Meet The Mask - Rejuvinating Rosewood

Rosewood essential oil is the star ingredient here, bringing a cellular regenerating action to this mask – a great pick-me-up for sensitive and/or mature skin. Both pink clay and kaolin are an ideal choice. I've mixed them together (just for fun), but this mask works equally well with one or the other.

Be aware that kaolin is available in several different grades (as it is used in all sorts of applications). If you decide to give it a try, be sure you shop for cosmetics-grade kaolin. If you are unable to get hold of rose hydrosol, make an infusion of rooibos tea. Rooibos brings antioxidants and will work beautifully with these ingredients.

This is enough for one application.

You will need the following ingredients 

- Pink clay and/or kaolin (be sure the kaolin is cosmetics-grade!)
- Rose hydrosol or rooibos tea
- sweet almond oil
- 100% pure rosewood essential oil

And you will need the following items

- small container
- teaspoon
- tablespoon
- smallish brush (for applying the mask)
- natural sponge (for removing the mask)

Making The Mask

1. Put approx 2 tablespoons (about 30 ml) liquid into the small container
2. Sprinkle/add a tablespoon + a teaspoon (about 25 gr) of the clay and let it all sink into the water (to avoid lumps: do not stir until the liquid has absorbed the clay)
3. Stir until you have an even mixture. If necessary, add liquid or clay to adjust to your desired texture. This mask works best if it is applied in a thick layer.
4. Add 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
5. Add 4 drops rosewood essential oil and stir well until everything is evenly distributed

Applying The Mask

Start by washing your face and neck with a good cleanser, then lightly patting the skin dry. Now, apply the mask with the brush in a thick layer, leaving the area around your eyes and lips free. To acheive sufficient thickness, you may find it easier to apply several layers. 

Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes (no longer!). Ideally, lie down and relax. 

This mask will begin to feel taut and start to crack as it begins to dry. If you have applied a thick enough layer, the mask will not be completely dry when it is time to remove it.

Removing The Mask

Wet the natural sponge and carefully soften and remove the mask. Rinse and repeat until the mask is completely gone. Pat your face dry and apply a (non-alcoholic!!) skin tonic or spritz your face with a skin mist. Finish with a good moisturizer or a light application of face oil.