When I recently stumbled upon a fun book called Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles, I realized that making some of my own beauty products at home would be even better for my skin, certainly less toxic and easier on the environment. With over 175 recipes for homemade concoctions for face, hair, body and everything in-between, this book will keep me busy. I started off with something easy, the Honey and Wheat Germ Softening Mask. The author says honey is a humectant which pulls moisture from the air to the skin, perfect for these cold winter days.
To make the mask, mix the following in a small bowl:
1 tbsp. fresh, raw honey
1 tsp. sunflower seed meal * (or finely ground almond meal)
1 tsp. fresh, raw wheat germ
*To make the “meal,” place a handful of the sunflower seeds or almonds into a food processor and pulse until becomes a consistency similar to Parmesan cheese.
Once thoroughly mixed, apply to a clean face with clean fingers. The mask will go on kind of thick but once the honey warms up on your skin it will thin out a little. Lay down and relax for 30 minutes, then rinse with a warm wash cloth.
I’ve used it a few times now and it works just as well as any “miracle” mask from a tube at a fraction of the cost, and it tastes good too!