Let’s talk about the face, as we delve into our next benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar!
Because of the properties of Apple cider it can truly be touted as a wonder remedy in my book! It has numerous benefits for internal and external uses and today I will share one of my favorite facial indulgences using it as a mask!
First, let’s talk about the purpose of masks. Before I became a Licensed Esthetician I used to imagine using a mask was just some glorified skin “thingy” people did because it made them feel more “pampered”. I had no idea what the purpose was.
So, just in case you were like me I will clue you in to the purpose of using a mask in your skin routine. The good part is, it is not something you do daily! Using a mask of any kind is good at least once per week or twice per month.
Depending on the type of mask you use it can have varying benefits but the main purpose is to exfoliate and detox the skin. Although, there are masks that are used for the sole purpose of hydrating the skin cells. Overall, after using a mask your skin should be rejuvenated and your skin should be able to regenerate healthier renewed cells.
A mask is normally applied right after cleansing the skin for maximum benefit. It should remain on your skin for about 5 to 20 minutes depending on the type of mask and whether or not you can stand the mask on your skin for a long period of time. For me personally 10 minutes is a push! For some reason I don’t like the feel of something sitting on my face…especially if it’s a mask that hardens once it dries! OMG! That feeling is so annoying to me but for the sake of beauty and health I endure the “torture”. As you can see it’s not that image of indulgence and pampering for me. It’s more of a need and occasionally a must for the health of my skin.
So here is one mask that I like to do using bentonite clay and ACV.
I mix 1 part ACV to 1 part bentonite clay (you can always add extra herbs and spices and oils to the mix but for now let’s keep it simple)
The mixture should be a paste mixture, you can thin it out by adding more ACV or thicken it with more clay. One thing I would recommend for a little added hydration treatment is adding some Greek yogurt to your mix. Also note that when you add the clay and ACV together it will bubble and fizz…which is pretty cool! Its the little things that excite me :-).
Apply this mix to clean skin and let it sit for as long as you can stand it. You may feel a little tingle in the skin and this is a good thing because it’s like a cell stimulation which is what we want to get those skin cells rejuvenated.
After the mask sits on the skin for your desired time rinse it completely away and then tone the skin, which you can even use ACV mixed with water to tone with (bonus: if you are dealing with acne, add a few drops of tea tree oil in the ACV and water mixture). Once your skin is toned, apply your moisturizer (a mix of jojoba and olive oil may be a good option)
Your skin should now feel ALIVE! Oh the wonders of ACV! Gotta love it. That my Skinnies is the skinny on skin!
Have you ever used ACV in a mask? If so leave a comment below! Have a question about any other skin care routines? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you!
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Tassie “NaturalChick” Small
Lic. Holistic Esthetician
Skin and Wellness Coach