Monday, April 28, 2014

Cinnamon Latte Mask



Woo wee! It's been a while...I really have no valid excuse for being gone so long. Nothing crazy was going on. I was seriously home most of the time. I'm baffled.

Anyways...

If you've been following my blog for a while you may have noticed a shift towards healthier recipes and that looks like it's here to stay.

In the past, I've made delicious chocolate cakes that were fun to make and to eat, but sustaining that level of indulgence for me on a regular-enough basis for this blog isn't healthy for me. I feel my best when avoiding grains and sugar and loading up on healthy fats, vegetables, and proteins.

Along with the food I put in my body, I think about the quality of the products on my body. I can count the number of store bought products I have on one hand. That means there's a big hole to fill with homemade things.

As a mom, the ultimate in luxury, without leaving home, is relaxing in the evening with some kind of facial mask. And chocolate!




Cinnamon Latte Mask
Yield: 1 mask

1 1/2 teaspoons finely ground coffee
1/2 teaspoon bentonite clay 
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Filtered water

In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients and enough water to form a thin paste. You may want to start with 1 teaspoon and add additional 1/2 teaspoons until it reaches the correct consistency.

Allow the dry ingredients to absorb some of the liquid for 5 minutes before applying.

Apply to a clean dry face in very gentle circular motions and leave on for 30 minutes max. Rinse off with splashes of warm water. If you have very sensitive skin, you may need to wash it off earlier. This mask tends to tingle!

Your face will be quite red from increased circulation, but that will fade gradually within the next hour or so.

Follow with a moisturizer if your skin feels dry.




6 comments :

  1. Yes, I was wondering what was happening at your end! Good to know you are back with a glow! Masks are my pacifiers when I realize I have neglected my skin for a long time. The compulsory idle time it gives when drying lets me wander in thoughts and I enjoy it. As i cannot find the clay you mentioned...I would try it with something I have.

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    1. It's easy to find online and in health food stores, but if you don't have bentonite clay, you could substitute any other dry ingredient you happen to have on hand. Let me know if you try it and how it works out!

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  2. I too was wondering where one finds the clay you mentioned or if there is a substitute for it. I agree with you on less grain and sugar. It sounds refreshing. Thanks!

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    1. I usually buy mine online from Mountain Rose Herbs, but I've also seen it in Whole Foods and other health food stores. You could substitute another powdery ingredient like arrowroot powder or rice flour to get the same consistency, but those won't have the same effects (skin tightening, circulation boosting, etc. as the bentonite clay). Hope that helps!

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    1. Thanks Kelley! I just did it again yesterday morning for 10 minutes for a little "retreat" and it was so fun :)

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