Doesn't it feel great when you wake up and the only word you can use to describe the way that you are feeling is 'fresh'? Its like coming right out of a cool shower, crunching down on some crisp veggies, or laying down on some cold bed sheets. Fresh is a great feeling.
I never considered 'fresh' as a way to describe a feeling until I traveled around Italy with a friend who was from a beach city near Rome. The whole time we traveled together, I noticed that she continued to use the word 'fresh' quite often to describe things. And just like everyone does when they are around people a lot for an extended period of time, I adopted the word and started hearing myself describe things as 'fresh' as well. I don't use the word as often now, but whenever it slips out of my mouth randomly, I dig it. Because now, for me, 'fresh' is a reminder of good times and cool things.
radical, original, gleaming, natural, newborn, state-of-the-art, glistening, raw
Feeling clean and 'fresh' is something that I have began to cherish the older I have gotten. Its a good feeling. And whenever I am not taking care of myself properly, such as not eating right or not sleeping much, my skin is one of the fist things that I notice take a hit. Let's be honest, a face with dark circles, puffy eyes, blotchy skin and some zits doesn't make you feel very fresh; that's not a good feeling.
Just recently, I have been getting more interested into holistic skincare. The more that I am learning about skincare, the more I am seeing that extra time and work invested now, the greater the reward will be later with in terms of how our skin feels and looks, just as with most things in life. What we put into our body reflects on the outside, yet how we take care of the outside o our body also shows our health, and is even more noticeable as time goes on.
So lately have added two to three face masks per week into my skincare habits with the goal of enhancing my health from the outside and not just the inside. Coming from the generation that likes things now, (I hate to admit it but) I like to see and/or feel the results from doing something as soon as possible, which is why the three face masks listed below have recently become some of my favorite go-to's. Their wholesome ingredients make my face feel fresh right after washing the mask off, yet also leave a lasting impression on the health of my skin.
Lemons and cucumbers contain high amounts of vitamins, including vitamin C. Vitamin C is best known for increasing collagen and decreasing inflammation within the skin, aka tightening and brightening skin.
Because of its fatty acids, coconut oil is anti-fungal both internally and topically; great for keeping the skin at its optimal state.
- lemon juice
- coconut oil
- optional: collagen powder
Blend 1/4 cucumber, the juice of 1/2 of a lemon, 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil, and 1/2 tablespoon collagen (optional). Paint onto face and let dry 10-20 minutes. Wash off and feel the coolness.
Lavender oil creates a calming reaction within the body, whether taken internally or topically. Its antioxidant properties help restore proper blood flow within the skin.
Due to their many phenol and antioxidant properties, oats are great for soothing, bufferering, and assisting in creating an even complection for the skin.
- lavender water or oil
- coconut oil
Blend 2 tablespoon lavender water (or 4 drops lavender essential oil + 2 tablespoon water) with 1/4 cup whole oats and 2 tablespoon melted coconut oil. Paste onto face and let dry 10-20 minutes. Wash off and feel restored.
Vitamin A is one of the most essential vitamins needed for skin. It helps reduce wrinkles, rough spots on the skin, and assists in healing wounds. Carrots and apricots are both high in vitamin A and they also contain good amounts of vitamin C. Their antioxidant properties help the skin stay tight, fresh, and bright looking.
Turmeric adds the finishing touch in this mix by detoxifying the skin as well.
- coconut oil
Grate 1/2 large carrot into small shavings. Blend with 1/2 apricot, 1 teaspoon turmeric and 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Paint onto face and let dry for 10-20 minutes. Wash off and feel (kicked? no) rejuvenated.