Seattle Beauty™ Tip: herbal infused anti-aging facial mask

Mix the lady’s mantle leaves 5 grams, vodka 1.0 ml, avocado oil 20 grams, oat flour 15 grams, burdock powder 10 grams.  Add water to bring the total mixture to100 grams. Pulverize the mixture with a blender to make a paste with a soft consistency.

In this recipe, the burdock extract can be replaced by a tincture of large Indian cress or an extract of watercress.  You can find all ingredients in  Asian grocery stores or online.  This recipe can be used as an anti-aging and soothing skin treatment mask.

Lady’s mantle leaves have been used since medieval times for tis medicinal properties. Packed with antioxidants (translating to skincare benefit: anti-aging), the herb is known as an anti-inflammatory agent (translating to skincare benefit: soothing skin), astringent (translating to skincare benefit: anti-acne), and wound healing agent (translating to skincare benefit: promoting micro capillary blood circulation and therefore nourishing the skin).

Oat has well-known and well-researched skincare benefits. Researchers have found that the phytochemicals and avenanthramides in oats reduced inflammation and scratching and therefore soothe the skin by reducing irritants. A 2010 review in the “Journal of Drugs in Dermatology” stated that oats are effective in treating psoriasis, dermatitis and rashes.

Burdock root is a common herb in Chinese medicine as well as a staple food in Chinese culture. For topical application (such as in this facial mask recipe), we are taking advantage of the significant levels of vitamin C and E in the herb’s, which act as antioxidants for anti-aging effect.

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