With my approaching period, I’ve been feeling not quite myself lately. I’ve been eating everything in sight without a second thought. My skin and my hair haven’t been behaving themselves (My clay and eggs mask had positive but fleeting results), and after walking Clem and Winston every day this week, my feet are sore and actually pretty smelly (It happens to the best of us). One night this week, in an attempt to make myself look and feel less haggard, I made time for a hair mask, face mask, foot moisturizing/scraping (I did try to think of a less disgusting word), and a long bath (which was made complete by a couple of drops of sweet orange and lavender essential oils).
The hair mask did make my hair shiny, and my feet feel a million times better, but the bath and face mask were definitely the highlights of my night. Since I slightly altered the face mask that I linked to, here are the exact proportions I used:
- 1 tbsp of whole organic milk
- 1 tbsp of honey
- all of the aloe vera gel that I could squeeze out of that chunk in the picture
- 1 drop of lavender essential oil
- a pinch of whole grain old fashioned oats
This was my first time using essential oil to make a face mask, and it couldn’t have been a lovelier experience. I love the scent of lavender, and it had a calming effect on both me and my skin. I got a little on my lips and, after licking it off, discovered that this mask is also oddly delicious. I’m not entirely sure that ingesting lavender oil is safe, but I can’t imagine that just a drop would be dangerous. I did a little research, quickly became overwhelmed, and then gave up.
As for bathtime, sweet orange oil will definitely be a common future addition. I actually felt cheerful afterwards.
Here’s my skin post mask. Yes, that is a floral towel turban on my head.
P.S. In the first picture, the tiny brown bottle with the dropper (which used to be home to my argan oil) contains a mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil. I applied it to my feet in addition to the peppermint lotion.
If you haven’t had a date with a couple of masks and a hot bath lately, then I’d suggest treating yourself. I feel great!
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