Good morning, friends…
I love a good Saturday — lounging in bed with my coffee, reading, perusing fall beach vacation rentals — all with my favorite mask on my face. Life is slowly getting back to “normal” for me post-surgery, and all of the normal things are all the more beautiful to me now – just because they are, and just because I am here. I read somewhere yesterday (and I cannot remember where I read it, ugh!) that when your life is turned upside down, how do you know that is not right-side up? A face mask on a Saturday is one of those simple and abundant luxuries to me … it just makes me slow down and relax while pampering myself; being still while trying to figure out which end is up – ha!
So, enjoy your Saturday, and take a few moments to be still and love on yourself. If you don’t have a face mask on hand, try this recipe from NYR’s book, Natural Beauty:
Reviving Tomato Mask
Give your skin a reviving boost with this vitamin-rich mask. Tomatoes are great for the skin as they have cooling and astringent properties and are rich in skin-brightening Vitamin C. Olive oil is commonly used in skin-care preparation because it is skin softening and nourishing. It is also rich in oleic acid and is great for moisturizing dry skin.
One medium-sized tomato
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp olive oil
1. Hold the tomato steady and use a sharp knife to score an “X” through the skin at the base. Immerse completely into boiling water for about 20 seconds, or until the skin splits.
2. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the tomato from the water and immediately plunge it into a bowl of ice water to cool it.
3. When the tomato is cool enough to handle, use a pairing knife to peel off the skin, starting at the base where the “X” was made.
4. Mash the tomato with a fork in a bowl and strain the seeds using a sieve.
5. Add the cornstarch to make a paste. Pour the oil into the paste, and mix well. The paste should be thick enough to spread or brunch evenly. Use immediately.
How to apply: Apply the mask to freshly cleansed skin with the fingertips. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and remove with warm water. Pat skin dry with a clean towel.
Let me know what you think! Between our suffering garden and my CSA, we have tomatoes coming out of our ears. I’ll definitely be trying this one in the next couple of days.