This recipe actually started out as a turmeric face mask, but that didn’t end very well. I’d been seeing recipes for turmeric face masks everywhere, and they all said something along the lines of ‘try it and see how your face just glows’. Hmmm… try it they said – you’ll glow they said – well let me tell you what, I did glow after using a turmeric facial. The only problem was I was glowing like and Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
No joke, when my husband came home from work, he took one look at me and said ‘what happened to your face’? This of course was because the turmeric had stained my face a nice orangey yellow tint. Luckily by the next day, it had mostly returned to normal, and I didn’t look so much like I’d had a mishap with tanning lotion.
But I was kind of bummed that my idea of mixing turmeric and honey together for an anti-inflammatory facial clearly wasn’t going to work. However, then I remembered my Creamsicle Calendula Body Lotion and how soothing the calendula was. So it was back to the drawing board but this time with calendula in place of turmeric.
This time the facial mask worked beautifully with no Oompa Loompa like side effects! Since calendula is still quite orange, I wouldn’t use this every single day to be on the safe side. But I have used it every other day for a week without any hint of orange in my face.
Although I have to say, my personal preference with facials is to keep them rotating to mix things up, because different types of facials have different benefits. The only 2 I use repeatedly back to back are my Pineapple Facial and a 1-2x per week my Baking Soda Exfoliation. Everything else I like to rotate to get different beneficial effects for my skin.Print
- 1 Teaspoon ground calendula flowers, see notes
- 2–3 Teaspoons honey
- Mix together the ground calendula with enough honey to make a spreadable paste. If your honey is solid, you’ll need to heat it gently until it’s liquified, but not hot.
- After cleansing your face, apply the facial mask, taking extra care applying the mask to the soft skin around your eyes.
- Let the mask sit for 5-10 minutes before washing it off, and following with an astringent, (like Witch Hazel) and the moisturizer of your choice.
You can usually find calendula at your local health food store. Often they will carry it in the bulk herbs and spices section where you can buy as much as you need by the ounce.