Summer Ready Skin

June 2, 2011

Bring on the shorts, sundresses and bikinis…but only if your skin is ready. We all love showing off our summer glow. Unfortunately, at this time of year your skin might not really be glowing yet. What to do? Exfoliate!

There are many products on the market for this very important step in every woman’s beauty routine, but you have to be careful. So many beauty products contain unnatural and unsafe ingredients. Many of these ingredients are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. When reading labels, always ask yourself “could I eat this ingredient?” If not, then it absolutely does not belong on your skin.

My favorite exfoliating treatment is one that I make myself. It’s so easy to do, so inexpensive and so effective. I recommend you try it at home and get a jump start on your summer glow. Always use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Dr. Amy’s Herbal Exfoliant

  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raw almond
  • ¼ cup dried rose petals
  • ¼ cup dried calendula flowers

If you struggle with acne or rosacea, then I recommend that you also add ¼ cup of chamomile flowers for their anti-inflammatory action.

If you can’t tolerate gluten in your diet, then use finely ground cornmeal (polenta) instead of oats.

Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until you have a uniform semi-coarse powder. Transfer to a jar for storage.

When you’re ready to exfoliate, put about one Tablespoon of the powder into the palm of your hand and add enough honey to make a paste. Rub gently on your face, neck, chest, arms…anywhere that you need to shed some winter layers.

If you want to really harness the antimicrobial and moisturizing properties of honey, the skin-building action of almond and the skin clarifying properties of rose and calendula, then try leaving the mixture on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing.

This herbal exfoliant is safe enough to use every day, even if you have sensitive skin. Mix some up and give it a try…you’ll thank me when you see your summer glow!

–Dr. Amy Hawkins