Think like your mother & dance like your father
If sipping sun were a face mask, it would resemble both the vibrancy and complexity of our Earth Mother, combined with most provocative setting sun. Quite literally, sipping this face mask would be totally appropriate. Or more accurately, spooning small heaps into Tastebudlandia.
I prefer to make a mess of it, pawing it all over my face, imitating a sweeping dessert dust storm, in which all that flies around eventually lands.
A qualifying face mask contains only ingredients found in the pantry, herbal apothecary, or home garden. Regardless if you have any of those designated spaces, the ingredients used in a sipping sun face mask are simply the most natural, organic elements that are often found in the kitchen and used in nourishing meals. Aside from aloe vera, which this recipe requires, you can safely eat, whether purposefully or if you're a habitual spoon licker as I am.
While there is a safe way to consume aloe vera juice internally, we can talk about laxatives in another post!
Masks pair perfectly with music.
When I get inspired to develop a recipe, I'm often immersed in a completely unrelated activity or simply dancing. I love movement, and believe that moving energy around is crucial to the creative process. Similarly to how we experience negative ions during rain and thunderstorms, our minds receive the medicine they need in order to recharge and dust off any stagnation.
I was listening to a vinyl record by Bariş Manço when the feelings of summer and 1970's music vibes filled my aura and got me dancing around my living room. sipping sun masks tend to be messy, so I had to wait until the mask hardened before daring to ask it to dance. Dancing to music that really gets the juices flowing pairs perfectly with nourishing masks.
This concept reminds me of my morning showers in which moving (or dancing) around afterward always makes my hair behave and my makeup actually stick to my skin.
If sipping sun Were A Face Mask · BEAUTIFIES 1 to 2
for the mask
2-3 tablespoons mashed sweet potato
2 tablespoons whole milk yogurt (like Straus Creamery's European-style Organic Yogurt, or homemade yogurt)
1-2 teaspoons raw organic honey (like Wedderspoon's Raw Organic Manuka Honey)
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (like Seven Mineral's Organic Aloe Vera Gel)
1 tablespoon coconut flour (like Anthony's Organic Coconut Flour)
a few threads of saffron (optional, like TooGood's Organic Saffron)
1. Combine the mashed sweet potato and whole milk yogurt in a small bowl.
2. Stir in the honey until fully combined, followed by the aloe vera gel*.
3. Finally, mix in the coconut flour until a semi-smooth paste forms.
Using your fingertips, gently massage the mask onto clean damp skin**. As this mask can be messy and flaky, you may prefer to apply it over the sink. Leave on for 10-15 minutes or until you feel the mask harden in place. Alternatively, you may apply inside the bathtub and soak in a warm, steamy bath for 15-20 minutes. Remove the mask with warm water and a clean wash cloth, using small circular motions until your skin takes a deep breath of fresh air.
Enjoy the smooth texture of your hydrated skin! Follow up with a gentle toner and favorite serum, if you desire. I've found that this mask really does all the things for my skin, so I like to allow it to air dry, or step outside while my face is still damp so that the fresh air can help seal in the natural moisturizers from all those beautiful pantry ingredients.
* Fresh aloe vera may be used instead of the aloe vera gel. I have an aloe vera plant at home that I scrape the gel from and combine with vitamins C & E and freeze into aloe cubes. Then, I defrost one cube at a time for homemade mask recipes like this one!
** This recipe makes enough for roughly two applications, so if you feel so inclined, apply to your neck, chest, and shoulders. Follow the instructions for soaking in a warm, steamy bath.