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Saving Face: Conditioning Mask

Herbal facials for winter-weary skin.
By Kathlyn Quatrochi
February/March 1996
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Calendula, rose and lavender—ingredients that have been used for beautiful complexions for hundreds of years— provide excellent conditioning for all skin types.


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Makes 1 treatment
This mask is a good treatment for all skin types. Lavender is antibacterial, and calendula softens and heals. Use it no more than twice a week.

  • 2 tablespoons margarine (don’t substitute butter)
  • 6 dried rose petals
  • ½ teaspoon dried lavender
  • ½ teaspoon dried calendula petals
  1. Melt the margarine in a heatproof glass bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Allow to stand 10 minutes. Stir again.
  2.  Apply the mask to a clean face and leave it on 5 minutes. Remove with a warm, wet washcloth. Follow with a toner and moisturizer.

Kathlyn Quatrochi has a doctorate in naturopathy. She and her husband own St. Anley Inn, a bed-and-breakfast surrounded by herb gardens in Oak Glen, California. Kathlyn teaches herbal skin care, maintains a skin treatment practice, and makes Beauty Garden Skin Care Products.

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