I must say, the only downside to being a product formulator is that many times I have to stop pampering myself with my products in order to relive what it's like to have dry skin. It's in this experience of discomfort that I feel inspired to find a solution and solve a problem. This time the situation wasn't completely self-inflicted. By fault of who knows what, my apartment was freezing and dry this morning. My face was cold and taut with pain; I didn't even dare wash my face with water (which is very drying and throws off your p) yet I obviously had to, and besides, I was dying to treat my face to a nourishing mask. Oh but the thought of applying something cold on my skin made me shiver. I looked dead and needed life restored urgently.
I thus turned to my very favorite mask base for dry skin, ground organic oats. But I needed something even more comforting, something that was going to keep my skin warm, soothe away the pain, replenish it with nutrients and rehydrate my skin--yes, oats do the same thing, but again, I wanted something to compliment oats. Can you guess what I used?
Here is another hint. It's something that helps rebuild skin cells.
I used ground organic flaxseed because it is an excellent source of Omega-3 (57%), the essential fatty acid that we are easily deficient it. In addition it's high omega content, it is a mucilage, a thick viscous secretion from leaves, and in this case, seeds, which very soothing and contains medicinal properties.
Warm Flaxseed Mask Recipe:
1 tbsp organic rolled oats
1 tbsp organic flaxseed
1 cup of chamomile tea or hibiscus tea
pinch of cinnamon or
1 drop of rose geranium essential oil
soft face cloth
Directions: Prepare a cup of chamomile or hibiscus tea as you usually would. Let sit just enough that you can put your finger in it without too much discomfort. Pulverize the oats and the flaxseed until very very fine. Take 1tbsp + 1tsp of the dry mixture and put it in glass cup. Add 2 tbs of hot tea. The hot tea will help the mucilage release so allow it set a few minutes until nice and thick yet pourable. Add either a pinch of cinnamon for more warmth and to activate your circulation. Or add a drop of rose geranium essential oil which is excellent for dry skin as it also improved circulation.
While the mixture is still nicely warm, apply on your face and neck. Enjoy the wonderful feeling. Relax. When ready to remove after 10-15 min. wet a face cloth with warm water. Ring out the excess and in an upward-out motion, remove the mask, patting gently every now and then.
You will see immediate results: plump, refreshed, enlivened and nourished skin. ANd....if your face is irritated or sore, its a great anti-inflammatory as well!
Remember: The great thing about this mask is that it's a good way of obtaining your Omega-3. Remember that in order to benefit from the important role essential fatty acids play in
we must consume a 2:1 ratio of Omega 6 and 3. This means that we need to eat twice as much Omega 6 than Omega 3. However,due to the industrialization of our food system today, we tend to consume up to a 25:1 ratio! This is because Omega 6 is more readily available in the form of cooking oil, butter, grain-fed meat, etc. This imbalance is said, by Washington DC's Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, to counter the positive benefits of these fatty acids (this is yet another reason to eat grass-fed beef if you consume meat--did you know that that grain-fed beef has both omega 6 and 3 at a 20:1 ratio whereas grass-fed beef has the perfect 2:1 ratio).
Enjoy your Omegas and your warm flaxseed mask! Let me know what you think!
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