I have vivid memories of being fourteen years old and in my best friend's kitchen, accosting her mother's KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make homemade facials that we read about in Glamour.
We also tried making rock candy in the very same kitchen and later, tortured my poor father into helping us bake fortune cookies (and we totally did them WRONG) but those are both stories best left untold. Today, I'm talking about facials.
After making a colossal mess with gobs of oatmeal, apple and honey with the intent to soothe, rejuvenate and improve our teenage complexions, we enjoyed about ten minutes of relaxation....followed by a long night of cleaning up a kitchen full of oatmeal goop (that did little to help our complexions).
For awhile in high school, I tortured my combination skin with Freeman Peel-Away cucumber masks, because that's what my friends did, but I finally gave up on those too.
Aside from the occasional hormone-driven blemish, my skin is pretty clear. Once in a blue moon, I'll get a facial for relaxation, so when Irie Star Cosmetics offered to send me a sample of Refine Clay Renewal Treatment I was thrilled.
Unlike a lot of facial products, Refine doesn't contain harsh chemicals that can irritate or dry out the skin. Refine is a creamy clay formula that you can use once or twice a week to help perfect, smooth, detoxify, and even out skin tone. I've used the mask twice and both times, my skin seemed to feel smoother even two days later.
Instead of long, unpronounceable ingredients, the label features things like organic Licorice to lighten sun damage, Willowbark to exfoliate, and a bevy of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herbs and essential oils to soothe and offer nourishment, along with natural Vitamin E.
The mask base is Rhassoul clay, mined from lava clay beds in Morocco. Used by fine spas around the world it is high in Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Silica, and Sodium. It's high rate of ion exchange which rids you of what you don't need, and infuses the good back in.
A facial, whether a home or professional one, is a nice way to relax and unwind and feel a little more pampered than you do during your typical skin case regimen. For purchase information visit www.iriestar.com.