Honey & Cinnamon Face Mask

5 minute face mask, natural beauty, honey and cinnamon face mask

If you’re new to trying out natural skincare and don’t know where to start, this is a great place! This is a really easy, simple, natural remedy to try that’s inexpensive and great for your skin.

When I first ventured out into trying some more natural and holistic things in the beauty department, I came across many books and articles all about using honey. Honey is incredibly beneficial to consume but it’s also fantastic for so many other things! You can use honey to wash your face, heal a burn, to reduce spots, fight colds, and as a face mask in this case.

All you need for it are two ingredients: honey and cinnamon. Cinnamon is equally beneficial for you. Consuming it can help to control sugar cravings and helps with your circulation which is why it’s so great in this mask. The honey and cinnamon combined created a slight tingling across your face bringing warmth as your blood gets flowing! When you wash this mask off, your skin might be slightly red but that goes away after a few minutes. It’s just a sign that your skin has been warmed up by the spice.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to hold off on the cinnamon, but you can still use the honey as it can be very helpful and soothing to irritated skin.

For the mask:

1-2 teaspoons raw honey (local and organic is best- try and avoid those squeezy bottles from the grocery stores, they tend to be heavily processed)

Pinch of cinnamon

Directions: 

Mix the honey and cinnamon together in a small dish. Apply to your face with your fingers avoiding your eyes. Allow to sit for a minimum of 10 minutes before gently exfoliating the skin in circles and rinsing off with water. Pat dry and use your favourite oil or moisturizer.

Remember to start slowly with adding the cinnamon, you can always add more the next time and you’ll still get the benefits from this mask. When I first started using this, I only used a pinch of cinnamon because that was plenty for me! Now I use about ¼ teaspoon each time.

I love to make this mask a couple times a week and then just let it sit on my face while I take a warm bath. You can just relax and let it do its thing. Added bonus: it smells amazing!

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Jet Lag Remedies

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If you’ve ever travelled on a plane, to another country, or another time zone, you’ve likely experienced jet lag!

I’ve just been for a visit back home to Canada and got back to the UK this past week. When I head there, I can usually ease myself into adjusting much quicker. However coming back I always feel lethargic and constantly fighting sleep! I have a few things I like to do that make the transition a bit easier:

  1. I always stick to whatever time zone I’m currently in. If it’s daytime when I arrive, I stay up until nighttime and go to bed as I usually would. I never take any naps as I find this disrupts my sleeping and overall how I feel even more. Of course, trying to then get a good night’s sleep is always helpful as well!
  2. I don’t usually feel that hungry when I arrive somewhere so I try to stay hydrated with water and herbal tea and wait until breakfast the next day. Then I make sure to have a proper meal including something like a green smoothie with lots of veggies and nutrients and/or some eggs with avocado on the side.
  3. Instead of having a quick shower, I like to try and take a warm bath with Epsom salts and essential oils. The Epsom salts contain magnesium, which is great for your muscles (when you have been sitting in the same place for a long time) and helps you to sleep better. I choose an essential oil such as lavender, which is calming and relaxing for body and mind.
  4. Finally I like to do some yoga. Nothing too strenuous on the day of arriving, I keep it simple. A Sun Salutation or two, taking my time in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) stretching out my calves and legs. Viparita Karani (Legs Up Wall) is great for lightly stretching out hamstrings and for any lower back pain. Balasana (Childs Pose) is very grounding and relaxing before bed. I also personally like to add Pigeon Pose to relieve tension in the hips and thighs.

These are the main things I try to incorporate when travelling to avoid the symptoms that tend to arise from jet lag. They help to make the whole transition a bit smoother when settling into your destination!

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And do yoga. If only this was everyday life! Maybe one day…

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