Perfect-for-Spring -Homemade Skin Care Recipes
Cold weather is good for some things like skiing, snowmen and the occasional hot toddy consumption, but for your skin, it’s torture. That’s why, by the time spring comes around, your dry, cracked skin is fed up and ready for a little taste of spring time weather.
Good ol’ mother nature reminds us every spring that with her help, your natural skin care routine can be easy, cheap and effective, too. When shopping for DIY skin care recipes, it’s always best to shop for recipes based on what’s in season — the ingredients are bound to be the most effective and you’ll get the best deal on them. That’s why all of the following nine skin care recipes, use ingredients that are not only great for skin, but are also in their prime during spring months.
Carrot rice milk mask For oily skin
2 tablespoons of fresh carrot juice 2 tablespoons powdered Rice milk
Mix the juice and milk until you get a smooth paste. Then, spread the mixture over your clean skin and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove by rinsing with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry with a fluffy towel.
Lettuce cleansing lotion
Lettuce is abundant come spring and makes a perfect cleansing solution to soothe wind-burned or aggravated skin. It is packed with vitamins, sulfur, silicon and phosphorous — all which help to naturally restore your skin’s pH level and balance your complexion.
1/2 head of lettuce 4 cups of water 1/8 teaspoon of benzoin (found at the drugstore)
Put the lettuce in a saucepan and cover with the water. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for one hour. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool completely. Strain all the solids and stir in the benzoin. Pour into a clean bottle and use the lotion to cleanse your skin in the morning or at night.
Flower petal steam facial
The power of flowers should not be taken for granted this season. They are in full bloom and do wonders to keep your skin soft and supple.
2 cups of spring water 1/2 cup of fresh flower petals (try lilac, rose, pansy, camellia, and primrose petals)
Bring water to a boil and then remove the pot from the heat and add the flower petals, stirring gently. Let the mixture rest for five minutes then lean over the pot, keeping your face about 12 inches off the surface of the water, and drape a towel over your head to trap the steam. Sit for five minutes then rinse your face with cool water and pat dry.
Strawberry Facial Mask
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh rice/almonds milk
- 1 tablespoon rice flour or cornstarch
Mash together all ingredients to make a smooth paste. Spread over your face and neck, and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Use twice weekly.
Skin care benefit
Strawberries contain natural antioxidants, which are known to repair skin and act as anti-aging agents, as well as protect your skin from environmental stress. The salicylic acid in strawberries removes dead skin cells, unveiling the smooth, radiant skin below.
Avocado and Honey Mask for Dry Skin
This is a great mask for dry, peeling and scaling skin. The avocado and coconut oil provide replenishing moisture, while the honey helps to heal any chafed or raw areas. the best part is that you can eat the second half that you don’t use on your face.
- 1/2 a very ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Mash or puree the avocado until it’s smooth and creamy, and then blend in the rest of the ingredients. Apply to your face, avoiding your eyes, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wipe your skin clean with a damp, warm cloth, or rinse your face with warm water in the shower.
Soothing Manly Mask
This is a great mask for guys, as it can soothe both razor burn, and over-weathered winter skin. The yogurt acts as a moisturizer, while the cucumber lessens redness and provides moisture to dry, sensitive skin.
- 1/2 a cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon full-fat Greek yogurt
Put the cucumber through a food processor until it’s pulpy, and then mix the yogurt in by hand. Apply evenly over the face, and leave on for 10-15 minutes. (Feel free to lie back and place some cucumber slices on your eyes too). Rinse your face with warm (not hot) water, and pat dry.