Natural skincare recipes with ingredients from your pantry

Here are two of my favourite natural skincare recipes that I’ve either re-worked or developed! And this is not just for the ladies; my male clients use these as well!

Five minute micro-abrasion scrub

1 small glass bowl with tight fitting lid
1/2 cup of baking soda

Pour baking soda into a small bowl, mix with enough water to make a paste (make it on the thick side because you can add drops off water while in the shower)

Usage: On a weekly basis, take a small amount and with circular motions scrub your face for 30-45 seconds. Let sit for 3 minutes (will sting a bit your first time), and rinse off. That is it! You’ll notice your skin is glowing and vibrant.

*Not ideal for sensitive skin

Skin brightening mask (from Wholeliving.com)

1/2 unripened papaya, diced
1 tsp full fat yogurt
1 tsp raw honey

Papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Yogurt adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy). Honey helps skin retain moisture.

When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation, use ripe papaya, which has less papain.

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Usage: Make sure skin is clean and dry. Leave on for 8 to 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry.

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