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Morning Mask

Okay, so I’m not sure if it’s the gray skies, or the super annoying construction going on in my street but I woke up grumpy and my skin just felt dull…so I got cookin’. I mixed up this yummy mask and I’m sitting here feeling my face get tighter by the second. It feels so good. Smells lovely too…had to share.

1 tsp. green tea infusion (make a strong cup of organic green tea)

2 tsp aloe vera gel

1 tsp organic honey

1 1/2 T white clay

2 T ground oatmeal

2 drops rosemary e.o

2 drops lavender e.o

Mix, give it a minute to thicken. Apply to clean skin. Wait 20 mins, rinse. Follow with toner and moisturizer.

The green tea is a powerful antioxidant, the honey and aloe are soothing, the white clay tightens and purifies and the oatmeal nourishes the skin. It’s a pretty nice little combo, if I do say so myself.

Oh and I just rinsed…my skin looks brighter, more even and feels really soft!

Enjoy.

xo,

Ivy

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A is for Aloe

Today’s herb of the day is the African healing succulent, Aloe.

Aloe has been used for thousands of years. In fact, the great Greek historian, Dioscorides has noted its use on wounds, burns, blemishes and even as an treatment for hair loss. Apothecaries often prescribed it to be taken internally for stomach disorders, constipation, insomnia, hemorrhoids, headaches, mouth diseases and to aid kidney function.

Today, we know that Aloe is still used for some of these ailments. It’s an especially powerful ingredient to add to creams and lotions, for it’s healing properties on the skin are unrivaled. You will find it a key component to many of our products.

However, the most effective way to use aloe gel is to get it directly from the plant. Break off a leaf, slice it down the middle and apply the gel to the skin. It can do wonders for a burn or an unfortunate case of poison ivy.  So do yourself a favor and put a potted aloe in your windowsill.

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