Dry Skin? Ghee Is the Face Mask You Never Knew You Needed

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In the middle of a holistic, natural, food-grade facial, something pulled me out of my relaxed, heady state. I tried to keep my head still as I sniffed the air…was the aesthetician massaging my face with…ghee?

Yes. Yes she was.

For the uninitiated, ghee is a form of clarified butter. It’s been used in Ayurvedic dishes and self-care practices (I snort some every morning) for hundreds of years. “Clarified butter” may sound unhealthy at first, but that’s actually not the case at all–ghee is full of Omega 3, 6, and 9 and Vitamins A, D, E and K (all the healthy fats!). And since toxins and fats share a similar structure, it’s been found that toxins in our body actually mix with ghee for easier elimination. Ghee is also lactose-, casein-, and gluten-free, thanks to the clarification process. It’s basically magic (which would explain the nickname “golden nectar”).

So, yeah, I knew ghee was great for cooking and snorting, but my foodie facial confirmed that it’s also great for the face.

The skincare benefits of ghee come down to its high concentration of fatty acids. Fatty acids increase hydration, lock in moisture, and slow the signs of aging. Masking with ghee is mostly recommended for those with dry skin, eczema, rosacea, or dermatitis, but I think anyone can benefit from this practice. Personally, masking with ghee once a week has transformed my chronically dry, flaky face.

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GHEE AS A MOISTURIZING MASK

  1. Take a tablespoon of ghee

  2. Slather it on clean, dry skin

  3. Wait 15 minutes

  4. Wipe off the excess with a cleansing cloth or wash cloth

  5. Splash your face with cool water about 10x to wash away the rest

  6. Let your newly moisturized skin breathe for a bit before adding serums/moisturizers/oils/etc

GHEE AS A GLOW-INDUCING MASK

  1. Mix a tablespoon of ghee with a tablespoon of Manuka honey

  2. Add a few drops of milk (optional) and mix until it has a paste-like texture

  3. Apply to clean, dry skin

  4. Wait 15 minutes

  5. Rinse off with cool water

GHEE AS A MAKEUP REMOVER

  1. Take a small scoop of ghee

  2. Massage onto your face

  3. Wipe off the excess with a cleansing cloth

  4. Follow with your usual cleanser

GHEE AS A DARK CIRCLE ERASER

  1. After your nightly skincare routine, take a fingertip of ghee

  2. Smooth it under your eyes

  3. Wake up bright-eyed!

GHEE AS A FACIAL MASSAGE OIL

  1. Mix a tablespoon of ghee with a tablespoon of water

  2. Massage onto clean, dry skin for 5 - 10 minutes

  3. Follow the pattern of a lymphatic drainage facial massage to release toxins

  4. Rinse off with cool water

Heads up: ghee’s texture is thick, creamy, oily, and melty and it has an oddly mouth-watering scent, kind of warm and nutty. It feels wrong to slather it on your face at first. But if you can get over the feeling that you’ve just greased your skin with a stick of butter, you’ll realize that it’s so, so right.

BODY, SKINJessica DeFinoComment