Herbal Face Scrub For Glowing Skin
Why Exfoliate? It removes the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of our skin. Without consistent exfoliation, our skin starts to thicken as the old cells build up, which causes crevices and fine lines.
No thanks!! Bring on the exfoliation!
But not just anything gritty will do! Studies on exfoliation have taken a close look at skin before and after exfoliation with cheap ingredients like ground apricot pits or walnut shells. The sharp edges of these ingredients look like broken glass under a microscope, and they leave tiny lesions on the surface of our skin - allowing bacteria and preservatives to get into the layers of our skin. So instead, let’s make an organic custom blended exfoliator, specific to your skin type.
Your scrub formula should contain only the things from our formula that you need, because we all know, everyone’s skin is different. I’ll review a short list of highly effective exfoliants, and...
First we have Aloe Vera or Aloe Arborescens aka Candelabra Aloe
It’s spring and these beauties are in bloom! I can see this gorgeous Aloe Vera through my office window, reminding me to calendar our sunburn salve formulas! The Aloe Vera has over 250 species, but the one with the highest degree of medicinal value for topical burns? This giant, the Arborescens. Some people use the juice, which is taken from the base of the leaf, but the gel is easy to access by cutting a leaf open and squeezing or scraping out the cooling gel. Aloe has been an herbal staple around the world for centuries, often referred to as the ‘First Aid Plant’.
Commercial Aloe Vera can contain nasty residue from the collection and packaging process, so always opt for organic, or even better – grow your own!!
Next, we have the Passion Flower!
Few flowers impact our mood regulators as greatly as Passiflora Incarnata. Packed with flavonoids that combat anxiety, a recent...
This week we're sharing tips for growing Lavender for your Skin Care Garden!
Lavender is antiseptic, aromatic, and astringent, and eases flare-ups caused by eczema and psoriasis. The word Lavender is from the Greek word Lavare, which means ‘to wash’, indicating its use in skin and topical treatments for thousands of years.
Harvesting Lavender is an easy process, ongoing throughout the summer months. Start now and you’ll have plenty of Lavender when we start making skin care treatments later this summer.
Cut the lavender in the late morning if possible. Rinse it really early in the morning and let it dry. Harvest before noon, after it’s dry, but before the heat of the day. Cut the stems low in the plant, bundle and tie them. Hang them blossom-side down in a cool dry place with the flower heads over a bowl or container.
Each time you walk by, gently shake the lavender, which will give up the blossom seeds as it dries out. I learned this...
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