April 15, 2014

{diy} colostrum, honey & lavender facial mask

DIY colostrum manuka honey and lavender facial mask by life in blush

Last year I became quite obsessed with making my own body scrubs (here, here and here) and lip balms (here, here and here), but totally ignored DIY creations for my face. I think it was due to laziness mixed with fear. My face can be quite volatile -ever ready to show me in an angry eruption of tiny zits or bumps that what I’m doing (or not doing) is pissing it off. So I’ve treaded oh so carefully, but this is the year you’ll find me experimenting as I research more and more ingredients.

One such ingredient I actually use in smoothies, or simply mix with spring water, is 6-hour colostrum from SurThrival, a company I really respect for the quality of products they produce and the educational material they provide. Colostrum is nature’s ‘first food’ and contains all essential amino acids, fatty acids and glyconutrients; it’s also supercharged with 97 immune factors and 87 growth factors that have been known to enhance rejuvenation and cell regeneration – or in another words leave your skin feeling smoooooth and luminous.

I first got the idea to use colostrum in a face mask after I saw a woman had used it to cure severe facial burns and thought this couldn’t be anything but glorious for my own face.

surthrival colostrum

After a couple of months of consist use I can say oh lawdy I was right. My skin seemed to absorb facial oils more readily, it felt like it was maintaining hydration and dry, reptilian-like patches became soft and smooth, and best of all when I looked in the mirror my face clearly had a healthy sheen to it.

colostrum, honey & lavender facial mask

  • 2-3 tsp colostrum
  • 1 tsp manuka honey
  • 1 drop of lavender
  • spring water

directions: mix the colostrum with just enough spring water (or whatever water you have on hand) to make a paste. Don’t worry if it’s a little clumpy, once you start spreading it on your face it’ll even out. Next add in the honey and stir until well combined. Finish it off with a drop of lavender and then apply to your cleansed face (I like to use Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn Oil or Province Apothecary Refreshing  Cleanser + Makeup Remover). Leave it on until it dries completely and then wash it off with warm water. Top off this luxe treatment by applying your favourite facial oil.

If you’re feeling lazy or simply in a rush mix the colostrum and water together and apply to your face. Or if you’re looking for a deeper cleanse switch out the honey for your favourite clay.

nerd moment: colostrum is not actually the same thing as milk so if you’re lactose intolerant you don’t need to shy away from it. Click here or here for articles about the benefits of colostrum, or click here for a fantastic presentation from Daniel Vitalis at the Longevity conference about colostrum and milk myths.

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Hello, Interesting! Do you know the origin of the colostrum you are using? 🙂

    • lifeinblush

      hey lady! it’s bovine…is that what you mean or the region/farm it comes from?

      • Mademoiselle nature

        exactly, that what I meant 🙂

  • environment11

    Oh, my! This sounds soooo tempting! Katie – GPJ

    • lifeinblush

      you should try it if you ever get the chance! gotta love the multi-purpose ingredient 😀