Natural Skin Care Remedies

Healthy SkinTry using these natural skin care remedies this winter season to treat your skin to a bit of  healing.  Homemade facials are a fun and effective way to pamper yourself!  Try these simple recipes from our expert contributors the next time you take a relaxing bath or give your skin some tender loving care.

Time for Tea

Tea is not only soothing and refreshing to drink, but it is also wonderful for the skin. Tea, both green and black, are loaded with anti-oxidants, and polyphenols. Polyphenols have anti-inflammatory properties and are also anti-allergenic. Without a doubt, tea is good for you both inside and out.

Bath 

Pick a teabag or two of your favorite blend and tie the strings under the faucet so that the water will run through the bag. The water will be a deliciously scented blend and will add skin-loving antioxidants to the bath. As an added bonus, as you soak, put the tea bags over your eyes. The tea will help lessen dark circles and puffy eyes.

Compress

Chamomile tea is very soothing to parched, sun-damaged, or sensitive skins. Brew a pot of chamomile tea and allow to cool. Apply cool tea compresses to the skin to soothe.

Ice Pack

Another good idea is to put the tea in an ice tray. Freeze. When needed, take a cube, wrap in gauze, and apply to skin to help ease discomfort. The tea ice feels wonderful after waxing or rubbed on the face after a chemical peel.

Susie Galvez, Beauty Expert, Author and Speaker

Winter Moisturizing Mask

During the winter months when skin gets dry, I love to do this mask with my daughter. We leave it on for about 10 minutes.

Carrot Honey Nourishing Mask

1/3 cup carrot juice
the pulp of half an orange
1 tsp honey

Mix the ingredients together well. If it feels too watery you can add a teaspoon of flour. Brush it onto your face. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Erika Katz, Beauty Author/Blogger and Parenting Expert, Bonding Over Beauty

Give the gift of healing this Holiday Season by using these fun, homemade remedies to make a gift basket for your loved one.  Just purchase the ingredients at your local whole foods store, put them in a pretty basket, type up some brief instructions and you have a beautiful gift of healing!

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