A Cucumber, Aloe and Parsley Mask To Soothe Skin & Reduce Redness

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This is an amazingly refreshing face mask that’s great for the summer and those times we accidentally overdo it in the sun. It works beautifully for all skin types and is especially effective for Pitta (fire element skin types: those with reddish undertones or prone to breakouts and inflammation). Keep some in the fridge to get the most out of its cooling effects.

Want to know why each of these ingredients is so good for your skin?

Cucumbers are mostly water but they contain natural acids (ascorbic and caffeic) that help to soothe skin and reduce swelling (there’s a reason cucumber slices are placed over the eyes at the spa!). They also have the exact same ph balance as skin so they’re perfect for helping to balance any skin type.

Aloe is extraordinarily effective at healing all sorts of skin woes, from eczema to sunburn to acne. It contains betacarotene, Vitamins C and E, salicylic acid, amino acids … it’s just great. I definitely recommend using fresh aloe, but if you’re using store-bought aloe, make sure to read the ingredients: aloe vera gel will often contain alcohol which will dry the skin.

Parsley helps to balance oil production. It’s naturally anti-inflammatory, works great as a skin brightener and is high in a wide range of vitamins and minerals (betacarotene, zinc, calcium, potassium and so much more) that help to keep skin looking its most radiant.

Soothing Cucumber, Aloe + Parsley Mask

Ingredients

  • 2-3 inches of fresh cucumber (wash it, but there’s no need to peel)
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera (preferably fresh)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth. Apply to the face, avoiding eyes. Leave on for 10-15 minutes then remove with a cool washcloth. Follow with a soothing toner and moisturizer.

Source: www.mindbodygree.com

2015-11-12T17:57:36+00:00

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    Q: Thanks for all of the information which is very beneficial I must say. My question to you is what's the best type of aloe vera juice to drink? Also I have heard that the gel from the plant can be mixed into a smoothie, is that true? Greetings! As far as the best brand I really wouldn't know as there are a few good brands on the market. Just make sure your aloe vera juice is at 99% pure and with no additives. Aloe gel can be added to a fruit smoothie though

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    I personally wouldn't add it to a fruit smoothie.

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    Please read our "PRE-NATAL HEALTH" article for the answers you desire! This is a common inquiry for us so we created an article on the subject matter.

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    Great to hear! You tested negative. The energetic residual effect of the outbreaks are still there. Doesn't mean you have herpes though! Healing is not over with because of some test! You still have healing to do on the emotional energetic level. You are 100% correct about your body eliminating toxins Beloved! Because, the occurrences are on the vagina, you may need to address some past sexual issue or issues dealing with your Goddessness.

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