Calming Chamomile Face Mask
Yield: 1 use
What is it about face masks that make them so darn healing? And relaxing? And, simply put, magical? Seriously, the worst kind of day — one that’s filled with lows and anxiety and a head full of doubt — is instantly improved upon the second I slather on a face mask. Maybe it has to do with the fact that it’s an act of self care. For 15-20 minutes, a face mask allows us to indulge in that treat-yoself mentality.
Face masks can have many purposes. They can offer moisture or nourishment or exfoliate the skin to create a refreshing glow. Interestingly, while face masks so often provide softening qualities, I find that they often help to toughen me up mentally. (Emphasis on the mentally here… because no one wants a face mask giving them tough skin!) It doesn’t matter what crud I may have had to wade through earlier in the day. After a face mask, I’m ready to tackle whatever problem I couldn’t solve earlier with a focused and clear mind. Does anyone relate to this?
The hard work continues. Just after this face mask.
So here’s a face mask that’s just as calming for your skin, too. It’s incredibly easy to make and requires only 2-3 ingredients.
The calming component of this face mask is chamomile. Chamomile is an incredible herb that’s an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Most people (myself included) like to sip on a hot mug of chamomile tea — but on days when my face feels irritated, I like to swipe a teaspoon of chamomile tea and apply it to my face. Raw honey makes up the base of this mask and is great for all skin types. Honey has its own hydrating and soothing properties as well, but in order to access them you must use raw honey! Commercial honey has been filtered and processed under high heat, stripping it of its nutritional value.
If you have German chamomile essential oil, consider adding three drops to this face mask as well. It’s deeply relaxing and feels great on irritated skin. However, this essential oil is, in fact, not essential to this recipe. This face mask is equally enjoyable and soothing without it.
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp strong chamomile tea
Optional, 3 drops German chamomile essential oil*
*Do not use if you are pregnant.
Steep the chamomile tea beforehand so that it’s at room temperature. You can either swipe a tsp from the mug that you’re drinking from and let it cool, or make a batch in advance to keep in the fridge.
In a small bowl, mix together the raw honey and tea until combined. Add the German chamomile and stir until completely mixed in.
How To Use
Apply the mask to face, neck and chest immediately. Do not store. The mask is drippy at first but should stick to your skin. Leave on for 15 minutes.
Optionally, in the last 5 minutes give yourself a circulation-boosting massage by tapping your face like you’re typing on a computer. It sounds weird, but is oddly satisfying.
Remove with a damp cloth.