The dry summer air and heat is really harsh on your face. Even if you stick to all the precautions— rub on sunscreen, shield your eyes with sunglasses, wear ridiculously large floppy hats— your delicate skin can still suffer, becoming dried out, blemished, burned, and chaffed. We all understand that a healthy diet is essential to taking care of our skin; partly because a healthy diet is full of antioxidants that heal and possibly prevent damage to our skin. But marketers know that too. So lately there has been an increase in the amount of skincare products marketed to women claiming to possess the miracle healing properties of antioxidants.
I do not believe any of these products are really very helpful in maintaining youthful, glowing skin, and are really just a waste of your money. All to often these store bought products contain harmful additives and fake chemicals made in a lab. I even take issue with products that feature statements like “natural” and full of ingredients that you could “find in your own home.” If that is the case then why not save your money and just make it on your own?
I have a simple recipe for a face mask you can easily and cheaply in the kitchen. It is made from a base of fresh strawberries and coconut milk, both of which are soothing and hydrating to irritated skin. I also add flaxseed to the mask to gently exfoliate away dead cells. I got the idea to add green tea to the mix because its cooling wealth of antioxidants can help repair sun and weather damage. Truly this mask as a bit of everything; moisturising fatty acids from the coconut and flax, antioxidants from the strawberries and tea, and exfoliating properties from each ingredient. And of course this fresh mix just feels incredible on your aggravated skin!
Here is the recipe and how-to:
- 4 tbsp of organic green tea (strong)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh, full fat coconut milk
- 3-4 strawberries
- 2 tbsp flaxseed (ground)
- Put everything into a blender, and blend! (Slight grittiness is cool)
Apply the mask to face by gently massaging to exfoliate. Let mask dry for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water; remember to splash and not to rub harshly! Dip a cotton ball in the remaining green tea and apply as a finishing touch. When dry, apply your usual moisturizer.