Scrub a Dub Dub
My skin isn't enjoying the transitional weather of spring. To combat its complaining, I'm using a few homemade remedies. I used to be a sucker for beauty products. I must've tried everything in the aisle to keep my skin happy. The prettier the packaging, the more likely I was to bring it home. After a while, as no one thing worked better than another, and after I began worrying about the ingredients of some of these products, I decided to make my own. It's quite satisfying and I've been pleased with the results.
At the top right is my body scrub, which I apply with exfoliating gloves while I wait for the shower water to get warm. The recipe is from last December's issue of Sunset. (You can find the recipe here.) While the salt and sugar gently scrub, the oils penetrate very thoroughly and leave my skin feeling quite moisturized. For good measure, I follow my shower with this body oil by Mountain Ocean.
We keep a container of baking soda in the shower, bottom left. Ryan uses it in combination with a cider vinegar rinse in lieu of shampoo. (read more here) I use it to scrub my face two or three times each week. It's extremely fine and very gentle, but leaves my skin feeling incredibly smooth, better than anything else I've tried.
After my face has been thoroughly scrubbed, I follow it with a mask of my own recipe. It's equal parts egg white and buttermilk and a good sized dollop of raw honey. The ingredients are briskly stirred, then applied with a cotton ball. The leftover mask goes into the fridge and is good for several applications. I usually leave it on for about 10 minutes. My skin feels nourished and a bit tighter after the mask.
Finally, in the cobalt blue bottle is Rosemary Acne Serum. The recipe is from Pure Skin by Barbara Close. This blend of hazelnut, apricot kernel, tea tree, and essential oils is my regular moisturizer. I highly recommend Pure Skin. It's stuffed with recipes for natural beauty remedies as well as gorgeous photographs. (Also good is Well Being, by the same author.)