Spirulina Face Mask Concoction

Spirulina Face Mask
Spirulina Face Mask
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Oils
  1. Coconut Oil
  2. Sweet Almond Oil
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Castor Oil
Mineral Powders
  1. Spirulina Powder
  2. Bicarb Soda
  3. Vitamin C Powder
  4. Arrowroot Powder
  5. Cinnamon Powder
  6. Activated Charcoal
Nuts & Seeds
  1. Oatmeal
  2. Hemp Seeds
  3. Almond Meal
  4. Sunflower Seeds
Other Liquids
  1. Manuka Honey
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Water from a Boiled Potato with Skin-on
  4. Water from Licorice Root Tea
Instructions
  1. Put the Licorice Root teabag & Potato into a saucepan on the stove with a little filtered water to cover
  2. Bring to boil then simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Add rest of ingredients to a bowl & stir well
  4. Cool the boiled liquid and add to the bowl
  5. Blend all ingredients into a smooth paste
  6. Apply to face and leave on as long as you can (I'm intended 2 hours)
Notes
  1. Read the blog post for more details
Penny`Pedia http://pennybutler.com/

So today I read an article ‘Bath Bombing your Way to Health – Dr Sircus‘ about cell regeneration by a specific new “o2 carbon dioxide gel” that they are selling in Japan & Malaysia. The ‘all natural’ ingredients list was scary-looking:

The Mitate C3 CO2 Gel Mask consists of gel concentrate and micro-granulated powder. Both gel concentrate and fine micro-granulated powder are made with natural plant based ingredients. The gel concentrate consists of following: WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN), SODIUM BICARBONAT, CYAMOPSIS TETRAGONOLOBA (GUAR) GUM, ALGAE EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) EXTRACT, GERANIUM THUNBERGII EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES, CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, PINUS PINASTER BARK EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, COIX LACHRYMA-JOBI MA-YUEN SEED EXTRACT, PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, ALGIN, PHENOXYETHANOL The fine micro-granulated powder consists of following: LACTOSE, ASCORBIC ACID, SOLANUM TUBEROSUM (POTATO) STARCH, DEXTRIN, CITRIC ACID

Mitate before & after
Mitate before & after. 10 Treatments.
Photo source: http://www.mitate.com.my/

 

But seeing the before and after shots of both the ones on the first website above and the website of testimonials on the seller website, I was motivated to create a face mask today :)

I looked up every ingredient and found that half are toxic, a quarter were just used for preservative reasons or thickeners, and the rest of the ingredients looked great, but unfortunately not very accessible (to me). So I decided to make my own concoction, taking on board the ingredients they used that I had access to in my bathroom and kitchen.. and created my own vitamin c / spirulina / manuka type of ‘good for skin’ goop. :)

  • Almond Milk or Coconut Milk – I substituted by using Almond Meal (4 Tbsp) & Coconut Oil (2 Tbsp)

    Spirulina Face Mask
    Spirulina Face Mask
  • SODIUM BICARBONAT is just Bicarb Soda (1 Tbsp)
  • GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) EXTRACT – I substituted with Licorice Root Teabags that have the following ingredients: Licorice root (44%), Fennel, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Ginger, Cloves (1 Teabag)
  • PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT EXTRACT – I substituted with Arrowroot Tapioca Powder (1 Tbsp)
  • ALGAE EXTRACT,  ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT,  ALGIN, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN), are all Algae extracts, which I substituted for Spirulina powder (1 Tbsp)
  • ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT – I forgot to use this in mine – next time I’ll take a leaf of my Aloe Vera plant
  • SOLANUM TUBEROSUM (POTATO) STARCH – I substituted by boiling a potato with the skin on and using the water (1/2 Cup+)
  • ASCORBIC ACID – Vitamin C Powder (2 tsp)
  • CITRIC ACID – Not exactly a good substitute, but hope the lemon peel / orange peel in my teabag will do here, I don’t have any citric acid and wouldn’t put it on my face if I did.

I also added a little (approximate measurements in brackets):

  • Manuka Honey (2 Tbsp)
  • Sunflower Seeds (2 Tbsp)
  • Hemp Seeds (4-5 Tbsp)
  • Oatmeal (1/4 Cup)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (1 Tbsp)
  • Olive Oil (2 tsps)
  • Castor Oil (1 tsp)
  • Activated Charcoal (1/2 capsule)
  • Cinnamon Powder (1 tsp)

Before mixing with the licorice root/potato starch water, the “goop” was really thick – would’ve been a beautiful gluggy mask, (sorry, forgot to take a photo) but I decided to just pour in the water and blend it up, and now it’s a runny mess. Next time I will use less water and add some aloe vera instead. So I made the correct decision in blending.. fantastic.. but it would’ve been 1000% better if I had’ve carefully added the water to keep the texture thicker & creamier rather than letting it go too watery.

Going to come back to this post at a later time and update all the goodies on why all those ingredients are good for the skin. And half my notes about the chemicals are on my other computer, so I’ll update in a couple of hours.

 

Spirulina Face Mask
Spirulina Face Mask moments after Blending
Spirulina Face Mask
Face Mask poured into an empty travel shampoo bottle.
Spirulina Face Mask
I will keep the Face Mask in the fridge with today’s date on it.

Although I’m fairly certain that this combination of ingredients would not need to be kept in the fridge, I’m unsure of the potato starch. Anyone know? So I’m just going to keep it in the fridge for now with today’s date on it (11th Feb 2014).

Update: The mask has been on for 2 hours ( I put it on when my nephew went to kinder, and now he’s back), it’s now completely dry on my skin. It came off very easily with a little bit of coconut oil and a microfibre towel. I can’t say I noticed anything dramatic.. nothing magic happened lol, and no dramas either. I guess I’ll see how it goes after using it for a longer period of time. I have no real complaints about my skin anyway, I’ve been really happy with my skin for the past few months (I no longer wear makeup to work). I just like the fact that we can “feed” our skin some good nutrients just as we feed our internal cells, and think it can’t hurt to give our cells and bodies largest organ some access to some more vitamins & minerals :)

 

Penny (NaturalHealing.com.au)
Penny (NaturalHealing.com.au)

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