Self care is something I tell my friends and loved ones to do all the time, without often indulging in myself. Yesterday my doctor told me to take better care of myself: to relax, don't work so hard. Usually I disobey authority and do what I want, but it's raining here in Maine today and I can't do any seaweed harvesting + drying. So I guess I'll pamper myself a little.
My skin is ruddy, sensitive and oily. Since I spend all my time outdoors, I get a lot of sun. I'm constantly reapplying sunscreen, which leaves my pores clogged with goo + breaking out.
I've been using this recipe for years to hydrate + exfoliate my face without using oils or harsh chemicals. I like it really chunky, afterwards my skin feels gently scrubbed + completely refreshed.
Clay draws dirt + bacteria from your pores.
Oats balance + soothe your tissues.
Kelp moisturizes your skin, nourishing it with minerals + vitamins. It's both cooling + soothing.
Aloe is moisturizing + soothing.
So since I'm stuck on shore... heres the recipe:
.5 part clay of choice (european green or morroccan red, or both)
1 part sugar kelp
1 part oats (I used instant steel-cut oats because thats what I had, but you could use any type)
COMBINE dry ingredients in a food processor until kelp is in small flakes.
Put in an air-tight container. Will keep for over a year.
1/2 TBSP of dry mix
1 TBSP of aloe (or water if you don't have any)
Using your fingertips, gently massage this nice mud into your face. I recommend doing this over a sink with a strainer, or outside. Chunks will fall off your face but don't worry about. Take deep breaths and take longer than you need to rub it all in. Leave on as long as you want. Wash off with warm water. I follow this with a tulsi hydrosol.