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Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer

Natural Treatments for Healthy Skin

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Summer is the season for showing skin. But with more exposure to the elements and greater oil and sweat production, skin problems (namely sunburn, heat rashes and breakouts) seem to increase right along with the temperature. Luckily, you can fight summer skin problems and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetics counter to do so. Try these homemade skin care recipes, featuring ingredients like blueberries and cucumber, which are in season all summer long.

*Note: As with all skin products, do not use any of these recipes if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients, or have very sensitive skin. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns or questions. In case of a rash or reaction, discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice.

Blueberry Smoothie Face Mask
Blueberries have been making headlines recently for being one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the fruit and vegetable kingdom. Antioxidants are compounds that help keep your cells healthy. Of 40 fruits and vegetables analyzed for their antioxidant activity by the USDA, the blueberry ranked No. 1 in the fruit category, earning blueberries the title "super food." And the antioxidants that benefit your body when you eat them can also benefit your skin when applied topically, revitalizing the skin and hastening healing.
  • Small handful blueberries, fresh (or unsweetened frozen berries, thawed)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened plain yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons raw almonds
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to clean face, and leave on skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Blue Oatmeal Face Mask
Blueberries pack antioxidants (see above), while oats gently exfoliate the skin.
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, old-fashioned or quick
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh (or unsweetened frozen berries, thawed)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 5 raw almonds
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to clean face, leave on skin for 15-20 minutes, or until set. Rinse with warm water. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cucumber Cleanser for Dry Skin
The following recipes call for organic cucumbers. Besides being sprayed with pesticides, conventional cucumbers are coated with wax, which may contain synthetic chemicals that you probably don’t want on your skin—let alone in your body. Organic cucumbers, especially the ones you can buy at your local farmers market, are free of pesticides and wax. In lieu of organic, peel conventional cucumbers to cut down on unwanted wax and chemicals.
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Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.

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