Your Spring Prescription For Glowing Skin

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The seasons change, and with it, so does our skin. As nature starts to bloom around us, we have a natural tendency to want to clean out our homes, put away winter clothes, pull out the flips-flops, and eat lighter food. It’s also important to put away some of your skin-care items that kept your skin moisturized and supple during the winter months and exchange them for a spring skin-care regimen. Here are my favorite tips:

Nature’s sunscreen: grapefruit

Flood your body with this natural source of vitamin C. Just half a grapefruit contains 80 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. It has antioxidant qualities to help reduce skin damage like dark spots caused by the sun. If you're taking certain drugs, including cholesterol and blood pressure medications, please consult with your physician before consuming.

Make a toner with 6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice combined with 2 tablespoons of mineral water. Use more water to dilute it if you have very sensitive skin so it won't be too harsh. Apply it after cleansing and before moisturizing. It will keep in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.

Antioxidant powerhouse: matcha

Matcha is a special type of green tea that is grown in the shade, which allows it to become rich in chlorophyll, giving it that bright-green color. While delicious to consume, its benefits also extend topically to the skin.

Make a simple paste by mixing matcha with raw Manuka honey (1:1 ratio) to reduce inflammation, even out skin tone, and increase skin elasticity.

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Medicinal honey: raw Manuka

This specific type of honey hails from New Zealand. It is a potent antibacterial, but you must look for the right label. For best results, look for “Active Manuka Honey” or honey that has a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) sign. While it's on the expensive side, just one drop can help skin conditions like acne and eczema.

The rejuvenator: wild carrot-seed essential oil

This rich, earthy, essential oil brings radiance to the skin and is an all-purpose healthy skin treatment. It also nourishes, tightens, and rejuvenates the skin.

The ultimate stimulator: coffee beans

When you make your next cup of coffee, save those coffee grinds and make the facial-mask recipe below. Ground coffee brightens and exfoliates skin, banishes cellulite, and reduces eye puffiness. Applied topically to the skin, it also acts as a blood vessel constrictor to reduce swelling under the eyes.

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Exfoliating facial mask

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fine coffee grounds (gentle exfoliation)
  • ½ cup almond oil (promotes skin healing)
  • 1 tablespoon Manuka honey (moisturizing, antibacterial)
  • ½ teaspoon raw cacao powder (targets dark spots)

Instructions

Mix well in a bowl. Spread onto freshly washed face. Leave on for 10 minutes. Wet fingers and gently massage entire face. Rinse well and pat dry.

Enjoy your soft, glowing skin!

P.S.: If you have some left over, use it to exfoliate during your next shower.

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