When my kids were little, one of our favorite Christmas activities was baking and building gingerbread houses.
I loved the way the house smelled...spicy and festive!
The kids loved eating extra candy as they built their houses...
...And we all looked forward to huge family snowball fights to burn off their extra energy.
These days, gingerbread houses aren’t as high on my kids’ to-do lists...this year they’re more focused on friends and college applications than gingerbread houses and letters to Santa.
I’m a little sad to see them growing out of old holiday traditions, but it’s fun to make new ones as they grow...things we’ll enjoy as a family for years to come.
Like the more “grown up” gingerbread-themed treat my daughter and I came up with...a homemade gingerbread face mask that left both of our faces refreshed and glowing.
We tried it just this past weekend… And we loved it so much, we decided we would make it part of our “getting ready” routine before our family Christmas parties every year from now on!
It was a great chance to indulge in some mother-daughter bonding...a great new tradition to start...and it made us both glow.
That’s why I want to share this mask recipe with you today... so you can try it too!
It’s fantastic for evening out skin tone, reducing redness and blemishes, and restoring moisture to your skin, making it effective (and yummy!) for combatting harsh winter weather.
And it’s simple to make...here’s how:
- 1 Tablespoon blackstrap molasses - (to reduce redness and provide gentle exfoliation)
- ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger OR ¾ teaspoon dried ginger - (to even skin tone, reduce blemishes, and make skin radiant)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon - (to fight effects of photoaging, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help skin retain moisture)
- 1) Combine all ingredients in a small bowl to make a thick paste. If mixture feels too thick to spread on skin, thin with water, a drop or two at a time.
- 2) DO A PATCH TEST: While safe for almost all people, this mask can irritate the most sensitive skin, so apply to an inconspicuous area (I used the inside of my wrist) and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
- 3) If patch test goes well, apply to face, avoiding the area surrounding your eyes and eyebrows. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- 4) Rinse mask off with warm (but not hot) water and gently pat dry. If you find your face sticky from the molasses, use a mild soap to remove any residue.
- 5) To really help maximize the mask’s effectiveness and to achieve amazing results with it, I like to follow up with Beverly Hills MD Lift + Firm Sculpting Cream - (Beverly Hills MD Lift + Firm is my favorite anti-aging cream of all time) ... You can read one of my colleagues review on it here
I suggest using this mask about once a week during the cold, dry winter months.
It’s a great way to give your skin a break...and a treat!
I love that this mask works well for people of all ages... my daughter’s skin is super-clear and mine has never felt this moisturized in the winter…
...but the best part of all was spending time chatting and laughing with my daughter. It’s a memory I’ll treasure for years to come.