As we welcome the new season it’s important to take extra care of your skin. If you’re anything like me, by the end of summer your skin is feeling slightly rough and dry. This is completely normal, the long days of running wild in the sun are super harsh on your sun kissed skin. Right now your body is covered in dead skin cells. They not only make your skin look dull but they create a barrier that stop moisturisers from fully absorbing into your skin. What’s the best way to get rid of these dead cells? Exfoliation!
We have two perfect recipes to prep your skin for the colder months ahead, and the best part? You probably have all of the ingredients right in your kitchen! We've been using these recipes for a few years now and we have seen a major improvement in our skins health and overall appearance so we really hope you like them as much as we do!
The face mask has a few key ingredients that work exceptionally well at restoring your skin’s natural glow. All three main spices are anti-septic and anti-inflammatory powerhouses, fighting blemishes, pimples and revitalizing dull looking skin. Chickpea flour is a super gentle exfoliator but a deep cleanser and a staple in Ayurvedic skin care due to it's detoxifying powers. The lactic acid in yogurt is great at fighting off those dead skin cells and combined with honey, a natural emollient and humectant, it will deeply hydrate and soothe your skin. It's so good you can eat it!
1/2 teaspoon Chickpea Flour
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Honey
1 teaspoon Yogurt
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a pot.
- Wash your face with a mild soap.
- Steam your face by filling a bowl with boiling water and placing your face over the bowl with a towl covering your head. Do this for a few minutes. While you do this inhale deeply the vapor from the hot water as it works great at decongesting your nose.
- Apply a generous layer of the mask all over your face, except for the eyes and the mouth. Leave from 5-15 minutes, until it feels dry to the touch.
- Splash your face with water to soften the mask and remove it by massaging your face, in circular motions. Pay special attention to trouble areas like your chin and cheeks. You can use the help of a washcloth to completely wash off any mask residue and further exfoliate.
- Pat yourself dry, spray some toner on your face and follow with a gentle moisturiser. I personally like to lightly spray my face with rose water follow with a light face oil like Almond.
The body scrub has ultra moisturizing ingredients like olive oil and honey, with an exfoliating agent that is gentle enough for sensitive skin types like me, sugar. The coffee grounds is an added soft scrub that revitalizes skin and fights aging while the oatmeal flour is great for sensitive skin and a great anti-oxidant.
4 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 heaping tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 heaping tablespoon Ground Coffee
1 heaping tablespoon Oatmeal
1 tablespoon Honey
4 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil (optional)
- Roughly grind oatmeal in a blender or a coffee grinder.
- Mix all ingredients in a pot.
- Take your regular shower and wash your whole body with a mild soap.
- Apply the scrub in circular motions all over your body. Pay special attention to trouble areas, like your legs but be gentle on your stomach. Avoid sensitive areas, like your breasts, all together. Remain in the shower for this whole step.
- Remove the scrub with water, pat yourself dry and follow with a good moisturizer. We suggest our beautiful, deeply nourishing Body Butter.
These scrubs are gentle enough to be used regularly, once a week is ideal. This will really help keep that dry skin at bay and keep your skin soft and protected all throughout the colder, harsher months. Find time to really take care of yourself and your body. Setting time aside, daily or even weekly for your own little rituals if key for a balanced and healthy you.