Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Magazine Challenge: Dill Face Wash

Stress causes my face to freak out like a  pubescent teenager, so when my Whole Living magazine came this weekend I was excited to see instructions for making an easy milk and dill face wash.  Goodness knows I need to erase some stress off my face, so I set my school books and laptop and phone aside this evening for a little face pampering.


Supposedly, milk and dill get rid of dead skin cells, and milk is a natural exfoliator.  Who knew?  Not me.

Here are the directions to DIY your own milk and dill face wash, taken from Whole Living, May 2012 with comments added by me.

You need:
  • 1 tsp pure aloe, from the plant or store bought.  (Beware what you buy at the store and look for a pure aloe product with no added alcohol.)
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped dill (No note on how chopped this should be, so my chunks were maybe too large.)
  • 1/2 cup milk (Does not specify what %, so I used the 2% I had on hand.)
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until smooth.  Message mixture on damp skin for a full minute and rinse with warm, then cold, water.  Pat dry.  Everyday wash.  Good for all skin types.  The end.


I followed the directions exactly and I got this runny concoction. 

I thought maybe the aloe was supposed to thicken the milk up, so I wonder if the directions called for too much milk.  Also, I wasn’t sure if the dill was supposed to just hang around in the milk & aloe soup like that.  So many questions that weren’t addressed, as the magazine didn’t show any pictures other than the beautiful display you see on the magazine page up there and incidentally helps exactly nada.

dillwash3Is it love or punishment that I’m showing you a close-up of my pimples and un-make-upped pores?

Ultimately, the best way to apply this to my face was to dip a cotton ball into the wash.  I’m guessing the dill was acting as a “scrub”, maybe?  I don’t know.  All it did was annoyingly stick to my face.

My verdict:  Aside from the confusion listed above and the messiness of applying the wash, my face felt smooth and soft when I was finished.  I usually need a moisturizer after cleansing, but I held off  to see how my skin would react.  It is now several hours later and my skin is still soft without adding moisturizer.  The recipe was enough for at least two washes, so I think I’ll try again with the leftovers tomorrow.

Also, one more note:  I received my subscription to Whole Living and Martha Stewart Living from Recyclebank for free.  At Recyclebank you do little tasks for points which you can cash in for various things.  You should check it out! 

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  1. My face is currently sunburned and I'm thinking that this wash would feel SO nice on it right now!

    Thanks for sharing your adventure :) (And I think your face looks fine!)

    1. I read up on the benefits of using milk, and I think it would really nice on sunburned skin. It wasn't drying at all. Plus, you would get the soothing benefit of the aloe. You could adjust the measurements to less milk, more aloe.

  2. I laughed through this whole I could hear your tone while doing this. I'm thinking the aloe and milk was probably enough without the dill. Seems I remember that milk is a good toner (read it in one of the hundreds of magazines somewhere over the years). I use the oil method for cleaning my face. It has truly helped keep my face in better balance and the wonderful adult acne at bay, without drying out my skin like the store bought products were doing. :)

    1. I really don't know what was the benefit of the dill the way they instructed it. It didn't sit in the mixture long enough to be absorbed, and more stuck to my fingers than my I don't know. Maybe grinding it first would be more beneficial? Or am I totally just making stuff up now? ;)

  3. Very interesting experiment. Recyclebank sounds great, although I can't participate, because I'm Canadian :( I loooove magazines. I am addicted.

    1. That's a bummer! I'm addicted to magazines, too. It's ridiculous. :)


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