This week, I was inspired by our Detox theme on the blog and addressing how we can help our body's natural detoxification systems eliminate waste more efficiently.
Alrighty, where are my ladies with acne-prone skin or with hyperpigmentation/ melasma at? We may be the ones who benefit most from this week's ingredient.
Rich in AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) that work to gently exfoliate the skin by dissolving dead skin cells. Topically applying it to the skin delivers beneficial enzymes proteins and good bacteria. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better we find out it’s antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic, and helps balance our skin’s Ph, and that’s a big win in skincare because a balanced Ph keeps moisture in and irritants out. Yayy!
You can find this weekend's superstar companion ingredient in your kitchen. Apple cider vinegar's antimicrobial properties may help reduce acne breakouts when used to hydrate your clay masks or even as a daily toner.
Watch this video to learn more about how apple cider vinegar can be part of your regular beauty practice.
What do you need this week? A non-metal bowl and spoon, your Skin Detox Clay Mask Powder 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted in 1 Tablespoon of water.
*Feel free to use this not only on your face but also on areas like the neck, shoulders, and chest that may be prone to breakouts too.
Using a non-metal bowl and spoon, blend:
>> Begin by mixing one tablespoon apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon water. I always recommend this dilution rate when applying ACV to the skin. You may dilute even more for sensitive skin. Use one tablespoon ACV + 2 tablespoons of water.
>> 1/2 tsp (1 rounded wood skincare spoon) Skin Detox Clay Mask Powder
>> Add to that 1/2 tsp+ of your diluted apple cider vinegar mixture
>> Blend to make a paste, add more clay or ACV until you get a rich, thick consistency.
>> Apply your fresh mask to clean, dry skin, then sit back and relax for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how sensitive your skin is
>> When you're ready, rinse well with warm water, making sure you've removed all your clay mask and follow up with the rest of your skincare practice, toner, serum, and a gentle facial massage with your favorite moisturizing face oil
Important to note!!
Be sure to discard any leftover clay mask, blending a new, fresh mask each week.
Just like always, I invite you to exfoliate after sunset, giving your skin several hours before being exposed to sunlight the next day, and on these sweltering, sunny, active days, do not forget your sunscreen!