Spring skincare




Winter has a drying effect on the skin (think of central heating, biting winds etc) but now that spring is here and there is some heat in the sun, you may find that your skin is more oily and you may be having spring breakouts.  
Do not over-cleanse as this strips the natural oils from your skin and never use soap on your skin which is very drying.  This sends signals to the sebaceous glands to produce more oil and they may go into overdrive. It may seem counter intuitive to use oils on your face if your skin is oily but in fact applying oils to your face restores the natural balance and the sebaceous glands calm down.  
All skin types benefit from exfoliation after the winter.  This removes dead skin cells leaving your skin clear, soft and radiant.  

The following face mask uses strawberries, honey and coconut oil.

Strawberry, honey and coconut oil face mask

You will need
30g strawberries, (2 medium) mashed
1 tbsp honey 
1 tbsp coconut oil (tip-if the coconut oil is solid warm it a little in a pan so that it will blend more easily).

Blend the ingredients.  Smoothe over your face and leave for 10-15 minutes.  Wash off with warm water and a face flannel.  Splash your face with cold water.

Strawberries made an excellent exfoliator due to their salicylic acid content which is also astringent and so closes your pores so that impurities do not lodge there.  They also contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, ellagic acid, and alpha hydroxyl acids which prevents skin damage that leads to aging.

Honey is antibacterial, antioxidant and antihistamine and so can help with breakouts.

Coconut oil is deeply moisturising and is anti-fungal which may help some skin conditions such as rosacea (more on this in another post.)

Enjoy spring!
Janet x 


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2 comments:

  1. WOW!it sounds like such a wonderful and tempting mask. I will surely give it a try this spring but before that as winters are arriving I head over to CosmeDocs to get the best recommendation for winter skin woes.

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  2. 3 Studies PROVE Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you literally get rid of fat by eating coconut fat (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from big medicinal magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!

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