I had heard a lot about using egg whites for burns recently because of the collagen in them. The mention of that word made the vainer parts of me stir and my interest was piqued. Since then, I have commenced my own at home self-care all natural, homemade facial routine and I would like to share it with you here.
Enjoy – you deserve it!
Simply wipe over your face with a cotton pad that has been dampened with a little almond oil. This will remove stubborn make up, mascara and all sorts of grimey-grime from your pores. Repeat with a new pad (reusable pads are best here) until they come clean after wiping over your face.
Step 2 – Cleanse
I don’t like to use soaps on my face because it dries and tightens too much, upsetting the natural and delicate sebum (oil) balance. This leads my skin to be open to infections and I tend to get more blemishes as a result of soap based cleansers.
My homemade cleanser is a mix of equal parts pure, organic castile liquid soap (also known as saponated olive oil) and witchazel. I fill a dark glass jar with this mix and shake up before use.
Pour a little onto a cotton pad and wipe over your face. This will cleanse and tighten pores ready for the next step.
I have two recipes I love most for facial masks for Mums; a Vitamin C serum mask and a Collagen Rich Skin Firming mask.
For the Vitamin C Serum Mask simply mix 2 – 3 tbsps of pure vegetable glycerine with a pinch (or 1/8 tsp ONLY) of Vitamin C powder. I prefer ascorbic acid but you can use any Vitamin C powder you have on hand (or crushed tablets that are finely ground). Apply to your face with a pastry brush and leave on for 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water.
For the Collagen Rich Skin Firming Mask simply whisk an egg white until frothy and paint onto your face. Make sure you give a good coating over smile and frown lines, crows feet and up and lower eye-lids. Its very gentle and won’t harm your eyes at all so you can close up to the lashes if you like. You will AMAZED how much this mask will firm up your skin and reduce your wrinkles. I now like to use it once every week to keep my skin looking youthful and fresh (instead of tired and sallow).
Apply with a pastry brush and wait until dry and cracking. Rinse off with tepid water.
Before I start my facial routine, I make a cup of soothing tea - usually chamomile, lavender or mint (or a blend). I then take the leaves and apply them over my eyes whilst waiting for the masks to dry. Lovely and revitalising for tired Mumma's eyes.
Step 4 – Cleanse and Tone
At this point, I like to cleanse and tone again with my castile / witchazel cleansing milk to remove any traces of the masks and give my skin a final cleaning before moisturising.
Step 5 – Restore Moisture
As we have not used soapy cleansers, your skin will not have been stripped of its natural oils so should not feel too tight.
I like to mix up my own facial oils based on what I feel I need at the time. Right now it’s a mix of 100mls of blended almond and avocado oils, with a dash of coconut and 5 drops of Rose Geranium (tightening) and 5 drops of Lavandula officinalis oil (soothing, healing, balancing).
I apply this to my skin lightly then work in using circular, upward strokes. It takes about 10 minutes to work through into the skin and be fully absorbed so often I will work it in for a little while then just wait for the oils to do their job.
Try it at home – it’s super easy, uses everyday ingredients and is a wonderful treatment for tired Mumma skin that could use a lift.
The Eco Mum xo