That pic above is the closest up pic of me I could find that involves no make-up. This past Friday evening, following a raw food event at a local yoga studio, I headed down Queen Street to The Rivoli to meet a friend from high school who was in town for the weekend. For those of you not in Toronto, The Rivoli is mostly restaurant, part bar, has an upstairs pool lounge, and a back venue for concerts and shows. The bottom line is that it is not a bar bar- where the only thing I might be doing there is drinking my face off.
Anyway, I locked up my bicycle and was taking my helmet off as I walked in and was stopped by the bouncer and asked for ID. I smiled, asked "really??? You just made my night". The kid looked at my ID, laughed and goes- "Whoa- you're almost old enough to be my mom". I was hysterically laughing and doing that snorty hiccup thing that I've ben told sounds like dolphins being attacked.
I though it funny that I left a raw food event and at 31 years-old was carded at a bar I used to sneak in to 15 years earlier.
There are good reasons for my looking so youthful. Part is genetic for sure. You know my mom, right? One part is that I have chubby cheeks and am about 5 feet tall. The rest is lifestyle.
Have you ever thought for a moment that all that make-up, and creams and soaps and sunscreen we put on our face to look younger, actually ages us the most! That crappola is toxic! Avoiding fat in our diet makes us wrinkly and saggy- but then we suck back the booze to really dry out our bods (and other precious bits too- wink, wink).
One of the things I NEVER DO is wear makeup. I am often told- but Meghan, you have such beautiful skin, you don't need makeup.
What came first? The beautiful skin or the not wearing make-up. Maybe they go together? That make-up they put on me for the Marilyn Denis Show made me look like a 65 year old rum swinging wrinkle-puss.
Now, not everyone is ready to go totally nude in the face straight up. I get it. So I wanted to offer you one of my most favourite edible home spa recipes. This one is not included in the Natural Body Care Tutorial. The thing is, you can make these amazing face mask recipes up all on your own too- if you just think about the foods that are good for our insides.
For example- the vitamin/mineral combo that is great for promoting wound healing is vitamin A, C, E and Zinc. Loaded with all those antioxidants and tissue healing factors. So it would make sense then that mixing up foods that are high in those compounds would therefore be great for healing up external blemishes and what not.
Foods that are high in anti-microbials like raw honey, coconut oil and aloe- that help kill infection and boost immune function inside, would therefore be fantastically awesome topical treatments for scrapes, cuts, burns or wounds, right? It sounds so simple doesn't it.
I developed this recipe that could be used as both a moisturizing face mask and the very best cupcake frosting ever. I did by having a gander at my smoothie making station. With all this weird weather, so much teaching and way too much time out of natural beaming sunlight, my skin needed a boost.
Coconut Oil: For the antimicrobial, anti-bacterial and deep moisturizing goodness
Raw Honey: for all the active enzymes, anti-microbials, B-vitamins and plain old sweetness
Raw Cacao: for the amazing concentration of antioxidants
Matcha Tea: again- more anti-oxidant, anti-aging power
Lavendar Essential Oil(food grade!): For the soothing, relaxing, aromatherapuetic qualities
And that my lovers is how I made the most amazingly nourishing, moisturizing and healing face mask. Added bonus is that due to the chocolate, after I wiped my face clean, I had the sweetest little brownish glow as if I had been out in the sun for a couple hours. Perfect! Remember- if you want the goods from any facial application to be absorbed, you need a good quality fat. That will act as the transporter to get the fat soluble volatile compounds into the skin. That also means that this oil best be edible because it is getting into the skin!
Meghan's Super Anti-Aging Antioxidant Moisturizing Face Mask
(enough for 2-3 treatments)
1 Tbs Coconut Oil
1 Tbs Raw Honey
1 Tbs Cacao Powder
1/8 tsp matcha
2 drops lavendar
1 tsp buffered vitamin C powder (optional)
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly
- Taking small amounts at a time, massage into face.
- Continue to massage all areas of face and neck for 5-10 minutes (this is a good one to do with a friend!)
- Let sit for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Wipe face clean using smooth cotton cloth. Unless your face still feels really sticky, avoid washing it for as long as you can- if you do feel really sticky, use a little jajoba or coconut oil on a cloth to wipe clean.
Note: This mask will get liquidy as the coconut oil will melt when it hits your skin. If you want a thicker mask, replace coconut oil for avocado or ground oats.
Question Of The Day: What are your best tips for looking and feeling young and fresh?