Containing abundant and lively fresh spring greens, this mask really "Leaves" You Glowing (groan, I know!)...
Dandelions, ground ivy, plantain and violet leaf are soothing, healing, nourishing, cooling and toning to skin. The honey in this mask provides gentle moisture, while the kaolin helps to clarify pores, tone and soften skin. It all comes together to add a luminous loveliness to your complexion.
Actually, true story about this mask - after using it one night before a gathering of friends, a girlfriend pulled me aside and questioned the glow on my face with an arched brow - suspecting scandalous happenings prior to my attendance. Ha ha! 'Twas simply this mask!
While these plants are all abundant and vigorous growers, please do harvest them responsibly and sustainably so that they stick around. :) And for safety's sake, please be sure you have identified these plants properly before using them on your skin. The pictures below can serve as a guide, as can the USDA Plants Database.
Also, although these plants are very gentle, if you have any plant allergies or sensitive/reactive skin, please first test this mask on a patch of skin for 15 minutes, then wait 24 hours to ensure there are no adverse reactions prior to using it on a larger area.
OK, now that I have all the boring disclaimers out of the way, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! May the wonderful plants some call "weeds" soothe your skin, as well as your soul.
|Ground ivy tones, tightens and cools skin.|
|Dandelion leaf nourishes and energizes skin.|
|Plantain heals and soothes.|
|Anti-inflammatory violet leaf calms skin.|
"Leaves" You Glowing
|Pretty, pretty greens.|
1 small handful dandelion, ground ivy, plantain and/or violet leaves (whatever you have locally available)
4 T raw honey6T kaolin clay
1 small chunk fresh aloe (optional)
- Gently wash greens under cool water.
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend well, adding a few drops of water if needed to get the right consistency. If it gets too runny you can add a bit more clay. It should look like spinach dip when you are done. :)
- Apply to freshly cleansed skin and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. This will make enough to share with a few friends!
- Rinse with cool water and finish with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
|Adding the kaolin.|
Let's make this mask together in my upcoming class, Backyard Skin Care. Click here or on the CLASSES tab above to find out more details!
What are your favorite ways to use spring greens?