GOOD SKIN IS IN THIS SEASON THANKS TO THESE DIY TREATMENTS
Though October can be a scream — ghoulish yard decorations, scary slasher movies, horrifying piles of sugary candy — there is nothing more monstrous than not properly taking care of your skin from head to toe. But fear not: Here are a few healthy skincare ingredients you might already have at home, plus a few DIY treatments that will leave you hauntingly radiant.
You’re probably more familiar with its uses in the kitchen, but turmeric is all the rage these days in the health community — and for good reason. A member of the ginger family, turmeric offers anti-inflammatory and high antioxidant properties that not only benefit our digestive and immune systems, but also our largest organ: our skin. You’ve probably already got the ingredients for this face mask in your kitchen; it can provide relief to dry spots, psoriasis and eczema.
Mix flour, turmeric and milk/yogurt to make a paste.
Full Body Sugar Scrub
Mix all the ingredients in a wide-mouth Mason jar. Place a wooden cheese spreader in the jar for to help apply the scrub.
Sugar scrubs can be just as fun to make — or give as gifts — as they are good for your skin. The real star in the recipe above is the helichrysum, an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial essential oil; it’s also a great antioxidant. Peppermint oil is also pretty cool, from its energizing scent to its healing qualities and the invigorating tingle it leaves on the skin. Make sure you are purchasing high-quality oils, such as those made by Young Living, that will not cause a skin reaction.
Cucumber isn’t just delicious: It’s also very hydrating. This foot treatment feels refreshing on tired feet and is great for removing dry skin.
Add the ingredients to a blender and combine. Divide the mixture between two large plastic freezer bags and then place your feet inside for 10 minutes. Rinse.
Becca Edwards is a wellness professional, freelance writer, and owner of b.e.WELL+b.e.CREATIVE (bewellbecreative.com).