The Power of Flowers

April 23rd, 2015 | DIY, Fun, Skin care

Flowers have the ability to add beauty to any room or garden. Translate those positive effects to your skin by making facial masks with flowers and other natural ingredients at home. These recipes combine ingredients that are nourishing, and easy to find at home or at your local grocery store. Mix up these masks at home to have a relaxing spa day right in your living room. What’s more comfortable than that?!

Lavender Mask

Lavender is renowned by many for its soothing and cleansing properties. Oats and flax also help to calm aggravated skin.

1 teaspoon flax seed
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon rolled oats, lightly ground
1 tablespoon almond meal

Pour 1 cup boiling water over the flax seed and lavender flowers. Simmer for one minute, turn off the heat, stir, and cover. Steep for about 15 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid. In a separate bowl, combine the rolled oats and almond meal. Add enough of the reserved water to make a paste.

Rose Petal Mask

For wrinkles and tired skin, try this rose petal mask. The petals of roses are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, and hydrating essential oil.

8 teaspoons fresh rose petals (or 4 tsp dried)
1 quart water
Peel from one orange
1 quart water
6 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons rose water
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons whole wheat flour

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and apply all over your face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse.

Sunflower Oil, Yogurt, and Lemon Mask

Sunflower oil is lightweight and high in vitamin E content, which is beneficial for sun damaged skin. Yogurt provides exfoliation, and lemon brightens the complexion. Use this mask daily or weekly to keep your skin moisturized and fresh.

1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2-3 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix together and apply to face. Let dry for 15-20 minutes then rinse with tepid water. Your skin will feel refreshed, tightened, and soft. Left over mixture can last up to a week if refrigerated. You may want to adjust the amount of oil or lemon juice for your skin type.

These masks are a great new way to take advantage of the benefits offered by using essential oils from flowers. Pair these recipes with a glass of wine or warm cup of tea. Have an in-home spa party with friends and family. Everyone can make the masks together and take turns applying the combinations to each other!

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