I’d love to tell you that I live a life of present moment awareness. I’d love to tell you that I start each morning off with a 15 minute meditation, that I take my time eating all my meals, and that I go to bed and rise with the sun.
I can tell you that I strive for all of those things, but the fact of the matter is my life is constantly about working towards that balance.
Can you relate? (I think you can).
So, because I can’t live my life on a yoga and green juice retreat, I have been making more room for moments of ritual and self care in my everyday life. Today I want to share my weekend skincare practice with you – a homemade herbal facial that feels decadent and precious in each one of its steps.
I have to tell you that putting my bare skinned, makeup-less face here on the internet has me feeling a bit vulnerable. But it’s also a statement of pure being. This is me, world, sharing a bit of my life with you in hopes that you might find some joy in doing the same – or inspiration to make your own variation.
Homemade Herbal Facial
As you can see from the video, the measurements listed below are approximations. The facial recipe is highly intuitive for me, and I really just add what amount of each ingredient feels right (within reason). But, to be fair to you and start you on the right track, I’ve put some measurements below.
Step 1: Make Your Herbal Tea
Combine ¼ c. (each) of dried chamomile, jasmine, lavender, and rose petals in a large bowl. Pour 3 cups of hot water over and let steep for 5 mins. Once steeped, place a towel over your head for a 5-8 min herbal steam to gently open your pores.
When finished, strain the herbal tea, composting the herbs and keeping the tea for the next steps.
Step 2: Cleansing Grains
This is a milder method for cleansing the skin than soap (I also prefer using honey). There are many recipes for a soothing cleansing grain, but this one is simple.
1/4 cup oats (you can grind them down if you aren’t a fan of the chunkier stuff)
1/4 cup almond meal
3 tbsp. herbal tea
Mix into a paste and gently massage onto the face. Rise off with warm water, and dry with a towel
Step 3: Clay Masque
In this case, I used a combination of White Halloysite and Red Moroccan Rhassoul clay with a few other cleansing herbs. The clay warms the skin, stimulating circulation and pull out impurities from the pores. You can purchase these cosmetic clays at Mountain Rose Herbs or you can use my favorite product The Clean Dirt from May Lindstrom Skin
To make the masque, add herbal tea water to the clay powder mixture – just enough to make a nice paste you can easily apply to your skin. Apply and let completely dry before rinsing off with warm water and drying face once more.
Step 4: Moisturize
This may come as a shock to you, but I have been using oils to moisturize my face for the past year and it’s amazing. Facial oils penetrate the skin and promote healing at a cellular level. Even acne prone skin needs a healthy balance of oils to heal and restore balance in the skin. Since I started using and making my own facial oils, I’ve seen such a huge difference in my skin.
For this facial, I’ve prepared a gentle moisturizing oil mixture combining 10 drops jojoba oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, ¼ tsp calendula oil, and 10 drops rose hip seed oil. Mix them around and place a few drops in the palm – rub together before gently applying all over the face and neck.
Step 5: Jasmine Water Spritz
The ritual is completed with a few spritzes of fresh jasmine water to seal in moisture and provide an aromatic, uplifting way to commemorate the moment. You can make jasmine water by combining fresh or dried jasmine flowers with hot water (just like the recipe for Rose Water).
Once I’m spritzed, I am ready to begin my day or savor a sweet night of luxurious slumber.
(Film by Jamie Oliveira)