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Recipes for beautiful skin

For a little help bringing out your natural glow all year round, here are two recipes and other simple ideas for beautiful skin. Unlike many expensive creams that may be half-used and cluttering your drawer, they’re natural and affordable!

Woman looking at her skin in the mirror

1. How to get beautiful hands. An at-home oil salt scrub (recipe below) helps your hands as the alkaline pH of the salt allows skin to soften and makes it easier for hardened, dead cells to slough off. Exfoliating before using a moisturizer allows your moisturizer to work at an even deeper level of the skin.

Our oil salt scrub recipe: Mix a tablespoon of any kind of oil (we suggest olive oil, coconut oil or sesame oil) with a teaspoon of salt. Before you go to bed, thoroughly rub the mixture over your hands, rinse with warm water and then moisturize.

2. How to get glowing skin all over. Our existing skin cells are constantly shedding to make way for new cells. But as we age, the dead cells don’t shed as often, causing skin to look dull, cracked and more prone to wrinkles. To get down to the newer, younger skin cells, use a brush or pumice stone on your body (not face) a few times a week to work off the dead skin cells and increase nourishing blood circulation to your skin. With younger skin cells at the surface you’ll be much more likely to glow.

If you have darker skin, you may be challenged with “ashy” looking skin because dry, dead cells can be more obvious on darker skin. Exfoliation and moisturizing are especially important for this reason.

Our exfoliating mask recipe: Grind one tablespoon of oats to a fine powder with a coffee grinder. Mix with a tablespoon of yogurt and/or buttermilk (for lactic acid exfoliating benefits) or egg whites (for an instant tightening effect). You can also add honey for hydration. Leave mask on for 10-20 minutes and remove by rinsing with warm water.

3. How to get acne-free skin. Many women who haven’t had a breakout since their teens or early twenties are surprised to suddenly find themselves fighting breakouts as they start perimenopause. Here are a few things to try:

• Try using a physical exfoliant (as opposed to a chemical exfoliant) 3-5 times a week. See our exfoliating mask recipe above.
• Calm red inflamed acne by rubbing an ice cube over the area for a few minutes.
• Use a powdered milk or clay-based mask with added tea tree oil (for antiseptic purposes) and lavender (for calming) three times per week for 10-20 minutes per session.

Read our article “Seven tips for stunning skin in menopause” to learn more about keeping your skin looking its best, including tips for a skin-healthy diet and tips for the best moisturizer and other skincare products.

 

* Information presented here is not intended to cure, diagnose, prevent or treat any health concerns or condition, nor is it to serve as a substitute professional medical care.

Published: September 8, 2016 - Last Updated: April 2, 2021

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