I know it's been a while since I've shared a skincare diary with you guys...
Every week I intend to write down what I do to my face but then I realize that by about Tuesday afternoon I've completely forgotten to keep track!
To compromise, I'll share this lovely facial masque recipe that I enjoyed last week.
I call it my rosy, glowy facial, because it's pink, full of roses, and makes my skin G L O W !!!
Here's what you need:
1. Cleanser + Masque $10/$30 Honestly, this simple, exfoliating, skin-brightening, healing cleanser is probably my favorite product that I make. It has completely changed my face, and I don't think I could ever wash my face with regular soap or liquid foaming cleansers again.
2. Pink Kaolin Clay Add-in$6 French pink kaolin clay is actually a combination of red and white kaolin clay. It's a step up from the white kaolin clay that's already in my cleanser in terms of pulling impurities from your pores, but it's more gentle than red kaolin clay. I use this when I want a good, deep clean but don't want to fuss with a charcoal masque. Also, there's just something about it - (the pink color perhaps?) that makes my skin look so radiant and glowy!
3. Rose Hydrosol $14 I've been loving my rose hydrosol lately. It's hydrating, smells amazing, balances your skin's oil production... I mean, why use regular water on your face when you can use water that comes out of roses?!
4. Facial Oil$12/$35 Because it's absolutely chock full of amazing goodness for your skin. It's cleansing, anti-inflammatory, healing, helps even skin tone... it's my powerhouse do it all serum!
Bonus if you want to be really fancy:
5. Sandalwood Powder Add-in $16 This isn't necessary to get all of the benefits of this mask, but it is so, so lovely and totally worth the cost. Sandalwood powder has antiseptic properties that help heal/stop breakouts, and it also has moisturizing/antiaging benefits. Plus, it smells like sandalwood and makes you feel so luxurious! My favorite!
What to do:
1. Remove your makeup. Always start a masque on a clean face. I highly recommend doing a quick oil cleanse first.
2. Wet your face with water. (Or, if you want to be really fancy, rose hydrosol.)
3. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of cleanser into the palm of your hand.
4. On top of that, sprinkle about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the pink kaolin clay (and optional sandalwood powder.) Note that these measurements are approximate. If you follow my instagram stories, you can probably tell that I just eyeball it while standing over my bathroom sink. If you're uptight about that stuff, feel free to get out measuring spoons and mix this up in a little bowl!
5. Add 3-5 drops of facial oil to the powder mixture.
6. Use your free hand to turn on the sink and sprinkle a bit of water onto the powder oil mixture to make a paste. Go slowly by adding a few drops at a time. You want to make something that you can spread onto your face easily that isn't too runny. It may take you a couple of tries to find the consistency that you like!
7. Let it sit on your face for as long as you like. I like to wait a few minutes then...
8. Mist on rose hydrosol to keep the mask moist so it can stay on longer! The thing about clay masks is that once the clay dries, it's kind of done working. So if you really want your skin to get a good, luxurious facial, you'll want to keep it from drying out too quickly. Or, you can keep it short and sweet and rinse it off as soon as it dries. Up to you!
9. Rinse it off with warm water. If you're having trouble getting it off, use a warm, damp washcloth to gently wipe it away.
10. Tone with rose hydrosol or toning mist. You'll want to make sure to clear your pores of any excess clay. Spritz the hydrosol (or toning mist if you have it on hand) onto a cotton ball and wipe it all over your face. You'll see why this is a necessary step when you look at the cotton ball.
11. Moisturize with facial oil. I like to move quickly - while my face is still damp from the toner/hydrosol, I massage 3-4 drops of facial oil all over my face and neck. Doing this while your skin is still damp helps lock in that lovely hydrating hydrosol.
12. Follow with your usual nighttime routine. For me, that typically means a layer of beauty butter all over my face and eyes, and lip balm. I pretty much always do facials at night, because it seems weird to me to do all of that work and then go put on makeup or expose my skin to environmental pollution. Plus, I love to wake up to baby soft, glowing skin! If you want to do this in the morning, I highly recommend following with facial balm for a protective barrier before you put on makeup or head outside!
I mean... can you believe you're just $42 from radiant, healthy skin?