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3rd Jan

2014

lemonfacemask

Making sunshine!

There are two things about me that have not changed since I was a kid. I strongly dislike winter and I LOVE being in the sun. Seriously, I could be having the most horrible day but if I am able to get a few minutes to soak up the sun’s rays I feel like a brand new happier me.

Since this winter has already been a brutal one I wanted to share a recipe for bringing a little sunshine into your home.

I really love a good spa treatment and I will find any excuse I can to pamper myself. It goes along with my philosophy of “take care of yourself first so you can then take care of others”.

So here it is, a bright and sunny, clarifying, toning and moisturizing face mask. This thing is so juicy and delicious you can literally eat it as it drips down your face. The best part is that you only need two things, lemon juice and raw honey. No harsh chemicals or toxic ingredients so you can feel good about putting it on your face. AND It taste like lemonade when it hits your lips :)

Here are just a few of the benefits of using lemon and honey on the skin due to their antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant properties. Honey is also a natural humectant which means it literally draws moisture out of the air making it an excellent moisturizer.

* unclog pores and remove blackheads

*reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

*soften the skin and evens complexion

*reduces oil

*calms red and inflamed skin

*brightens dark spots and lightens acne scars

There are two ways you can apply this face mask:

1) I like to cut an organic lemon in half and slather a teaspoon of raw honey on one side. Then in the shower I steam my face and rub the lemon all over it for about a minute. I leave the mask on my face while I finish my shower. Before I get out I rinse my face with warm water. I will usually use coconut or sesame oil as a moisturizer afterward.

2) The second way is to mix the juice of half a lemon with a teaspoon of raw honey in a little container that you can keep in the bathroom for a couple of days. You then steam the face with a warm washcloth, apply the mask and let it sit for about 10 min before rinsing completely.

One word of caution, if you have sensitive skin you may want to use half lemon juice/half water and test it out on a small part of skin before applying to the entire face. You will feel a slight tingling sensation but it should not burn. Lemon can make the skin more sensitive to the sun so make sure to use a good sunscreen and maybe don’t do this mask if you are about to have a beach day. Another great reason I like to do this in the winter :)

Let the sun shine in!

 

 

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