In this episode of #SKINbyILERA , we go through Face Steaming using dried herbs, oil pulling using ILERA Apothecary Coconut Oil, and a brightening mask using 3 simple ingredients.
Step 1: Add herbs to hot (not boiling) water, allow to steep for 5 mins. When ready, hover your face above the bowl and drop a towel over to prevent steam from rapidly escaping. Hover for 15 mins
Step 2: Using a spoon, add 1-2 tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil to your mouth. Swoosh oil in your mouth for 15 minutes.
Step 3. Mix together aloe vera gel, lemon, and turmeric for a light-weight brightening mask.
Step 4: Moisturize your skin and apply sunscreen.
Ingredients used and their benefits
Cinnamon has antibiotic properties that protect the skin from acne, rashes, infections, and other skin problems, it also helps in collagen formation which makes the skin look younger and improves blood circulation which indirectly improves oxygen in the blood and makes skin look great.
Hibiscus called the "Botox" of the plant world. Increases skin elasticity to give a stunning natural youth-boost. With the incredible ability to inhibit the activity off the enzyme, Hibiscus actively controls the aging process by firming and lifting your skin.
White Sage Free radicals can break down cells in the collagen layer beneath your skin, accelerating the formation of wrinkles. The antioxidants in sage increase circulation in the skin and assist in cell turnover, acting as a natural exfoliant. This protects your skin from damage and can prevent premature wrinkles.
Lavender has anti-fungal properties and reduces inflammation, it can help keep eczema at bay.
Rosemary The anti-microbial, anti-septic, astringent, anti-oxidant, and tonic properties make it a beneficial additive in skincare products that are meant to hydrate and balance dry or oily skin, eczema, inflammation, and acne
Lemongrass As the herb is packed with vitamins A and C, it works hard to keep your skin and hair glossy. However, beyond that, it also has astringent properties which help to minimize your pores as well as keep your oil levels balanced – cutting back on those pesky pimples
Marjoram is a medicinal plant with various proven pharmacological properties, including antioxidant, antibacterial, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, and anti-fungal activities
Coconut Oil pulling is an effective way to whiten teeth and remove bacteria. Some advocates online suggest it can treat tooth decay, kill bad breath, heal bleeding gums, prevent cavities and even prevent heart disease
Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne, and dry skin. When it comes to acne, Aloe Vera works best on superficial surface acne rather than cystic or deeper acne
Lemon contains vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C does a great job at evening out pigmentation without too much irritation and could help increase collagen in your skin as well. It's also an antioxidant that counteracts free radicals, making it good at protecting your skin from the sun.
Turmeric helps reduce acne and any resulting scars. The anti-inflammatory qualities can target your pores and calm the skin. Turmeric is also known to reduce scarring. This combination of uses may help your face clear up from acne breakouts.
For more information on ingredients used at ILERA Apothecary, please visit our ingredients page.