Hey there readers! I'm Kaity, and I blog over at As We Grow. I'm all about sharing my findings and tips all about saving money where you would least expect it, cleaning and organizing, and natural and new ways of doing things! As well as some yummy recipes along the way! This is one of my favorite facial recipes I have ever come across, and altered to perfection!
This is something that I have been trying out, and LOVE. Since I have been pregnant with Tucker, I have discovered a lot more blackheads on my face. And this is not okay with this mama! I have always had pretty nice skin, so when all these unwelcome guests decided to land upon my chin.. I knew I had to do something about it. So, I dove into research.
Here's what you'll need:
2 cups of water
5-8 drops of Lavender Oil
Handful of Basil (Fresh or Dried will do!)
Here's what you'll need to do:
Step 1: Take your 2 cups of water, Lavender oil, and basil, and pop them into a pan on the stove
Step 2: Turn on stovetop to medium and let the mixture boil for about 5-6 minutes
Step 3: Once mixture has boiled for that time, pull off burner and pour into a bowl
Step 4: Pull back your hair, and place face over bowl letting the steam hit and absorb into your face. Do this for about 10 minutes. It's super relaxing and smells GREAT!
Step 5: Take your baking soda, and a little bit of water, and make into a paste. Massage thoroughly into skin. Let it dry.
Step 6: Wash baking soda off with cool water. Your skin will feel fresh and new! And blackheads will be saying bye-bye!
**I recommend doing this once a week. It will really help diminish the amount of blackheads you have, and of course, doing it more often, always brings better results!**
WHY these ingredients?
Basil has been used for thousands of years to help treat different skin problems. The medicinal herb is especially great for acne problems because it has powerful ant-viral anti-inflammitory and antibacterial properties to it.
WHY Lavender Oil?
Lavender oil is great for clogged pores. It is a natural muscle relaxer, soothing agent, conditioner, and astringent. So not only, when you are doing the steam, does it smell great, but you are also absorbing all of active nutrients that come out of the oils, and penetrate your skin and pores.
WHY Baking Soda?
Baking soda has been found to be an amazing natural non-abrasive skin exfoliant! When you by exfoliants at the store, they contain harsh chemicals (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that are used renew the layer of skin, by burning off the old one. Baking soda is a physical exfoliant, that instead of doing harm, it actually physically scrubs off the excess skin cells and dirt that is accumulating.
So there you have it! A natural, easy (and smells really good too!) way of reducing and removing those pesky blackheads!
Thanks Kaity! You are awesome!