Everyone knows a superfood smoothie is great for your skin but what about other skincare treatments and exfoliants that can be whipped up in your home kitchen?
Here are 4 fun and easy recipes for summer skincare, exfoliation, and hydration that can help keep skin fresh and dewy all summer long (as well as protect you from that summer sun!) and, best of all, can be quickly made in your blender.
Nina Curtis, a beauty expert with Blendtec, has developed recipes—both edible and topical—that are perfect for healthy skin. Recipes include: Skin “Glow” Smoothie, Organic Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator, and Pineapple Papaya Skin Smoother.
All ingredients should be organic as much as possible.
1. Skin ‘Glow’ Smoothie
Glowing skin begins from the inside out…Enjoy this smoothie three times a week.
Yield: approximately 4 cups
2 cups young Thai coconut water
1 handful organic spinach
3 stalks (single ribs) celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 ripe organic pear, cored and chopped
1 ripe organic frozen banana
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch of Pink Himalayan salt, re-mineralizes the body with minerals and trace elements essential to our health and wellbeing.
Add liquid first into the Blendtec Wildside vessel, then combine all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Place any remaining smoothie in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.
2. Organic Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator
The Blendtec ‘Twister’ Vessel is ideal for making all kinds of skincare products and it’s just the right size.
Gentle exfoliation is a great to remove built up dead skin cells and simulate circulation which will leave your skin smooth and vibrant.
Using organic steel cut oatmeal, blend ½ cup of the oatmeal in the Blendtec Twister Vessel until it becomes flourlike. Combine equal parts water to create a thick paste or use the guide below to customize the appropriate recipe for your specific skin condition.
Customize: with approximately equal parts to make a thick paste.
Normal Skin~ mix with water or rose, chamomile or peppermint tea infusion
Oily Skin~ mix with goat milk yogurt and a ¼ teaspoon organic lemon juice
Dry Skin~ mix with raw, organic honey
Sensitive Skin~ mix with a ripe banana
Massage this oatmeal paste gently onto your skin, using upward and outward motions. Leave for five to ten minutes, rinse with tepid water, pat gently and apply moisturizer.
3. Pineapple Papaya Skin Smoother
(for the face, body and feet)
1 ripe papaya
1 teaspoon papaya seeds
1 cup pineapple
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel and blend until smooth. It takes a powerful blender like Blendtec to pulverize the papaya seeds into powder like particles that gently yet thoroughly exfoliate the skin. This skin smoother contains enzymes and physical particles for maximum exfoliation, to smooth, brighten and even out skin tone. If your skin is easily sensitized or sensitive use the Organic Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator.
This is an ideal skin smoother for the face, body and feet.
Apply to dampened facial skin and gently massage all over the face for about 30 seconds, paying special attention to the t-zone area of the face. Leave on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
For the body, step into your shower and apply all over the body paying special attention to areas where the skin is dryer and or thicker, like the elbows and knees. Vigorously massage the thighs, buttocks and back of the arms to exfoliate thoroughly and stimulate blood circulation. Finish with your favorite body cream.
For the feet, apply onto feet and wrap with saran wrap and cover each foot with a hand towel for 10- 15 minutes. Remove saran wrap, massage feet well and rinse off. Complete with your favorite foot cream.
4. The Hand Smoother
Ever notice how people ask your age and then look at your hands? Well you don’t have to
give it away. During fall and winter our overall skin condition can look and feel drier and our hands tend to suffer the most. Gentle hand exfoliation is great to do on a regular basis to improve skin texture, tone and smoothness. Follow with your favorite hand cream.
4oz. ground almonds or almond meal
4 tsp almond oil
4tsp lemon juice
1 ½-2 oz organic goat milk yogurt
Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel and blend until smooth, to a thick consistency. Use about the size of a walnut and rub over both hands as if you were using soap, for one to two minutes, rinse off and apply hand cream….Voila!
Store remaining product in a glass container, label and keep in the refrigerator up to two weeks. Use daily or two to three times a week depending on skin condition.
Guest Post Author: Nina Curtis with Blendtec
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