Digital detox plan? Look no further than a simple ingredient: clay!
As you may already know, clay comes from the earth and its primary action on the human body is to absorb toxins and heavy metals. It contains a huge quantity of energy and is considered to have the ability to absorb excess "radioactivity" and toxic substances. It also acts as a catalyst and helps stimulate vitality, or just absorb excess crap if needed. So, when you add it to a bath, which by essence makes the body very relaxed and available, it will just penetrate the pores of the skin and do its detox job like a pro, while all you have to do is languidly soak. And be born again a few hours later!
WHAT YOU NEED
A small bowl, a teaspoon, a wooden stick (if you have it handy, otherwise use a compostable spoon --no metal should touch the clay--), organic Rose hydrosol (buy 100 ml or 200 ml), 100% natural or organic neroli essential oil, sandalwood essential oil (buy sustainable and undiluted), 100% natural or organic rose essential oil, 100% organic geranium essential oil, organic rose hip seed oil, white clay (kaolin).
Note: hydrosols are charged with carboxylic acids, which have a anti-inflammatory and calming effect on the skin, they mildly contract the skin and stimulates the blood flow). The white clay is very gentle and suits sensitive skin, it is anti-inflammatory, while also absorbing impurities and assisting the body with detox. Unlike green clay, it wonÕt dry your skin. Adding my combination of essential oils brings an exquisite fragrance as well as effective antiseptic and cytophylactic properties (regeneration of skin cells), but you can also decide to choose only one or two essential oils, depending on your olfactory taste, your mood and of course, your budget.
HOW TO CREATE YOUR RECIPE:
Put 4 to 5 generous teaspoons of white clay powder into your bowl. Add 40 ml of your organic rose hydrosol (and place the remaining in the fridge). Then add one teaspoon of rosehip seed oil and one or 2 drops of each essential oil. Pour hot water in the bathtub until the desired level. Make sure your mix is thoroughly stirred: it needs to be homogenous and like a really smooth paste. Then, apply a thin layer on your face, especially on your T-zone, on your chest and tummy, and what is left on your legs. Of course, this is AFTER having cleansed your skin with a mild face cleanser. Then dive into the water. You can stay about 20 minutes, see how you feel. 10 to 15. Then rinse off with fresh water. Pad dry with a soft cloth. Then spray your rose hydrosol all over the face and neck, preferably straight out of the fridge for a hyper refreshing and pore tightening effect.
My personal touch: put a drop or two of rosehip seed oil on your fingertips and lightly tap around your eyes, mouth and neck. The skin glows, the pores are cleansed and tightened, the blood flow is stimulated and the enchanting smell of the mixed essential oils will remain on your skin for a while.
Last recommendation: do this once a week or more, depending on how your skin tolerates essential oils and how much it needs "detox". Enjoy:)
Note: This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Don't use essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing. Keep them away from children and babies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Swiss-born green beauty guru Caroline Wachsmuth is a bespoke skincare, body care and fragrance designer.
She created the first certified organic skincare and spa brand Doux Me in Paris, in 2002. After selling the brand, Caroline now divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris, as a consultant for select brands, artists and private clients. She published “Seasons” – a book of DIY beauty recipes, and launched the “Friends Collection,” custom made beauty and fragrance products for her entourage. A dedicated Ashtanga Yogini, Caroline regularly shares her wellness intell via health and lifestyle magazines and blogs.