Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Farmers Market Skin Care: Cucumber Lemon Mint Facial

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The Cucumber Lemon Mint Facial is great for oily skin. Summer can be especially taxing on oilier complexions. The combination of sun exposure, sunscreen and increased heat can cause oily skin to go a little nuts, this combo will help soothe, cleanse and tone the skin. Mint naturally helps brighten dull skin and it's cooling properties are perfect for acne prone skin. Cucumber is high in skin soothing Vitamin C (more info here) and has astringent (pore tightening) qualities that make it a natural skin toner. Lemon peel adds Vitamin C and a bright uplifting scent with mild exfoliating properties. Lemon is also said to help rid skin of blackheads.

Grate 1 tsp. of fresh lemon peel add to a blender with 2 tsp. fresh mint with 1/2 peeled de-seeded cucumber. Apply and gently massage onto clean skin. Leave on for 15 mins, rinsing with cool/room temperature water. Apply witch hazel toner and a light moisturizer.

Use extra mint and lemon in ice water to create a refreshing beverage.

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