Thank God For [Mask] Monday

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Let's be real. While its purpose is undeniably amazing, the reality of having a #SelfCareSunday every week just isn't in the cards for me. With only two days in a weekend, I'm having trouble fitting it all in. I often enjoy my weekend workouts, have recently started teaching yoga, need to fit in time for friends and loved ones, and am starting to finally know what it feels like to be a homeowner [how is there always so much to do around the house??]. Long story short, there aren't always enough hours between Saturday and Sunday to devote completely to my self-care routine. Thank God For Mondays. [I promise you, this is the only time you'll hear that from me].

Instead of packing it ALL into 48 hours, I've extended my weekend rituals into Monday with MASK MONDAY. It not only frees up time on Sunday nights for cooking with Chris and watching West World...it also gives me something to look forward to on a Monday. Because let's face it, they're the.worst.

My routine: with a cup of Dandelion Root Tea or hot water + lemon, I apply one of the following four masks. It's calming af and helps me reset from a Monday that's often full of stress. Here are my favorites:

1. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Active Ingredients & Benefits: Made from 100% natural calcium bentonite clay from Death Valley, CA, where it is sun-dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees

How to use: Mix equal parts clay and Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and stir until smooth paste. Apply 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick layer of clay to the face or other areas and let it dry for about 5 minutes. Remove clay with a warm wash cloth. 

2. Cocovit Coconut Charcoal Face Mask

Active Ingredients & Benefits (Sourced from South India):

  • Activated Coconut Charcoal: Mighty magnet for toxins + impurities. Clears pores and removes dry patches to balance skin tone.

  • Turmeric Powder: Anti-inflammatory and gentle exfoliant. Treats skin conditions such as redness + acne. Brightens skin and adds youthful glow.

  • Neem Powder: Powerful antioxidant. Protects from environmental damage and aging free radicals, Help rejuvenate skin and restore elasticity with essential fatty acids and Vitamin E.

  • Indian Ginseng: Anti-aging herb. Stimulates collagen production. Helps smooth + tone the skin, and balance natural skin oils.

  • Geranium Oil: Gentle astringent. Tightens the skin + help prevents wrinkles. Stimulates skin cell regeneration.

  • CocovĂ­t Coconut Oil: Rich in antioxidants and healthy acids, including capric, caprylic, myristic, and lauric acid. Softens and lubricates healthy skin cells, breaks down dead cells, heals acne and hydrates skin.

  • Patchouli Oil: Anti-inflammatory and tissue regenerator. Calms skin irritations like sunburn, acne or eczema, while stimulating the growth of new skin cells.

How to use: Combine 1 teaspoon of powder with raw honey (you could also use yogurt, apple cider vineger or water) to create paste. Allow to dry for 5-7 minutes. Gently remove with warm water wash cloth.

3. Pressed Vibrance Exfoliating Facial Mask

Active Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Organic Maca Powder

  • Kaolin Clay

  • Organic Pure Cane Sugar

  • Organic Tigernut Powder

  • Organic Cacao Powder

If you've been reading our blog for a while, you know that we are huge fans of Pressed Vibrance products, which are always organically sourced and use only the healthiest of ingredients. This facial exfoliating mask gives your skin a good dose of vital earth grown nutrients and antioxidants that are known to be high in regenerative essential fatty acids, vitamins, proteins and minerals - helping to improve the tone and texture of your skin.

How to use: My favorite way to use is as a scrub in the shower. But when I have time, I mix about a quarter-size amount with water and form a paste. Leave it on for 5 minutes then use a hot wash cloth to gently wipe away. 

4. Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

Active Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Bentonite: Found in Canada and the Midwest, this is a colloidal aluminum silicate clay used as a suspending agent in a variety of skin care formulas including lotions and makeup. Because it absorbs oil, it is often used as a facial mask to reduce shine. Also helps to stabilize formulas.

  • Aloe: Widely used for centuries in traditional and herbal medicine for its skin soothing benefits. It's also known to possess hydrating properties and helps increase the water content in skin. Our Aloe is sourced from the leaf of the Aloe Vera plant growing in the Dominican Republic.

  • Amazonian White Clay: Helps purify and detoxify skin. This clay is known to remove bacteria, toxins, excess oil and dead cells that can clog skin and result in enlarged pores.

How to use: Apply a thin layer to damp, clean skin, avoiding the immediate eye area and allow to dry (approximately ten minutes). When dry, gently remove using a warm, wet towel and gently pat dry. 

Happy Mask Monday, fam!

xx, J