In honor of that delicious, super fresh feeling that only this season can bring, I want to show you how to make some amazing spring skin care products straight from your garden–it doesn’t get more fresh than that!
Spring Skin Care: Strawberry Rhubarb Cleansing Milk
This skin strengthening and renewing cleanser is good for both your face and body. It smells divine, and gently rids your skin of the winter uglies. The rhubarb contains vitamin C and lutein; a wonderful carotenoid that fights cellular damage caused by free radicals. The strengthening ingredient found in rhubarb is silica which also assists in water retention for better hydration.
Strawberries are brilliant for use in skin care products, as the vitamin C works efficiently to facilitate collagen production, making our skin look firmer. Strawberries are also full of salicylic acid which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells.
You will need:
1 cup of trimmed, and boiled rhubarb (cooled)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup dry milk
1 cup liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
In a food processor or blender, puree the rhubarb and strawberries until smooth.
In a mixing bowl, mix the dry milk with the liquid soap until well incorporated. Add the rhubarb/berry mixture to the wet ingredients, and mix well.
Pour into a clean bottle, or other container. Keep refrigerated, and use within 4 days.
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Spring Skin Care: Rosemary & Rainier Cherry Body Scrub
Who doesn’t love the way their skin feels after a good body scrub? This heavenly sugar-based scrub will remove all the barnacles of the winter, while removing pent up toxins, and cellular waste.
Rosemary is known for it’s disinfectant and antibiotic properties, as well as it’s affect on blood circulation. Increased blood flow makes your skin look great because it removes the waste, and delivers nutrients.
The cherries in this scrub are an antioxidant powerhouse–on the same level as blueberries! The antioxidants protect your skin, and help to reduce any inflammation, or edema (swelling) that we might be experiencing–like at the ankles.
Here’s how to make it:
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup grape seed oil
1 cup bruised rosemary
1 cup rainier cherries (the yellow & red ones)
Over low heat, sauté the rosemary in the oil for 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat and remove the rosemary stems from the oil. Pour into a medium sized bowl, and set aside.
Meanwhile pit the cherries, and boil until the are soft.
Remove from water, dry off, and mince the cherries.
Once cooled completely, mix the cherries and sugar into the oil. Pour into a jar, and plan on using within 3-4 days.
Apply to wet or dry skin, and move in small circular movements. Rinse completely. Use extra caution in the shower or tub, as the oil will make things slippery.
Note: Do NOT use bing cherries, or any red cherry–it will stain your skin (not a good look).
Spring Skin Care: Sweet Pea & Honey Facial Masque with Mint
This mask is so good…so gorgeous…and so fresh, I had to make a video to show you!
Spring Skin Care: Basil & Mint Body Oil
This body oil saved my winter-ravaged skin from the brink of leathering. I am not sure why my skin was so dry this year, but I am guessing that hormonal aging had something to do with it.
To combat it, I made a simple oil infusion using mint for its exfoliating properties, and basil for it’s antibacterial components.
Here is how to make it:
1 cup grape seed oil
1 cup fresh basil, bruised
1 cup fresh mint, bruised and rough chopped
Place all ingredients in a heavy bottomed pot, and simmer over lowest heat for 30-40 minutes. Strain oil through a sieve, or wet cheese cloth into a clean jar.
Once it is completely cooled down, apply to skin while still damp from bathing.
Tell me what you like grow in your garden in the comments below, and I’ll try to supply you with a skin care recipe for it.
Jackie Bernardi is a highly sought after skin care consultant and licensed Esthetician with a specialty in medical esthetics. She has created programs that are designed to provide a complete and thorough understanding of each individual’s very specific skin care needs so that they can obtain exceptional results. Her passion is helping women everywhere achieve health, beauty, and confidence through their skin.
When not working individually with her clients, she can be found presiding over her company OC Skin Solutions LLC, guest blogging, speaking at events and training other beauty professionals. Jackie lives in Newport Beach, California.