Take a dip in some dirt and get beautiful — today we’re sharing our latest beauty must-have: the mud mask.
Putting on a mud mask before bed was routine for me in high school. I used one that smelled like mint julep, and I kind of thought it was the best thing in the world. Between then and now, I lost touch with the beauty trend. I keep it simple when it comes to skin care, I’ll find one product I really like and stick to it for a while. I wash my face (morning and night) with a gentle cleanser and that’s pretty much the extent of it. A recent post on the blog though encouraged me to start masking again. When I read through and got to the part where it explained how everyone who visits Cartagena, Colombia needs to stop by the Totumo mud volcano for a spa day, I couldn’t stop looking at the photos that accompanied it. Something about the color and texture of the mud seemed so inviting. Taking a dip in dirt might just be the beauty secret we’ve all been looking for. But if you’re like me and don’t have the luxury of a personal volcano spa close by to dive into, here’s a homemade mud mask recipe that will leave your skin glowing and soft to the touch.
What you need:
Dead Sea Minerals: The Dead Sea is known to have some of the most powerful natural resources in the world that are widely beneficial and therapeutic when it comes to treating skin. The unique minerals produced in the Dead sea are highly concentrated, and some of which can only be found here, making the Dead Sea a destination for many healers. Their special qualities nourish the skin and are essential for proper functioning. I found some at my local health food store here in Philly, but dead sea minerals can also be purchased online if you are having trouble sourcing locally.
Fuller’s Earth: Fuller’s earth is a natural clay that contains various minerals and is widely used in herbal/natural beauty products. This is what makes most mud masks have that dark green earthy color. It’s properties are also oil absorbing and cleansing when used on the skin.
Dead Sea Mud Mask:
2 tsp Fuller’s earth
1 tsp dead sea minerals
1 tsp zeolite powder*
1 tsp manuka honey
1/2 tsp rose water
2-3 drops tea tree oil
1 tsp warm water
*Zeolite powder is a combination of sea water and hot magma. Zeolite powder cleanses the skin and removes impurities. The powder’s natural detoxifying properties can calm redness, making it a great remedy for rosacea.
Add all ingredients to a small dish and mix thoroughly until a thick paste forms. (add more water if mixture seems too dry)
On a clean face, spread a thin layer of the paste over skin. Allow to sit and set for 20 minutes before washing off with warm water.
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