My White Magic Face Mask

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One of the many benefits of working with creating skin care products is that I always have a lot of different ingredients in stock that I can mix, test, and play with when I get an idea or if my skin has a particular need.

This mask contains my favorite oils: shea butter, coconut oil, and kukui nut oil, all of which nourish, protect, help rebuild my skin, and deeply moisturizes without leaving a greasy surface.

I’ve also added vitamins C and B3 (because I can), and to keep it all together I use the fine white kaolin clay.

I’ve also found out which herbs that are particularly caring and nourishing, and that different kinds of herbs in the same recipe provide great synergy because herbs love working together with other herbs.

Finally, I added the citrus oils mandarin, bergamot, lime, and sweet orange. This fragrance blend not only delivers excellent care to your skin; it’s also a rush of bliss to mind and body.

I call this mask for The White Magic because it amazes me every time I use it. It makes my skin SIL-KY SOFT and provides a more clean, even and fresh complexion.

I use it three to four times a week at the moment, as I'm working on getting rid of some pigment spots I have on my forehead, along the hairline, and on my temples. I pay the price now for the endless hours I spend in my youth every summer on the beach, but I find that this treatment brightens and makes my complexion more even.

Everyone can use the White Magic Face Mask. It’s also excellent to help treat acne, tighten your skin, and it’s terrific to freshen up your skin and kick some new energy into it after a hard work week, or after a long night on the dance floor.

You’ll find two versions of White Magic recipe under descriptions of the ingredients.

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS

CALENDULA

In some herbalist circles, they call Calendula, “the mother of the skin.” With its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, calendula promotes fast healing and regeneration of the skin. It’s particularly popular among those with eczema, psoriasis and itchy or dry skin because it helps increase blood flow and oxygen to wounds and infected areas, it soothes itchy skin, reduces topical pain and helps reduce scaring from scratching.

Calendula with its therapeutic properties profoundly hydrates the skin, heals damaged skin, and makes it look younger and suppler. (1)

Goldenrod

Goldenrod’s Latin name is Solidago derived meaning ‘to make whole.’ It has antiseptic and astringent properties that clean and tighten your skin and help you look fresher and younger.

Calendula and goldenrod are my top favorite herbs. I use them in teas, in compressions and mixed in face masks and creams. In collaboration, they're very hydrating, soothing and healing. You notice the effect on your skin right away, as they provide moisture and circulation immediately.

Echinacea

Most people know the echinacea as an efficient drug from the health food shop to fight colds and the flu, but Echinacea is one of those rare miracle plants that seems like it can treat anything. It can fight infections, relieve pain, and combat inflammation. It’s very popular with the natural beauty movement too and for a good reason.

When applied to the skin, the compounds found in echinacea can prevent and fight acne, treat inflammation, and diminish wrinkles.

Echinacea extract is capable of phagocytosis, a process of devouring damaged cells, bacteria, and other microorganisms that cause infection. Whether taken internally or applied topically, echinacea can boost the immune system and resist acne-causing bacteria. Since acne is often caused by infection and inflammation, echinacea can stop it before it even begins to show. Echinacea’s anti-inflammatory properties can also reduce the appearance of red and painful acne.

Another one of echinacea’s benefits for your skin is anti-aging. Echinacea is rich in tannins. These astringent (tightening) molecules can shrink pores and lead to firmer, taut-looking skin with diminished wrinkles and fine lines.

Kaolin

Kaolin clay is one of the gentlest clays. This light, white clay cleanses and removes impurities without irritating, it gently exfoliates and stimulates your skin, and help remove the excess sebum that can cause acne.

Shea butter

Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree, and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.

Shea butter has been used in Africa and many other locations for years to improve skin and hair. It also has a long history of medicinal use, such as in wound care and even treating leprosy.

Also, the production and sale of shea butter helps improve African women's finances. (2)

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, known for its antiviral, antibacterial and fungicidal properties. Coconut oil also moisturizes and can, like the other oils I use, penetrate deep into the skin and do its work there.

kukui nut oil

Kukui oil, obtained from the kukui nut, has been used by Hawaiians for years to treat dry skin, sunburn, eczema, and even psoriasis.

It has antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties, and it contains some fantastic omega fatty acids - about 35-40% linoleic acid, 24-40% linolenic acid, 10-35% oleic acid and 5-8% palmitic acid.

Linoleic acid, for example, is an essential building block for ceramides, one of skin's main moisturizing elements. Our bodies can't make this essential fatty acid, so we need to get it from our food or put it on our skin. Linoleic acid helps the skin's barrier stronger so it can effectively keep water in and irritants out. (3)

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is One of the most well-researched and beneficial vitamins you can apply topically. It has been shown to increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant for wrinkle reduction), reduce the appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skins barrier response, enhance skin's repair process, reduce inflammation, and help skin better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not

Vitamin B3

Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is the active component of vitamin B3. When applied topically, niacinamide has been shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in the skin, prevent skin from losing water content and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis. It also has a growing reputation for being able to address skin discolorations (often in tandem with other proven skin-lightening agents such as vitamin C and glucosamine) and to reduce acne. It belongs on the A-list of great skin-care ingredients regardless of your skin-care concern.

Mandarin Oil

Mandarin oil as strengthening and softening properties and helps prevent broken capillaries. Suitable for dry, mature and sensitive skin.

Bergamot oil

Bergamot oil is refreshing, antiseptic and cleansing. Suitable for acne-prone and oily skin.

Lime oil

Lime oil has antiseptic and astringent properties. Suitable for acne-prone and oily skin.

Sweet Orange Oil

Sweet Orange Oil is refreshing, antiseptic and stimulates blood circulation. Suitable for oily and mature skin.

White Magic Face Mask Recipes - The Two Versions

1. The Full Version

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix kaolin with aloe vera and the vitamin powders in a bowl.

  2. Melt shea butter and coconut oil.

  3. Mix all the oils with the herbal teas and pour over the dry ingredients.

  4. Add 20-25 drops of essential oils

  5. Mix to form a smooth, thick paste.

  6. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to one week.

How to use the White Magic Clay Mask

  1. Use 1 big teaspoon of the mask

  2. Apply to face and neck with a brush or use hands.

  3. Leave on 10-25 minutes.

  4. Note that this clay formula is lusciously creamy when applied and then gently dries up without cracking on the skin.

  5. Wash off with a wash cloth soaked in hot water (really hot water helps to steam off the mask without having to rub the skin).

  6. Pat skin dry and enjoy your smooth skin!


2. The lesser, but very good Version

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place Kaolin clay in a small bowl

  2. Melt the oils.

  3. Mix all the oils with the herbal teas and pour over the clay.

  4. Add 20-25 drops of essential oils

  5. Mix to form a smooth, thick paste.

  6. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to one week.


How to make the herbal teas

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Scoop the dried herbs into a teapot or heath prof jug.

  2. Heat water until it just comes to a boil.

  3. Pour hot water over herbs to submerge them and cover to help hold in any volatile oils.

  4. Steep for 5 - 10 minutes and strain.


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