This Mask Is Like A Virgin Mojito For Your Face
The days of summer are numbered. As of today, we have 28 left (less than a month!), and we're going to make the most of it because—let's be realistic—there will be at least one heat wave before autumn's chill is here to stay.
One of the best ways to enjoy late summer, which is its own special season according to traditional Chinese medicine, is to embrace the mix of warm and cool weather that's to come. If you find yourself wishing you were on vacation, use it as an excuse to give yourself an at-home spa day.
This mask was formulated for warmer days to bring a cool, calming energy to the skin. Use it on mild sunburns, as a weekly hydration treatment, and/or when it's too damn hot to do anything else.
DIY Mint & Aloe Face Mask
- 2 teaspoons raw local honey
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- a spray or a few drops of a rosewater toner
- organic fresh mint leaves (2 to 4 leaves is all you need)
- Bruise and mash up the mint with a mortar and pestle to release the essential oils.
- Stir everything together.
- Apply it all to your face.
- Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes.
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Jessa Blades is a celebrity makeup artist, natural beauty authority, wellness expert, and herbalist based in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. She is deeply passionate about sharing simple and gentle ways to heal and nurture the body and skin while still looking fabulous.
Inspired by the idea of true healing and wellness, Jessa made the switch to natural, nontoxic beauty products in 2008 and founded her company, Blades Natural Beauty, the same year. Her goal then and now is to provide sustainable beauty routines, pure products, and expert advice for anyone looking to detox their medicine cabinet and heal—instead of hide—their imbalances.
When she’s not on set, Jessa uses her 15 years of experience to lead private lessons and group workshops on beautifying from the inside out. She teaches women how to apply makeup, choose natural and healing products, and incorporate herbs and food-based medicine into their lives to heal their skin. As a teacher and a makeup artist, Jessa's mission is to bring the message of self-care and empowerment into the conversation around beauty and healing.
Many of Jessa’s favorite natural beauty and wellness products, including her signature line of skin care and her hand-blended herbal teas, are available in her online Self-Care Supply Store and Apothecary.
Jessa has studied with a group of wise and powerful teachers, including Rosemary Gladstar, Peeka Trenkle, Phyllis Light, Hilary Garivaltis, and Nancy Phillips. She has steeped at renowned institutions from The Open Center and Kripalu to Sage Mountain.
Jessa has been featured as one of Glamour magazine’s "70 Amazing Eco-Heroes" and chosen as TreeHugger's Best Green Makeup Artist. She has contributed to Vogue, the New York Times, mindbodygreen, Into the Gloss, Style.com, Well Good, Natural Health, Organic Spa, and appeared on the Today show.