My daughter and son in law just went on an amazing trip to Iceland and brought me back a mud mask! This is not any mud mask but one from the famous Blue Lagoon.
Most mud or clay masks work in the same way. They help exfoliate and deep cleanse your complexion. As they dry they also help remove or draw surface impurities and debris from your pores and skin. What makes mud mask different is where they originate. Blue Lagoon Mud is some of the finest in the world. It is made from geothermal silica mud, a unique and natural active ingredient. It can be used on both the face and body.
You don’t have to travel to the blue lagoon to create your own mud mask at home, but I want to now book a trip to Iceland after hearing their stories and seeing photos of this amazing country. Here is an easy recipe for you to create your own at home mask:
Natural Mud Mask
Clay or mud masks are some of the oldest natural beauty treatments still used today. You can find a variety of natural clays at your local natural food store and online. Remember you never want to use the mud from your yard as it can contain bacteria. You want sterilized clay or mud that is safe to use on your skin.
2 tablespoons natural clay
1-2 tablespoons distilled water
Mix the clay mask fresh each time using equal parts clay and water. Stir well until you have a smooth paste. To use: Spread the mixture on clean skin and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, until dry. Rinse well with warm water followed by cool water and pat your skin dry.
Yield: 1 ounce, enough for one facial mask
Note: You can also mix your clay with soy milk, sour cream or aloe vera gel and if you are a fan of using essential oils add a drop or two to your mask for a bit of aromatherapy.
þú ert fallegur!
(You are beautiful!)
We can all use a bit of pampering every now and then but a trip to a high end resort or spa may not be on your calendar or in the budget. Not to worry with just a few simple “At Home” touches you can turn your own bathroom into your own private retreat. Here are some Easy spa touches that anyone can do:
Fresh Cucumber Slices
Immerse fresh cucumber slices in water for half an hour in your refrigerator. Lie down and place them on closed eyes. Water makes cucumbers cool, gelatinous and very soothing. You can also Create a soothing facial mask using fresh sour cream, honey or a bit of cooked oatmeal.
Soak cotton hand towels in warm water with a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, peppermint, sweet orange). Wring out and roll up. Microwave for 20 seconds. Massage a rich lotion or natural oil into your hands and feet and wrap then with these warm spa towels.
LIsten to soft music thats evenly paced with minimal lyrics or use nature sounds to set a soothing mood in your spa room (bathroom).
Make a pot of chamomile or your favorite herbal tea to sip in your bath. Use a favorite cup and really treat yourself.
Mix up these relaxing bath salts and soak for 20 to 40 minutes. Really take the time to relax and unplug . You may also want to light candles or place a bouquet of fresh flowers on the counter to focus on.
2 cups epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
5-6 drops essential oil such as lavender or rosemary (optional)
Mix together all ingredients. Pour into warm bath as your fill tub. Stir until salts are dissolved. Soak for 20 to 40 minutes.
Yield: 20 ounces, enough for one bath
You are beautiful and amazing!