Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Organic Herbal Facials

By Jessica Wegrzyn, Pathways to Health

Organic Herbal Facials are a healing and nurturing treat for the skin and soul! The Facial begins with cleansing, using a blend of coconut oil and raw honey. Coconut oil is a gentle yet thorough cleanser that seeps into follicles and dissolves hardened sebum, bringing it up to the skin’s surface. The enzymes in raw honey clarify skin and help unclog pores. Both have antibacterial properties that thwart bacteria which can lead to breakouts.
Next is a relaxing and therapeutic facial massage, using jojoba oil scented with essential oil of geranium. Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax that closely resembles our skin’s sebum. Its non-greasy texture, light weight and anti-inflammatory properties make it the ideal ingredient for a range of skin problems. Jojoba oil is very beneficial as a gentle, skin-softening moisturizer for all skin types. Geranium oil is astringent, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and speeds up skin healing, including healing acne and reducing scars.
What follows is a purifying bentonite clay mask. Bentonite clay absorbs and removes toxins and impurities in the skin. The minerals in the clay, including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium provide skin healing, while the drying of the clay pulls out excess hydrogen in the skin, replacing it with beneficial oxygen. While the mask is working its magic, you will receive a calming hand and foot massage.
Finally, the facial skin is toned with a special homemade blend of herbs and extracts known as Queen of Hungary’s water. A blend of lemon balm, rose petals, chamomile, calendula, comfrey, lemon peel, rosemary and sage are steeped in apple cider vinegar and then blended with rosewater and witch hazel. This is an ancient recipe and wonderful astringent for all skin types. It gently tones, tightens pores, soothes irritations of the skin, and normalizes the skin’s pH.
Be sure to ask your favorite facial spa or massage therapist about organic herbal facials!

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