Facials Are Getting a New Look


While the Edgar Cayce readings never actually

recommend makeup by itself, they do offer a

refreshing approach to beautiful skin, hair, nails,

feet, and hands. Healthy skin is really the result of a

chain reaction, arising not only from the cleanliness

and health of the body itself, but also from the

outpourings of the mind-with both aspects working

harmoniously in sync, a balancing of internal as

well as external beauty. Ideally the foundation for

cosmetics would be a clean, healthy skin, rather than

their being used simply as a camouflage for flawed

skin. Proper nutrition, exercise in the fresh air, and a

positive emotional attitude are all requirements for

healthy skin in addition to a good outer cleansing.

Facials are one way of achieving a proper external


Also called mud packs or masks, facials are

suggested in the readings for a variety of conditions:

dermatitis, acne, blackheads, poor complexion,

sagging facial muscles, or-as one woman, thirty-one

years old, was told-“…once a month, for the very

pleasure of it, we would have the mud pack.” (1968-

7) Usually astringent in nature (meaning “having

a tightening or drawing effect”), they also provide

a stimulation to the superficial skin layer, resulting

in increased circulation and hence more oxygen

and nutrients brought to the skin surface. A slightly reddish color or a “peachy” glow

on the face indicates the cleansing

action of the treatment.

The type of mud pack referred

to most often was Boncilla, whose

main preparation ingredient is a

special type of clay mentioned

in one reading as being “more

preferable…that is more of the

nature of chalk in same.” (1709-

5) According to the Edgar Cayce

Encyclopedia of Healing by Reba

Ann Karp, the clay was known

as Fuller’s Earth Somerset and

was available only in a particular

section of England, but the supply

has now been exhausted. Yet

several packs on the market today

contain French green clay or

bentonite as a main ingredient and

these might be effective substitutes.


No specific routine is outlined in

the readings. Basically, following

the instructions on the container,

the clay is dampened, applied to

the face and neck, then allowed

to dry, and fi nally removed. One

twenty-nine-year-old woman

who complained of facial bumps

and pimples was told: “…about

twice a month, throughout the

whole period, we would have the

Mud Packs; face and neck, and

across the shoulders, and upper

portion about the neck; especially

extending over the area of the

thyroids-as an astringent and as a

stimulation for a better circulation

throughout the system.” (1968-3)

Often when one receives facials in

beauty salons, the mask is applied

only from the jaw line upward and

doesn’t extend beyond the chin and

face, contrary to what this reading

suggests. So you can begin your

mask at the sternal notch and with

light upward strokes distribute it to

the neck and face areas.

Aubrey Organics, a leading

all-natural cosmetics line,

recommends steaming and

cleansing the face beforehand,

then massaging with oil, followed

by application of the mud mask.

When the mask is dry (after about

ten minutes), remove with wet

towels, apply an astringent (such

as witch hazel) and a toner (such as

rosewater), then use your favorite

moisturizer. End with a mineral

water herbal mist to hydrate the

skin. How frequent? Once or twice

a month, state the readings.

One young woman, twenty years

old and suffering from acne, was

warned that while the mud packs

would be beneficial, they would at

fi rst “apparently give a great deal

of disturbance, but after that the

reaction will be much better.” Not

only would the packs improve “the

whole of the complexion [but also]

the general health of the body.”

(1709-4) Excessive redness of the

skin or an outbreak of blemishes

may result from a facial, probably

due to a person’s excessive

toxicity. However, as the reading

promised, future applications

would give better reactions.

An additional touch: While your

mask is drying, have someone

massage your feet. This gives

a nice polarity to the whole


More Than Skin Deep

Extensive use of cosmetics

demonstrates our concern for

physical appearances and the

measures we attempt to keep our

skin in good condition. Mirroring

a holistic approach, the readings

indicate that a large percentage

of skin problems result from

circulatory disturbances, which are often caused by improper

glandular functioning, poor

assimilations and eliminations,

and spinal misalignments.

Cosmetics, however, do play a

role, as one reading described:

“Don’t depend upon cosmetics

to clear or purify the skin. The

cosmetics should be rather as

an aid to keeping the superficial

circulation in portions of the

face and hands in bettered

conditions.” (5271-1)

One final thought: “(Q)

How can people avoid aging in

appearance? (A) The mind!”


Enough said!