturally sun-dried, capturing the solar energy which activates the vital minerals and trace elements within.
French green clay takes its name from the fact that rock quarries located in southern France enjoyed a virtual monopoly on its production until similar deposits of illite clays were identified in China, Montana, and Wyoming. The clay’s green color comes from a combination of iron oxides and decomposed plant matter, mostly kelp seaweed and other algae.
It is regarded as a beneficial treatment for stimulating the skin and removing impurities from the epidermis (outermost layer of skin cells). The clay works by adsorbing impurities from the skin cells, by causing dead cells to slough off, and by stimulating the flow of blood to the epidermis. As the clay dries on the skin, it causes the pores to tighten and the skin to feel firm.
Your Natural Face Masque Ingredients
Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw and Organic)
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and is made from the juice of pressed organic apples that have been put through the natural process of fermentation. It is allowed to ferment past the stages of sweet and dry cider into the vinegar stage. Unlike other vinegars, apple cider vinegar is not distilled (turned to steam by heat), as this destroys most of the enzymes, minerals, trace minerals, pectin and other valuable nutrients. All of these remain intact in the “mother,” that is, the solid layer that forms on top of the vinegar during fermentation. Apple cider vinegar that has not been distilled, preserves its natural malic and tartaric acids, which assist the body in fighting toxins and unfriendly bacteria.
Healthy skin has a protective acid mantle that can be stripped away by overuse of alkaline body soaps, many of which also contain preservatives, synthetic perfumes, animal fats and hormones. Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, helps keep the skin in an acidic state. It’s important to remember that the skin is the major organ of elimination, so maintaining an acid mantle assists the normal detoxification process of the skin.
Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Juniper berry essential oil is distilled from the berries, twigs and leaves of J. communis. The essential oil from the berries is considered to be the most suitable oil for use in aromatherapy. The best juniper berries are collected in northern Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and France. The best juniper berry essential oil is steam-distilled from the crushed, dried or partly dried ripe berries. It is a clear to pale-yellow oil with a fresh, yet warm, rich balsamic, woody-sweet and pine-needle-like odor.
Juniper essential oil has traditionally been used as an anti-septic, astringent, digestive stimulant, and for purifying and detoxifying the body.
Beauty Note: Juniper Berry Essential Oil is contra-indicated during pregnancy.
4 Tbsp. French green clay
4 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
3 to 4 drops juniper berry essential oil
Combine French green clay with apple cider vinegar, add 3 drops juniper berry essential oil and stir the mixture until it is a smooth paste – add more clay or apple cider vinegar if needed. Apply 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick layer of clay to the face and let it dry. Drying times vary, but times are generally 5 minutes for delicate skin and 15- 20 minutes for normal skin. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation on the skin as the masque d
Beauty Tip: Please be sure to wet the masque completely with cool water before gently removing the masque with a wet cloth. Once masque is completely removed, rinse face with cool water and apply your favorite moisturizer.
I hope you enjoy this treatment as much as I do!!
p.s.It’s one thing to have beautifully soft, young looking skin. It’s another to know how to show it off with grace, poise and feminine charm that turns heads without you saying a word.
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