Happy Canada Day from Oleum Vera!!!
Today, we’re celebrating all things Canadian. But as a recent arrival from Ireland, I’d like to highlight maple syrup.
Maybe it’s slightly stereotypical, but I always put maple syrup and Canada together. However, this association isn’t without reason. Canada currently produces 85% of the world’s maple syrup – that equates to 900 million litres of sap every year.
But did you know this pancake topper can also boost your homemade beauty recipes? In fact, a University of Rhode Island study found that pure maple syrup from Quebec contained some 54 beneficial compounds, including vitamins A and B, large numbers of antioxidants as well as anti-bacterial properties. Maple syrup is also a key ingredient in numerous spa treatments and skin care products.
Like raw honey, maple syrup is full of powerful antioxidants, which can help to fight wrinkles, reduce dryness and promote healthy, vibrant skin.
I was curious to see what DIY self-care products I could make with it, and I was rather impressed with the results! Plus, it’s easy with an Oleum Vera Organic Face Cleansing Kit or DIY Organic Face Mask Kit. Here is a simple DIY face mask to try yourself
DIY Face Mask with Maple Syrup and Oats
1 tbs pure maple syrup
3 tbs finely ground oats
- 3 tbs milk
10-15 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Heat the milk gently in a bain-marie or microwave until warm but not hot. Combine all ingredients. Allow to cool slightly.
- To apply, spread the mask over your face and leave to sit for around 15 to 20 minutes. Remove with warm water and a soft washcloth.
Cow’s milk contains lactic acid, which can act as a gentle exfoliator. Removing dead skin cells helps the nutrients in maple syrup hydrate and moisturize the skin.
Ground oats are highly absorbent and hypoallergenic, and help to soften the skin. The gently exfoliating grains can also be used to soothe skin conditions like eczema.
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil from Oleum Vera possesses notable antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that calm irritated skin.
The Verdict: Admittedly, it felt a bit weird spreading maple syrup over my face instead of over some waffles! However, the results were pretty impressive. My skin felt soft, smooth and glowing – I imagine the nutrients in maple syrup helped with that.
Meanwhile, the oats targeted dry patches on my cheeks, leaving them far more moisturized. Plus, my skin felt much calmer after using the Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil – and its beautiful scent made all the difference!