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Before kids, I was the perfect parent! My list of perfection parenting (remember, I’m a list kind of gal), included everything my children and I would never do. I don’t know why I thought parenting was all about the “will nots” in life.
On my list, under “I will never share my bed” (yep, we broke that rule on day one of the job), I wrote, “My children will never play with food”.
Slowly, after Piper’s birth, my perfect list started looking more like the list of a highly confused mom. Scribbles here and there, black lines through sentences. Finally, at six months of age, “my children will never play with food” received the black scribble of death. Feeding a six month-old baby is all about hands, messes, and food! What was I thinking?
I’m far from that “perfect” parent I once envisioned. Was the parent on my list really “perfect”? (Answer: No) My kids often run around in nothing more than undies until noon, we are past the baby phase yet they still “play” with food (have you ever baked with a two and four year-old?), and they even watch movies from Disney (gasp!).
In this guide, you’ll learn how to…
- be an informed consumer and read ingredient lists
- make your own body products using simple ingredients (i.e.cocoa powder, baking soda, oats, yogurt, honey)
- determine what to buy versus make
So, today, in celebration of my once “perfect” list and the new life and freedom found in the black scribbles, we’re going to play with food, again.
Last time we hung out we played with lemons, oats, and honey. Not only did we play with our food, we also smothered the ingredients all over our faces. List-breaking to the max. Today, we’re going a step further with three mud-slinging, food-playing masks that deep-clean, moisturize, and stop those blemishes from ever coming back.
Each mask uses bentonite clay as the main ingredient. You may remember this clay from my favorite make-up bag essential, homemade foundation powder. I also use this clay to make my family’s homemade toothpaste. That’s some versatile clay!
Bentonite clay pulls toxins, chemicals, and even heavy metals. The clay also helps provide oxygen to cells and has an alkalizing effect. Bentonite clay is rich in beneficial minerals such as: magnesium, silica, and calcium. When mixed together with healing and antibacterial ingredients, the clay creates a mask that can safely and effectively be used for maintaining healthy skin.
Before we play, let’s take a look at a few other ingredients:
Yogurt: helps exfoliate skin and tighten pores with naturally-occurring lactic acid. Yogurt also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help keep blemishes far away.
Honey: with antibacterial and antioxidant properties, honey is perfect for achieving that “glow” while fighting acne and nourishing aging skin. Honey also naturally opens pores.
Oats: contains anti-inflammatory properties and saponins, a cleansing agent, making oats perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Tea Tree Essential Oil: Known for its antiseptic properties, tea tree essential oil has been used for everything from treating acne to dandruff.
Ready to play? Me too!
Acne-Fighting Tea Tree Mask
- 1 TB bentonite clay (where to buy)
- 1-2 TB water (Clean tap water is fine for short-term use. Use distilled or boiled and cooled water for long-term use.)
- 1 TB ground oats (where to buy)*
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil (where to buy)
Combine the bentonite clay and oats in a small bowl. (Please do not use a metal utensil or bowl when working with bentonite clay.) Add in enough water to make a spreadable paste. Add 4 drops of tea tree oil and stir. Apply to the face for 10-15 minutes. To remove the mask, wash your face with warm water and a washcloth.
*Note: To grind oats, place desired amount of oats in a spice grinder, blender, or food processor. Pulse oats until coarse and flour-like.
Soothing Yogurt Mask
Combine the bentonite clay and yogurt. (Please do not use a metal utensil or bowl when working with bentonite clay.) Apply to the face for 10-15 minutes. To remove the mask, wash your face with warm water and a washcloth.
Acne-Fighting Honey Mask
- 1 TB bentonite clay (where to buy)
- 1 TB water
- 1 TB raw honey
Combine the bentonite clay, honey, and water. (Please do not use a metal utensil or bowl when working with bentonite clay.) Apply to the face for 10-15 minutes. To remove the mask, wash your face with warm water and a washcloth.
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