This mask is heavenly, luxurious, and perhaps even a bit extravagant.
It’s also easy, cheap-ish, and fun.
It requires only three ingredients, one of them being water.
To make mask:
Place 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder into a vessel. Add 1/2 teaspoon water. It could be warm water, leftover boiling water, or straight from the tap. Mix together well.
Add in 1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey of choice. I use Manuka due to its great skin benefits and I can find it in my local health and herb shop (where I also purchased the matcha powder in bulk). It’s quite expensive though, so any raw honey would work just fine and make this face mask more economical.
The mixture will be more serous than viscous and that is why a paintbrush may be useful. I paint the mixture onto my face and it feels relaxing, cooling, and sensuous.
Leave on for as little as 10 minutes, up to a few hours. Then simply wipe off with a warm, damp washcloth. Your face should be the smoothest it has felt in a while and have an undeniable glow.
I like to go out gardening in this mask in the front yard to scare my neighbors.
I enjoy being a voyeur into other people’s private lives (when they are sharing it willingly!) so I thought I would return the favor. I also absolutely love bath time. Yes, that’s right. I am a grown woman who mostly takes baths instead of showers.
This is what I would use just for hygiene. This does not include my after bath routine like oils and other accoutrement.
I have a couple washcloths that I knit which are perfect for my water-only face washing. They are a Purl Bee pattern called the Close Knit Washcloth. I have a couple crocheted facial rounds that I would use for removing eye makeup, which I rarely wear, or mostly for touching up my lipstick. I use a compostable toothbrush and a gum stimulator for my teeth. The small glass jar holds my baking soda mixed with a bit of peppermint essential oil for teeth brushing. The green bottle is diluted apple cider vinegar for a divine hair rinse. I still have a shampoo bar that has lasted me a long time because I rarely wash my hair with soap, instead employing water-only and a boar bristle hair brush.
Next are a few body brushes and a sponge for proper sudsing up on my rough patches. My feet are chronically cracked (from gardening I presume) so I must keep a pumice stone handy. I love that this one has a string attached to it. The brown pump bottle is plastic and once upon a time was filled with a local soap. I covered it in some paper and have the last of my liquid body soap left in there which also has lasted me an unnatural amount of time.
I also have that ubiquitous razor from Merkur as well as a pot I threw that I keep around for mixing clay or honey masks.
So there’s a sneak peek into my hygienic routine and products. Really when I think about it, it’s mostly baking soda and soap that I use nowadays thanks to hours of reading other blogs and suggestions on low waste self care.