Hydrating Cucumber, Apple & Pear Face Cleanser Recipe
Good Enough To Eat ~
Is it a smoothie, or maybe a fruit salad? Is it half a tzatziki recipe?
Just maybe it is all of the above with the twist of being a skin friendly cleanser ideal for normal and dry skin types. All the ingredients in this food for the skin recipe work together in promoting healthy skin.
Using fresh ingredients with a limited shelf life ensures you receive the maximum nutritional benefits for your skin.
Let's take a look at the ingredients used; honey, yogurt, apple, pear, mint and cucumber.
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Ingredients Info ~
Honey retains water on the skin which helps keep it soft supple and moisturized.
It has gentle exfoliating properties and may be used on all skin types, even sensitive skins proving its versatility.
Rich in antioxidants it zaps all those unwanted free radicals responsible for premature ageing so promotes a more youthful appearance. Used alone or as a binder it is a powerhouse of skin benefits.
Using honey in your cleanser will make your skin flourish.
Yogurt is soothing, nourishing and contains lactic acid which works wonders on refining the pores, exfoliating dead skin cells and helps stimulate the collagen in the skin.
A natural cleanser it combines with many simple household ingredients for skin care treatments.
Apple ACV or apple cider vinegar is known to help smooth the skin while refining the pores and clearing pathogens and excess oil thus preventing the formation of pimples or acne.
Apple have always been associated as a healthy fruit to include in our diet and help promote a clearer, brighter smoother complexion with Vitamin C and K, over 80% water content and various nutrients.
Organic apples are well worth sourcing as apples are one of the top 12 worst foods for pesticide residue.
Pear is known as the anti-ageing fruit, whether you eat it or apply it on the skin.
The high fibre content contributes to improving collagen in the skin and the pear is rich in Vitamin C and K, 2 major antioxidants fighting off the cell damaging free radicals.
Mint leaves contain salicylic acid which helps prevent the pores clogging which results in a clearer complexion.
It is a herb with soothing, calming properties helping to reduce any irritated skin. The juice from the mint leaves contains Vitamin A which strengthens skin tissue.
Cucumber is one of the most cost effective and beneficial fruits for skin care.
With over 90% water content it instantly hydrates the skin, reduces dark circles under the eyes, minimizes fine lines and leaves the skin soft and supple.
Known for their cooling effect on the skin they also contain antioxidants, vitamins and silica which promote a healthier rejuvenated skin.
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Baby Soft Skin
Normal Skin ~
This tends to be the rarest of skin types. Hormones start changing once puberty kicks in and skin tends to become more oily while as we age the skin becomes drier.
If you have a normal skin, everything is generally perfectly balanced with cell renewal working in conjunction with exfoliation of dead skin cells. Skin will have excellent moisture content and natural sebum and sweat will be secreted at a normal rate.
The way the skin is maintained and looked after can contribute greatly as a poor skin care regime or inadequate sun protection will have a detrimental impact on this skin type.
Normal Skin has these characteristics:
- Skin is soft and supple to the touch.
- Complexion is clear.
- Skin color is even and not patchy.
- The skin feels neither greasy nor tight.
- Skin’s elasticity is firm.
- The Epidermis (outer layer of the skin) feels ‘normal’ thickness, not thick or very thin.
Dry Skin ~
Dry skin can be caused by a variety of factors. It can be caused by environmental factors drying it, it can be hereditary, as a result of under-active sebaceous glands or the skins ability to retain moisture has been disrupted such as medication.
Dry Skin Characteristics would typically be:
- Skin often appears flaky.
- Skin is often pale in color.
- Skin may look prematurely aged with fine lines around the neck, eyes and lips.
- It has under-active sebaceous glands.
- Epidermis is often thin not thick.
- It feels tight after washing.
- It will often exhibit broken capillaries particularly on the cheek.
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Cleanser or smoothie floats your boat?
Tutti Frutti Recipe ~
1/4 cup Yogurt
5 Slices of Apple
5 Slices of Pear
5 Slices of Cucumber
1-2 tsp Finely Chopped Mint (or 1 tsp dried mint)
Drizzle of Honey
Recycled Jar with Lid (sterilized)
- Wash the fresh mint and place the leaves in-between paper towels to dry. Make sure the mint is completely dry.
- Wash the apple, pear and cucumber (use organic ingredients to cut down on pesticide residue).
- Mix all the ingredients in the blender for a few minutes to a smooth and thin consistency.
- Pour your cleanser into your glass jar and secure with an airtight lid.
- Store in the refrigerator and use once or twice a day as part of your daily skin care regime.
- Put a tablespoon of the cleanser in-between the palms of the hands and apply to the face and neck area.
- Massage in for a few minutes before rinsing off in tepid water.
- Pat the skin dry and apply skin toner and moisturizer.
Tips and Suggestions ~
Make a note of when you made it and 5 – 7 days from then for the expiry date.
Make enough for a smoothie to enjoy or if you don’t think a facial cleanser is for you why not make it anyway as a nutrient rich, healthy and tasty option which will benefit the skin from the inside!
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Food for Thought . . . .
Combining these ingredients fresh will provide the very best nutritional health for the skin. Each ingredient is used in small quantities yet provides enough face cleanser for approximately a weeks cleansing that costs minimal in the grand scheme of things. By choosing organic options means you and your skin benefits, so go on, give it a go and reap those benefits!
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