It’s the time of year when all types of masks abound! Scary and spooky is definitely in the air. But when the festive mask and makeup comes off, so should the looks of fright. That means it’s also the perfect time of year to start incorporating a different kind of mask into your beauty routine. Taking a few minutes a week to give your face some special attention will be a treat for you and help keep your skin refreshed, rejuvenated, and in its best condition in any season!
There are several recipes for facial masks you can make at home utilizing the benefits of essential oils and green clay. Each mask listed below is designed for a specific skin type. Find the one that works best with your skin type and do a little pampering! A good mask usually isn’t needed more than once a week, but you can utilize certain formulations more as needed.
Green Clay Mask Base
Although clay masks are thought to be drying, they contain great benefits for the skin and can be used very successfully in your beauty regimen.
Green clay has become the talk of the beauty world. The absorbent properties of green clay work in beauty treatments by drawing out impurities and toxins from the skin, toning and firming while stimulating circulation. Estheticians use it to tighten pores, exfoliate dead skin, and reveal a smoother, fresher complexion. Green clay is readily available online and at natural beauty retailers. It makes an ideal base for any of the masks below.
Create your mask base by mixing green clay together with a little cornflower and a quarter teaspoon of powdered raw oats.
Mask for Normal Skin
For a normal skin, mix the clay, cornflower, and oats together with one beaten egg white and floral water. Add one drop geranium oil and one drop neroli oil. Mix well to form a paste and apply.
Mask for Dry Skin
For a dry skin, mix the clay, cornflower, and oats together with one beaten egg white and floral water. Add one teaspoon wheat germ oil or evening primrose oil, plus one drop chamomile (Roman or German) oil and two drops carrot seed oil. Mix well to form a paste and apply.
Mask for Oily Skin
For an oily skin, mix the clay, cornflower, and oats together with one beaten egg white and floral water. Add one drop lavender oil and one drop frankincense oil or juniper berry oil. Mix well to form a paste and apply.
Mask for Problem Skin
For a problem skin, mix the clay, cornflower, and oats together with one beaten egg white and floral water. Add one drop lavender oil, one drop tea tree oil, and one drop neroli oil. Mix well to form a paste and apply.
Rejuvenating Skin Mask
For a general skin boost, mix the clay, cornflower, and oats together with one beaten egg white and floral water. Add one teaspoon jojoba oil, one drop chamomile oil, one drop frankincense oil, and one drop myrrh oil. Mix well to form a paste and apply.
Before applying the mask, make sure that the skin is cleansed properly and dried by patting it with a towel. A light exfoliating cleanser such as Satin Facial Scrub Mint will work well in prepping the skin for the best mask application.
After applying any of the masks, leave on for at least fifteen minutes and wash off with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry. Apply moisturizer. ART® Day or Night Activator is a good recommendation for effective and refining moisture with the benefits of frankincense.
Note: If you have never used essential oils or green clay and are prone to allergies, do a patch test on a small area to gage sensitivity before applying any of these masks.
Take a few minutes to work a mask in your beauty regimen this Halloween season and beyond. Your skin is sure to benefit and you will never be confused for a ghoul or goblin—unless of course you choose to wear it when opening the door for trick-or-treaters!
Product Manager, Essential Living
From Gary Young personally mixing shots to the NXR dancers, the NingXia Red® bar was one of the many exciting highlights from convention in Minneapolis. Check out this short video and enjoy a few of our favorite NingXia Red shot recipes!
“Who Let the Dogs Out?”
2 oz. chilled NingXia Red
1 drop lemon or orange essential oil
2 drops tangerine essential oil
1 drop frankincense essential oil
1 drop cinnamon bark essential oil (That is where the barking came from!)
2 oz. chilled NingXia Red
2 drops of each:
“The Nuclear Explosion”
2 oz. chilled NingXia Red
1 drop of each:
If you didn’t get a chance to visit the bar this year, you’ll have to make your way to convention 2010 in Salt Lake: We are already planning some amazing surprises!
Have you been waiting for Brain Power™ and Highest Potential™? The wait is now over! Young Living has again made these products available, along with Australian Blue™ and Essential Beauty Serum (Dry).
These Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil blends were temporarily unavailable while we worked with our Australian partner to build up a supply of blue cypress—one of the key ingredients in each of these blends. Blue cypress has a smoky, woodsy aroma and is similar to sandalwood, vetiver, and some cedarwood oils like Juniperus virginiana.
Did you know that blue cypress has been used by native Australian Aborigines for hundreds of years? Stories passed down through the generations tell about the natives’ belief that the bark and resins from Callitris intratropica could be used as a skin wash for sores and cuts, to help soothe stomach ailments and other body aches, and for repelling insects. From this tree is distilled the azure-hued essential oil blue cypress.
Blue cypress oil is gentle and has no indications of skin irritation. In fact, the constituent guaiol, found in blue cypress oil, has been registered with the FDA’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetics branch as a safe, natural color for two decades.
Blue cypress is very exclusive, and you are going to love what this essential oil adds to these four products. Gary Young harnessed the power of this Australian secret and created four incredible blends:
- Australian Blue
Australian Blue is a powerful, aromatic essence that unites ancient aboriginal wisdom with today’s scientific knowledge about essential oils to uplift and inspire the mind and heart. This exotic essential oil blend has sweet, earthy undertones responsible for its calming and stabilizing effects.
- Brain Power
Brain Power gives your brain a boost with essential oils that are high in sesquiterpenes. Use it to clarify thought and develop greater focus.
- Highest Potential
Highest Potential is an exotic blend designed to increase your capacity to achieve your highest potential. It combines the uplifting and inspirational qualities of Australian Blue with the power of Gathering™ to help bring greater unity of purpose. Jasmine is added to enhance self-confidence, while ylang ylang calms, soothes, and harmonizes.
- Essential Beauty Serum (Dry)
Essential Beauty Serums are specially formulated for dry, oily, or acne-prone skin. Young Living’s serums offer the skincare benefits of pure essential oils to protect, strengthen, and improve the appearance of the skin. The dry skin formula moisturizes and nourishes dehydrated skin.
Buy yours today and share with us how you use these amazing products!
Fresh from their debut at 2009 Grand Convention, the Thieves® Household Cleaner and SleepEssence™ commercials are now available to view any time and share with others!
The improved Thieves Household Cleaner has increased cleansing power and an even safer, more sustainable formulation; and new SleepEssence is a natural way to get a full night’s rest. Now’s the time to catch the excitement of these new and improved Young Living products!
I recently read some interesting research done on a variety of essential oils. The Journal of Food Safety reported that oregano and cinnamon have the best resistance to certain kinds of pathogens.
Researchers tested an experimental tomato-based film infused with essential oils to be used in various food packaging to ward against bacteria like e-coli, salmonella, and listeria. The study showed out of all the oils tested oregano and cinnamon had the best results in eliminating these dangerous bacteria on contact in vapor form. Researchers also tested clove and garlic essential oils with good results. Clove, as you know, is a key ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves® products.
Below are PDF links to the essential oil research:
Another recent study cited in the New York Times showed that cinnamon oil has antiseptic properties. View the entire article here.
If you haven’t tried Young Living Therapeutic Grade oregano, cinnamon, and clove essential oil, now is the time to discover their amazing benefits!
Launched at this year’s Grand Convention, Young Living’s new Home Diffuser combines the latest in diffuser technology with ultrasonic innovations to quietly diffuse any essential oil into the air.
Take a moment to watch as Young Living Product Manager Toby Palmer shows how easy it is to operate the Home Diffuser and discover this amazing natural alternative to synthetic air fresheners!