With the myriad of lotions and potions to choose from in the marketplace, one might forget that many of their key ingredients are often derived from a variety plants, and then spun into something less recognizable. So why not go to the source for treating your skin, and take advantage of mother’s nature’s potent nutrients, activated by live enzymes?

Yes, you can actually take many ingredients you already have stocked in your fridge and on your shelves to stir up field of live greens for your face, or whip up a fruit filled frappe, good enough to eat and even more sumptuous for your delicate facial tissues.

Here Are a Few Facial Rituals I Enjoy that Offer Profound Results:

Bathe Your Skin in Honey

Honey is a natural humectant, and is filled with vitamins and minerals giving your skin a plump, natural radiance. It has strong anti-bacterial and skin-clarifying properties so it’s great for acne, for opening up the pores, loosening and dislodging unwanted sludge. Honey contains a host of skin-saving anti-oxidants to ward off free radical damage associated with aging. You can lavish it on your face and the parts of your body you want to be touched!

Lemon Exfoliation Treatment

Lemon contains high levels of Vitamin C, is a powerful anti-oxidant and is a natural skin brightener. Simply slice an organic lemon and gently glide it over your face, neck and decollate. Lemon is actually an alkalizing fruit, so the plant’s acids offer gentle exfoliation while helping to balance the pH levels on your skin. If your skin is super sensitive, try this technique on a small patch of your face and wait an hour to see how your skin responds. You may wish to avoid the cheeks which tend toward rosacea. I I find for myself, however, that lemons actually calm and disinfect my rosacea areas. Applying honey following a lemon exfoliation is a perfect compliment to this facial ritual.

You can also create a lemon spritzer by adding purified water, fresh lemon and a couple drops of pure rose or lavender essence. It’s super refreshing and pH balancing! It’s best to refrigerate between uses.

Green Superfoods Facial Mask

Green superfoods, whether fresh or in powdered form, introduce high levels of vitamins and minerals into the body, and build healthy blood and tissues. I like to mix up a recipe of finely chopped organic parsley and mint,  combined with the powdered sea minerals of spirulina and chlorella. While parsley and mint are fortified with iron and magnesium and are calming to the skin, the sea minerals of spiralina and chlorella contain high levels of a blue pigment called Phycocyanin which is strongly anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and immune boosting when taken internally and/or applied to the skin.

To complete this superfoods facial concoction, I add a tablespoon of Castor Oil (rich in it’s own miraculous healing properties), or Raw Organic Sesame Oil (a powerful tissue regenerator). Mix these ingredients together so that you have a rich, non-runny paste.  Apply to the face and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse, tone and moisturize.

Fruit Frappe Mask

Find yourself a sumptuous ripe papaya. Carve out a couple slices, getting close to the rind where the fresh enzymes are, and mash it up in a small bowl. Carve out half of a super ripe kiwi fruit, mash it and mix it in with the papaya. Add a squeeze of lemon, a dash of honey and a tablespoon of plain organic yogurt. The high Vitamin C content and rich enzymatic activity of this combination will plump up and brighten your skin so noticeably, your friends will be convinced you just returned from a long vacation!

 

 

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