5 Skincare Recipes That Give You a Natural Glow
By Jen Stiff
Spring is the season of renewal, with signs of change visible all around you. This is an opportunity to let go of the old to make way for the new. Perhaps your body and mind are ready to step outside into longer days and brighter sun, but don’t forget about giving your skin a fresh start, too. Now is the ideal time to give dull, dry winter skin a much-needed reboot, using ingredients nature gave you.
You can pay a lot of money for “natural” skincare products that are often filled with harsh chemicals, or you can make your own truly natural products with ingredients you probably have at home. The old adage, “Beauty comes from within” holds a great deal of truth. When your body is healthy, hydrated, and fueled by an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies, you can see this written all over your face (and hair, teeth, and nails). You glow, you shine, and you radiate vitality. So it makes perfect sense that the same healthy ingredients that keep your body running optimally can also work wonders on your skin.
These five recipes will gently slough away dry skin cells and renew your skin with a burst of hydration.
1. Gentle Oat Cleanser
You can purchase fine oat powder, but the rolled oats you have in your pantry will do the trick. Oats contain saponins, which act as a mild cleansing agent, and oat powder is an exfoliant that can brighten the skin. They are gentle enough to be used daily. Oats are also high in antioxidants to replenish tired skin.
- 1 teaspoon rolled oats (finely ground)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons water
Grind rolled oats in a food processor or blender.
Mix oat powder with cool water to form a milky paste.
Apply to skin and rinse with cool water.
2. Herbal Facial Steam
If you’ve ever had a facial, you know how the process begins—with steam. This opens pores for the next step in your skincare regimen, and it’s incredibly hydrating. You can use any herbs that you find appealing or that work well for your individual skincare needs. Lavender is a popular choice because of its calming effects and anti-inflammatory properties, rosemary can soften and rejuvenate skin, and rose petals and chamomile are said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and de-puff under-eye swelling. Alternatively, you can use a few drops of these herbs and flowers in essential oil form.
- 1/2 cup dried herbs (e.g., lavender flowers, rosemary, rose petals, chamomile)
- 2 cups filtered water
Boil water. Place herbs in a medium-size bowl. Pour boiling water over herbs, cover bowl with a small towel or lid, and let steep for two to three minutes.
Remove bowl covering, drape a towel over your head and shoulders, and hover your face a few inches above the bowl to steam. Stay for 10 minutes. Pat face dry.