Friday Frolics #6 – Cleopatra Face Masque

Friday Frolics #6 – Cleopatra Face Masque

Winter be gone! I, for one, am fed up with the torture my skin is going through with the blasts of cold air outside and the dry air inside. My heart goes out to the people who live in parts of the world where the weather is harsher than where I live. People assume New Mexico doesn’t experience four seasons; they’re wrong. We have all four seasons – many times in the same week!

Believe me, this is hard on the skin and it doesn’t get any easier the older one gets. So, I thought now was a good time to share what I like to call my Cleopatra Face Masque. I feel like a queen afterwards because my skin feels so smooth and silky and the fragrance is divine – after all, it contains frankincense and lavender! Don’t worry, you can pick these up at your local health food store and a little goes a long way. By the way, this is not just for the ladies out there – the gentlemen in the crowd will benefit from this treatment and enjoy the fragrance as well. This might even be a good couples’ activity, if you think about it.

The masque is also a scrub for exfoliation and can be used on your face, hands, pretty much anywhere you have skin that needs softening. Additionally, honey, lavender and frankincense are all naturally antiseptic / antibacterial agents so this is a very ‘clean’ concoction for your skin. The recipe I share here is for a portion size I use on my face and hands so if you need more for larger expanses, just adjust the ingredients in relative proportions and you’ll be fine. If you are sensitive to fragrances on your skin, you can leave the frankincense and lavender out of the masque itself. Put a couple drops of each in some water warming on the stove while you sit with the masque on to experience the aromatherapy benefits they impart.

CLEOPATRA FACE MASQUE

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Honey (raw is best)
2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil*
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil*

Instructions

Mix Baking Soda and Honey together into a paste adding more Honey if needed to make it creamy enough to apply to the skin. Add in the Essential Oils and mix well. *To be sure you get the right formulation, when you purchase the Essential Oils, tell the salesperson at the store you will be putting them in a masque to apply to the skin, not using them in candles.

Massage the masque onto the skin (avoid eyes and lips) and relax for 10 minutes. Personally, I like to kick back in my recliner with lovely music playing and cucumber slices on my eyes. Oh yes! I go for the entire spa treatment when it’s my turn, people!

Apply warm, moist cloth over the masque to loosen, then wipe it off. Splash face with lukewarm water to remove any remnants and pat dry with a clean towel. The skin will be rosy, slightly tingly, and refreshed. Because the essential oils are so relaxing, this is an excellent treatment to do at bedtime after a stressful day.

If you have any of the masque left over, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Since honey doesn’t spoil, it will keep indefinitely as long as it isn’t exposed to the air to become granulated.

Enjoy your pampering session and your weekend – until next time…

Friday Frolic #2 – Decadent Detox Bath

Time for another Friday Frolic! This time we’re going to relax, detox and get a fresh start.

Let’s be honest, we all have those days, weeks, months when nothing is going right and we feel every challenge in every fiber of our bodies. When that happens, it’s time for a nice, long detoxing bath that’s simple and easy to do with things you probably have around the house.

Keep in mind that during and after a detox bath, it’s important to hydrate well and rest. I, therefore, recommend this as an evening activity. So, gather together a few magazines or that book you’ve been meaning to finish as well as some juice, sparkling water, herbal tea or simply some chilled water as well as a candle or two to set the mood – think of your bathroom as your very own spa and develop the ambience you expect and that delights your senses.

To put together the detox bath itself you only need three ingredients:

1 Cup Epsom salts
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Dissolve the Epsom salts and baking soda in very warm bath water, then drop the essential oil on the surface of the water just before entering the bath. Another, add-in to try is to add one cup of dry milk powder to soften and smooth the skin. This is especially delightful in the winter when the skin is in need of extra special pampering as the lactic acid in the milk sloughs off the dead skin allowing the new skin underneath to receive the moisturizing qualities more directly.

Soak for at 20 minutes – add more warm water as time passes, if needed, to maintain a comfortably warm temperature in the tub. When you’re done soaking, be sure to rinse off the residue of the soak in a quick, tepid shower. Pat yourself dry (no rubbing), before applying a rich, creamy body lotion or cream to seal in the luxurious goodness of this treatment. Now is the time for the coziest pajamas, fluffiest robe and big mug of hot herbal tea – preferably not a diuretic variety since you need to hydrate after detoxing. Before long, you’ll find yourself nodding off and ready for bed. Don’t fight it, you deserve an early bedtime. You’ve earned it. Enjoy!

See you next Friday for another frolic…enjoy your weekend…

Know How to Play

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” What a wise man. Play is an essential part of a happy life. Look around you at the people who are genuinely happy, relaxed and content with their lives. With very few exceptions (if any), you will find those people know how to play, to be silly, to have fun.

I must admit I am guilty, at times, of forgetting how to play. Have you forgotten how to play? Do you know when you stopped playing? I don’t. It just seemed that one day I awakened to the realization that I no longer played. Why do we forget to play? Why does it become unimportant or unfashionable to play? Many questions to which we may never find the answers.

So try this – take out your calendar and find a block of time (at least an hour) when you can promise to do ‘nothing.’ Now, decide where to do this ‘nothing.’ Maybe alone in a park, or at home with the children or pets or spouse will be the best place. Where is not important; what is important is that the place is someplace you are comfortable doing ‘nothing.’ Then, let nature take its course…before you know it, you will be playing with each other, whether it’s a game of peek-a-boo with the baby or tug-of-war with the dog or swinging alone on the swings at the park and your stress will melt away almost magically.

Remember to include crafting in your definition of play as you continue to explore this phenomenon. Remember, finger painting and string art and coloring? It’s not that big of a stretch to canvas art and crochet and knitting – take a class, dig out those hooks and needles, crayons and coloring books, relax – PLAY a little every day!!!