Everyone knows a superfood smoothie is great for your skin but what about other skincare treatments and exfoliants that can be whipped up in your home kitchen? Using everyday ingredients, you can make some amazing DIY summer skin care recipes to keep your skin healthy and radiant. Nina Curtis, a beauty expert with Blendtec, has developed recipes—both edible and topical—that can transform your skin. If you choose to apply them to your skin, leave the mixture on for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.
Skin Glow Smoothie
Yield: approximately 4 cups
2 cups young Thai coconut water
1 handful organic spinach
3 stalks (single ribs) celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 ripe organic pear, cored and chopped
1 ripe organic frozen banana
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch of Pink Himalayan salt, re-mineralizes the body with minerals and trace elements essential to our health and wellbeing.
Add liquid first into your Blendtec blender, then combine all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Place any remaining smoothie in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.
Organic Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator
Gentle exfoliation is a great to remove built up dead skin cells and stimulate circulation which will leave your skin smooth and vibrant.
Using organic steel cut oatmeal, blend ½ cup of the oatmeal in into your Blendtec blender until it becomes flourlike. Combine equal parts water to create a thick paste or use the guide below to customize the appropriate recipe for your specific skin condition.
Customize: with approximately equal parts to make a thick paste.
Normal Skin~ mix with water or rose, chamomile or peppermint tea infusion
Oily Skin~ mix with goat milk yogurt and a ¼ teaspoon organic lemon juice
Dry Skin~ mix with raw, organic honey
Sensitive Skin~ mix with a ripe banana
Massage this oatmeal paste gently onto your skin, using upward and outward motions. Leave for five to ten minutes, rinse with warm water, pat gently and apply moisturizer.
Pineapple Papaya Skin Smoother
1 ripe papaya
1 teaspoon papaya seeds
1 cup pineapple
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Put all of the ingredients into your Blendtec blender and blend until smooth. This skin smoother contains enzymes and physical particles for maximum exfoliation, to smooth, brighten and even out skin tone. If your skin is easily sensitized or sensitive use the Organic Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator.
This is an ideal skin smoother for the face, body and feet.
Apply to dampened facial skin and gently massage all over the face for about 30 seconds, paying special attention to the t-zone area of the face. Leave on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
For the body, step into your shower and apply all over the body paying special attention to areas where the skin is dryer and or thicker, like the elbows and knees. Vigorously massage the thighs, buttocks and back of the arms to exfoliate thoroughly and stimulate blood circulation. Finish with your favorite body cream.
For the feet, apply onto feet and wrap with saran wrap and cover each foot with a hand towel for 10- 15 minutes. Remove saran wrap, massage feet well and rinse off. Complete with your favorite foot cream.
The Hand Smoother
Ever notice how people ask your age and then look at your hands? Well you don’t have to
give it away. Gentle hand exfoliation is great to do on a regular basis to improve skin texture, tone and smoothness. Follow with your favorite hand cream.
4oz. ground almonds or almond meal
4 tsp almond oil
4tsp lemon juice
1 ½-2 oz organic goat milk yogurt
Put all of the ingredients into your Blendtec blender and blend until smooth, to a thick consistency. Use about the size of a walnut and rub over both hands as if you were using soap, for one to two minutes, rinse off and apply hand cream….Voila!
Store remaining product in a glass container, label and keep in the refrigerator up to two weeks. Use daily or two to three times a week depending on skin condition.