|An Ayurveda Facial Mask at Home|
|Written by Andrea Manitsas|
What the ancient science of life - Ayurveda - teaches us is that we can heal ourselves by first understanding ourselves. Seems simple enough, yet it can remain foreign to our western minds. In a culture addicted to the quick fix, we rarely take the time to understand our bodies and the root of what ails us. We want to look younger and feel better, and sell me the pill or cream that will do it.
Ayurveda instead asks for us to dig deeper and work with nature, not against it. This recipe for an Ayurvedic face mask is designed to heal your skin, bring it into balance and draw your inner glow to the surface.
Ayurveda Facial Mask
What You"ll Need
2 tablespoons oatmeal (superfine or regular oatmeal ground in a blender)
2 teaspoons goat milk powder
½ teaspoon clay—multani mitti clay (yellow clay from India) or plain white kaolin clay
1 teaspoon rose petal powder
1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
2 drops rose attar (essential rose oil from India infused in a sandalwood base)
What To Do
Mix all dry ingredients in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Take half of the dry powder and mix in 1 ounce of warm water; to this, add one drop of rose attar. Apply with a brush or the fingers. Allow the application to remain on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.