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Masque of the Month: Honey & Oat Soothing Masque

NOW BACK as a regular feature to

the Plant Glamour blog -

MASQUE OF THE MONTH!

MASQUE OF THE MONTH features, well, a masque - each month - that you can make yourself at home using natural, botanical and locally wildcrafted ingredients. These masques will also often be featured in seasonal facial offerings in the

Autumn Moon Skin Care Studio.

THIS MONTH'S MASQUE -

::HONEY & OAT SOOTHING MASQUE::

Soothing Colloidal Oats fuse with nourishing Raw Honey and Oils of Avocado & Rosehip Seed, all delicately scented with Essential Oils of calming Chamomile & Lavender. This mask is wonderful for dry and sensitive skin needing moisture and nourishment.

::HONEY & OAT SOOTHING MASQUE:

1T RAW HONEY

1T SHEA OR MANGO BUTTER

1 TO 2t COLLOIDAL OATS (you can also substitute with ground oats)

1T AVOCADO OIL

1t ROSEHIP SEED OIL

1 DROP CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL

4 DROPS LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

Blend all ingredients with a whisk by hand. Depending on the texture of your shea/mango butter, you may need to slightly warm the ingredients to allow them to blend together properly. For a thinner masque, add more avocado oil. 

Apply masque to freshly cleansed skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Gently remove with a warm, damp cloth and rinse with warm water. Follow with your favorite toner, serum and moisturizer. Use masque within one week.

5 Luxurious Aromatic Oils for Skin

Aromatic plant oils are very effective additions to your skin care routine. They can assist with a myriad of skin care concerns, offering healing, regenerating and rejuvenating properties. These are 5 of the most precious and luxurious.

Rose

Rose is not only beautifully fragrant and relaxing, but it is also a wonderfully toning and firming oil for all skin types. It helps to improve skin tone and texture, while also offering anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial compounds that promote healing of skin.

Jasmine

Jasmine is a stunningly intoxicating oil with several skin supporting benefits. It is very good at restoring skin and improving elasticity. It is also a potent antiseptic and antibacterial, which makes it great for acne prone skins, as well as protecting skin's immunity. It is also very healing and regenerating, assisting in wound healing and treatment of scars. 

Chamomile

Chamomile has incredible anti-inflammatory abilities and is perfect for those with sensitive skin or rosacea. It can minimize redness and calm itchy, angry skin. It is also a great oil for baby skin. Chamomile is in the aster family, so those with allergies to that family of plants should avoid it.

Neroli

Neroli helps to smooth fine lines and lift sagging skin. It is also excellent for controlling oily skin, while not drying it out. Neroli can assist in toning and minimizing pores, while supporting regeneration of skin cells. The aroma of neroli is also a very uplifting and anti-depressant.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood has a deep, sensual balsamic aroma, which is widely used as a grounding meditative oil. It is very effective for dry, itchy and  inflamed skins. Sandalwood is also very effective at minimizing breakouts. Please use sandalwood sparingly to support the sustainability and longevity of this precious oil.

Although these luxurious oils are expensive, a small amount goes a very long way. Incorporate just a few drops into a small amount of base oil and enjoy their botanical beauty benefits.