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Preserving and Purifying Face Mask

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DYI Preserving and Purifying Face Mask in a glass bowl

The month of January 2017 was sort of like a time warp for me. With the never ending winter storms providing us with enough snow, rain, and ice to last a lifetime… I (we) found myself (ourselves) spending a lot of time indoors.

In fact, I think we only went to town 4-5 times in the whole month? And that was only to stock up on rations and to take Bob to the doctor. He came down with something horrific, that zapped his health for well over three weeks. With Bob unable to do much of anything… I stepped up to the plate and took care of all the outside duties.

They ranged from plowing to shoveling to keeping the icicles under control and replenishing our fireplace wood stocks.  It brought me great joy to do this, so Bob didn’t have to worry or stress over things not getting done.

So how does this fit into my face mask post? Well, since I spent countless hours outside in frigid temps, it took a little toll on my skin.

I found myself taking more hot baths which stripped my skin of its natural moisture barrier. And while I was out in the cold weather that lacked humidity… it caused my skin to lose moisture even more rapidly.

So, I started to make sure that I was dressing more in layers to decrease my chills rather than having to reply on hot baths to warm me. I drank warm herbal teas, I stayed hydrated, and I pampered my skin with incredible nutrient filled masks such as this one.  I will be sharing the benefits of each ingredient used and will also give you just a few options on different essential oils that you can add to it if you wish.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential Oil

Rose Essential Oil

DYI Preserving and Purifying Face Mask in a glass bowl on barn woodIngredients:

yields 2-3 masks


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the Irish moss gel, vitamin C powder, and essential oil drops (if you decided to add them).
  2. Apply a thick coating on your face and throat.
  3. Rest for 30-45 minutes or until dry.
    • The thicker the coating, the longer it will take to dry.
    • This mask gets dry and tight. If you put it on your throat, don’t keep your head bent over while it dries… it will become so tight and painful to lift your head. Haha,  Ask me, I know. :)
  4. When ready to remove, soak a washrag in warm water and bending over the sink, bring it to your face and let your face rest in the palm of your hands. Let the wet warmth soften the mask. Do not rub off. Be gentle with your skin.
    • Keep rinsing and rewetting the rag with warm water, repeating the whole process until your face and throat is clean.
  5. You may notice a little redness at first, but it quickly fades.
  6. This “recipe” makes 2-3 masks (depends on how much real-estate space you are covering :)
    • So either, do this with a friend or loved one.
    • Or you can put it in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for a week.
    • Or if you didn’t add essential oils to it, add a spoonful to your smoothie!

4 thoughts on “Preserving and Purifying Face Mask

  1. Svetlana says:

    HI Amie,
    I cannot find Irish moss gel in my area (Ontario, Canada). Could it be replaced by moss powder?
    Thank you! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Svetlana,

      I understand. They don’t sell it where I live either. I always have to order mine on line. Personally, I wouldn’t use the powder form because it has been heated at high temps and I am afraid that it wouldn’t have the same nutrient benefit. Remember what we put on our skin is as important as what we put in it. I wouldn’t ever eat the powder or flake form, so I wouldn’t put it on my skin. Can you order the Irish moss sea weed on line? Blessings, amie sue

  2. Svetlana says:

    Hi Amie Sue,
    I was looking for ordering the gel online, but came across a recipe how to make it at home by soaking it. Would it be similar to what you have had? Is it worth trying? I can find raw irish moss in our health store.
    Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Svetlana,

      If you follow my link in the ingredients list, I teach you how to make the Irish moss paste. It’s a wonderful mask and I try to do it 1x a week. :) Let me know if you give it a go. Blessings, amie sue

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