Natural Beauty

Cacao & Honey Facial Mask

Facials are a well-loved beauty ritual that have long been used to tone & firm skin; to stimulate circulation to the face; and to cleanse dirt and toxins from the pores.

This luxurious facial mask is easy & quick to put together. It includes only a few simple ingredients that boost the overall health of skin.

Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is rich in antioxidants. Honey pulls fresh blood to the facial tissues and removes dirt & toxins. It is smoothing and softening to the skin, giving it a healthy glow.

Clay has long been used for both cosmetic, as well as medicinal applications. I like what herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar, says about clay. “It is the essence of mountains ground down through the ages into a smooth powder. It has been blessed by thousands of sunrises, sunsets, windstorms, and rainstorms. When we use clay in our cosmetics, we are mixing the energy of thousands of years and using it as a beauty aid.”

Bentonite is a mild, mucilaginous clay that is suitable for most skin types. It supplies minerals and binds to toxins, making it detoxifying and nourishing to the skin (Gladstar 120-121).

To make this mask, you will need:

  • 1/2 tsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp water

Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add water and mix together to make a paste. Smooth the mask onto your face and let dry completely.

Rinse with warm water, gently massaging face to remove.

After you’ve washed the mask off and patted your face dry, apply an astringent —like rose water or a facial toning spritz — to tone and close the pores.

Apply a cleansing & nourishing facial mask, like this one, once a week or so as part of a regular skin care routine to keep your skin healthy and radiant.


References

Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. Storey Publishing. 2008.

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