DIY: Raw Honey Spirulina Mask
1-2 tablespoons raw honey
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
1 capsule Spirulina
Mix up the ingredients in a glass bowl, I suppose any bowl works, I used glass. Apply to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. This is best to do if you’re going to be taking a relaxing bath as the honey will melt and drip. To remove you can either use a warm damp wash cloth, or wet your hands and scrub the sugar in a little then rinse with warm water. The sugar doesn’t melt so you can use it as a mild exfoliator before removing the mask. And no the Spirulina doesn’t stain your face green.
I’m so pretty I could be the swamp thing! On the bright side, Spirulina never tasted so good. Teehee
Grapeseed oil is wonderful for skin, it’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and protein,. The antioxidants in the oil are called procyanidolic oligomers (PCO’s), known for their health giving properties, and are more powerful than vitamin C and vitamin E.
Grape seed oil is known for its anti aging effects. Polyphenols can help slow the process of aging, as well as having anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties, which makes it great for helping clear up acne. Grapeseed oil contains a high amount of linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid essential for the health of the skin and cell membranes. This is the reason why it makes such a wonderful moisturizer, as it really nourishes your skin helping keep it smooth and subtle. It is known for its ability to lock in moisture, leaving your skin feeling more supple and smooth, and it does not leave a greasy feeling, which makes it ideal to use on all skin types.
The nutrients in grape seed oil are easily absorbed into the skin, instead of sitting on top of the skin, this also helps to fight free radicals and stop some of the enzymes that destroy collagen, elastin and other connective tissue. As it is a natural oil, it will inhibit problems such as fine lines and wrinkles, caused by the loss of collagen and elastin. Along with vitamin C, grapeseed oil is able to help the skin with the production of collagen.
Now a little info on Spirulina and raw honey!
Spirulina has many nutrients and is full of protein. The beta-carotene in Spirulina is 10 times more concentrated than what you find in carrots. It’s 60% protein and has all nine amino acids and is the only whole-food source of the fatty acid Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA helps reduce the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dry scalp syndrome and more. One very important vitamin group essential in providing skin nutrients that spirulina contains is B Complex. These B vitamins are also especially important for healthy nerves and tissue as well as unusual phytonutrients for overall health and cleansing. Spirulina is also high in Iron1, magnesium and other trace minerals. Spirulina is an excellent supplement to take internally, but it also has wonderful skin benefits.
If you know me in person, which many of you probably don’t, hah, you know how much I love raw honey. Now I’m talking about real, raw honey, not the processed junk you buy at the store. We get our honey from a local beekeeper. Love the blackberry raw honey. Raw honey is an amazingly healthy, yummy, well goo. Raw, unprocessed honey contains, pollen with 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and a spectrum of vitamins, along with honeycomb, antioxidants and 5,000 live enzymes. It is full of catalase enzymes which help the body fight free radicals. These and other enzymes found in honey get destroyed if the honey is heated to more than 104 F to promote faster extraction from the comb. Raw honey is also rich in many flavanoids such as pinocembrin, pinobanksin, chrysin, galagin, acecetin, quercetin and kaempherol, which help the body attack allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. In addition to these benefits, honey is packed with vitamins and minerals including riboflavin(B12), niacin(B3), pantothenic acid(B5), vitamin B6, folate(B9), vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Propolis is a substance the bees use not only as a sealant for the small cracks in the hive but also to build immunity in their young(like colostrums for mammals). Many humans respond with an allergic reaction when ingesting pure extracted Propolis, but when the Propolis is mixed in the honey, the body generally, is able to absorb it without any problems. Propolis is used for treatment of inflammation, viral diseases, ulcers, , superficial burns, canker sores and gingivitis, and can be used as an antiseptic dressing on open wounds. It also is believed to have an antibiotic, antifungal, and even immuno-modulatory function.
I love raw honey.
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