Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tone, Tighten, & Brighten Your Complexion With White Willow Bark!


Herbs, natural oils and Aloe Vera have pretty much replaced all of the commercial products in my arsenal of skin care products. They are easier on my skin [no more peeling and redness], easier on my pocketbook, and much more effective. With the right combination of ingredients, you can have four-star spa quality facial treatments at home several times a week. Here are a few of my favorite White Willow Bark treatments that are formulated to help brighten those dark areas, firm up the sensitive areas around the eyes, and tone your skin which results in an even; smooth complexion. 

White Willow Bark is an excellent additive for those with extremely oily skin, and those that have issues with acne, blackheads, whiteheads and inflamed skin. White Willow Bark contains high amounts of Salicin, which is the mother of Salicylic Acid [Salicylic Acid is derived from Salicin, and is used in most skin care products formulated to eliminate acne].  

White Willow Bark Facial
4 ounces of distilled water
1 tablespoon of White Willow Bark 
1 teaspoon of Kaolin Clay
1/2 teaspoon of honey 

To prepare treatment: 
Bring water to a boil; add herbs, then remove from heat. Allow herbal infusion to steep for about 10 minutes. Cool. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Add Kaolin clay and honey to strained mixture, and mix well.

Instructions for use:
Massage entire amount into the skin and neck area. Allow to sit for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Use once weekly for acne prone skin; use bi-weekly as a preventative treatment for normal-combination skin. This facial can be used to clear up body acne as well. 

About this formulation:  
  • White Willow Bark: Acts as a powerful antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent clearing acne, imperfections and dark spots. 
  • Red Kaolin Clay: Kaolin Clay helps control oily skin, and the sulfur found in Kaolin Clay helps eliminate acne.<--Don't use Red Kaolin Clay if you have sensitive skin, use White or Rose Kaolin instead. 
  • Raw Honey: Raw Honey doubles as a uber-moisturizer-extraordinaire and anti-bacterial additive that is very beneficial to your skin!
      White Willow Bark Toner
      1 Tablespoon White Willow Bark
      4 ounces of distilled water
      1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera Juice/Gel

      To prepare toner:                                                                                                                                       
      Bring water to a boil; add herbs, then remove from heat. Allow herbal infusion to steep for about 10 minutes. Cool. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Add Aloe Juice {or gel} to the strained liquid. Pour into clean, spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
      ** You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of White Willow Bark extract to your shampoo for those with dandruff, or psoriasis. You can even add 1/4 teaspoon of the extract to your favorite bottle of liquid body wash to combat body acne! 
      Where do I find these ingredients?                                                                                                          

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      1. Never heard of Willow bark but im sure it's something to give a try. Will definitely keep this in mind at my herb store.

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      2. this will be a true $ saver for me! I am forever on the hunt for face products that are effective but they always wind up costing big bucks. The last time I used a product with Salicylic Acid in it, my face broke out in tiny white bumps! I do not consider myself to have sensitive skin nor to be acne prone but I have super oily skin. Have you ever had this experience? I'm thinking I should try again and allow my face to "adapt" to the new product. Thanks for this info ;)

      3. Nice, I really want to try this! Hey MTM, are there any books you would recommend on natural skin remedies? Thanks in advance!

      4. u rock for this I'm trying it this month my skin needs it

      5. I love doing at home facials and skin treatments, I'll def be trying this!

      6. Can you make any of these solutions down?

      7. If you were to add White Willow Bark to your liquid soap what would be the ratio? 1/4 a teaspoon to how many ounces of liquid soap?


      8. I may have to try this out. I've never heard of White Willow Bark either. I get bad dandruff every now and then so I may try it on my hair first. Thanks!

      9. This is very helpful, thanks hun :)
        I'm LOVING this blog already!

        Stay gorgeous!

      10. I'm definitely going to try these! I really want to get into using natural skin care products, and what better way to do it than to create your own.

        Thanks for the post ;-)

      11. Is the White Willow Bark Powdered Extract on the same as White Willow Bark Powder on Can they be used in the same way....added to body wash to even out skin tone....and does that even work the promoting of an even skin tone by just adding the willow bark extract to liquid soap because that's something I'm really interested in.

      12. I purchased the ingredients to the facial and toner and I must say my skin feels great! I'm excited to see if my brown spots will lighten up.

      13. What kind of consistency will be the mixture for the facial be

      14. where do you find all these ingredients?


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