No, you will not be spreading sticky whipped corn syrup on your face… I’m talking about marshmallow root (althaea officinalis)! A friendly, versatile, and soothing medicinal herb (btw, it’s a really great companion to keep on hand – especially with kids in the house!).
I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist when it comes to skin care, but now that I’m in my mid thirties I’m noticing too many fine lines and delicate skin that doesn’t bounce back the way it used to. Although still a “simplest”, I am getting a little more serious when it comes to caring for my skin. For someone with a dry constitution and easily damaged skin like myself, this means using delicate cleansers and nourishing nature-based materials.
Clay masks that I’ve used in the past have been bit too drying. I love the idea of a face mask that detoxes but I want it to feel… simply good! One that leaves my sensitive skin feeling nourished and moisturized not fried and deprived. So, I came up with this simple recipe using herbs and oils that offer cooling, calming, and moisturizing qualities that will benefit all of our beautiful faces!
— please test for sensitivities prior to using on your face —
Marshmallow Root – Marshmallow is a soothing, cooling, and moistening herb. It’s very mucilaginous, meaning when it gets wet it gets slimy – similar to oatmeal. It not only stimulates skin cell growth but is excellent for both hot inflammation and dry skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, dry, and aging skin.
Rose Petals – Rose is a fairly common ingredient in herbal skin care. It’s nutrient dense, mildly astringent, and energetically cooling and anti-inflammatory. It’s a wonderful choice for any skin type, but will be especially soothing to inflamed skin.
Rose Hip Oil – Rose hip seed oil is high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and is also anti-inflammatory. It’s well-known for its anti-aging, skin healing, and rejuvenating qualities. It’s a very light oil and absorbs quickly into your skin without an oily feel or appearance.
French Pink Clay – Although all clays are drawing and help eliminate toxins and excess oils, french pink clay is one of the milder clays making it a great choice for troubled skin.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Its antibacterial properties assist in killing acne bacteria. Peppermint essential oil has calming effects on skin inflammation and contains menthol which will cool, refreshen, and leave you feeling rejuvenated.
- 1 part marshmallow root powder
- 1/2 part french pink clay
- 1/4 part dried organic rose petals – powdered
- Cold pressed rose hip seed oil – (consider using raw honey or aloe, as well)
- 1 or 2 drops peppermint essential oil (per mask)
- Powder your dried rose petals. I like to use a coffee grinder, but if you’re only making a small batch you can crumble them pretty well between your fingers.
- Mix all of the dry ingredients and stir or shake it up.
- Use 2 teaspoons of dry mixture and add enough rose hip seed oil as needed to create a spreadable consistency – about equal parts.
- Add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil – mix well!
applying your mask
- Begin with a clean face – free from makeup.
- Spread an even layer around your face carefully avoiding your eyes, mouth, and nostrils.
- Leave on for 15 minutes.
- Gently rinse the mask off your face. The pink clay may stain fabric, so be mindful if you’re using a cloth. Because this is a gentle oil-based mask you may not feel it is necessary to follow up with a moisturizer, however we’re all different – so if you’d like, apply a few drops of rose hip or jojoba oil which will continue to nourish and renew your skin!
All information from Life Infused is meant for educational purposes only. The methods on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Please conduct your own research and make decisions in partnership with your health care provider – especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition, or are taking any medication.