New York Spa: Moisturize Your Skin With A Homemade Almond Mask
May 28th, 2012
Almond trees have origins in the Mediterranean where they grow wild. It was first domesticated in that region between 3000-2000 BC. And to give you a highlight of how valuable this precious fruit has been, it was found scattered in King (Tut) Tutankhamen’s tomb dated 1325 BC. More recently the tree is cultivated in California and can be found as far away as the Levant, the Eastern Mediterranean.
Almond is a highly beneficial food for the health of body and skin. When used topically as part of a daily skincare regimen, almonds reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes due to sleep deprivation and stress. As a cleanser and moisturizer the fruit helps to diminish fine lines as it reveals smoothness and firms the skin for maximum even tone. And as a result many spa products have been developed using almond as an active ingredient.
Almond Flour for Cleansing and Exfoliating
You can use almonds for skin care from cleanser to moisturizer with admirable results. Organic almond flour can be found in bulk at your local whole foods market, for the least processed product with no preservatives that adversely affect skin. Blending almond flour with honey and a bit of castile soap will help to shed dead skin cells to bring forth glowing skin beneath. The flour is a gentle exfoliant that also moisturizes skin while promoting the healthy growth of new skin cells, making it an anti-aging treatment as well. For an intensive hydrating mask you can try applying this Mediterranean mask:
Organic Almond, Honey and Olive Oil Mask
½ Cup organic Almond Flour
3 Tsp. organic Olive Oil
1 Tsp. raw organic Honey
Mix for an even paste and apply to freshly cleaned skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your pores will breathe easier, with noticeably restored elasticity to your flawless skin. With honey in the mix you have the added benefit of erasing blemishes when used regularly over time in your skincare rituals.
Almond Oil for Nourishing Your Skin
After it’s been processed, this ancient nut deeply penetrates the epidermal layer and hair follicles for potent moisturizing that has longevity—this means your body retains the hydration almonds provide for longer periods of time than your average moisturizer. Sweet almond oil is a staple in my home for both hair and skin because it is very light weight and does not clog pores or leave a heavy greasy residue. Whether it’s deep summer or mid-winter, this oil will effectively relieve extremely dry hair and skin giving it restored vitality of youthful glow of good health.
Almond Milk for Relaxing Bath
There is a new fascination out there among alternative-lifestyle folks for making almond milk to avoid a lot of he chemical additives in store bought varieties. You are sure of the purity of final milk in this way. That organic milk can be poured into the tub for a luxurious (vegan) milk bath for ultimate lipid relaxation. Choose your favorite aromatherapy, essential oil and add it to a bath of almond and coconut milk that will leave your skin unrecognizably soft and supple.
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