When you’re stressed, you might reach for a spoonful of honey or a square of chocolate. But did you know that some of your favorite comfort foods can also function as skincare products? From refreshing cucumber to rich cacao, these easy recipes offer benefits for smooth, calm and clean skin. Grab a few ingredients and test them out — just try not to eat them when you’re done!
Soothing Cucumber Cream
Peel and grate fresh cucumber. Place beeswax and almond oil in small saucepan; melt using double-boiler method. Add 2 Tbsp. boiling water, then cucumber pulp. Let simmer on low for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Strain; let cool and place in container. Shake before using.
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, mashing and mixing until a smooth cream forms. Smooth mixture onto skin and leave on for a half hour (I like to apply it before a nice long soak in the tub!). Rinse clean.
Green Tea & Aloe Vera Toner
Place tea bags in medium-sized bowl; cover with boiling water and let step for 20 minutes. Pour into a glass bottle or container. Add apple cider vinegar and oils and shake to combine.
Tip: Use apple cider vinegar instead of aloe juice if you have oily skin.
Brown Sugar & Vanilla Scrub
Mix sugars until there are no lumps. Add oil and vanilla; stir well to combine and place in airtight glass container. When ready to use, apply to face, scrubbing gently into skin using a circular motion. Rinse clean.
This recipe makes enough for dozens of scrubs. Pack it in an airtight container and store for up to two weeks in your refrigerator.
Aloe Rose Facial Spritz
Combine all ingredients, using just a few drops of essential oil (if desired), in a spritzer bottle. Shake gently before spriting a light layer on your face. Let dry, then apply your moisturizer and sunscreen.
Tip: For extra-cooling effects, store the bottle in your refrigerator.
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