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It seems like it has been raining the majority of the winter here in Georgia. The weather combined with trying out new makeup has left my skin feeling a little dull. It's time for a little spring cleaning for my face. I will share a couple of my go to healthy refresh regimens for my face. One is a daily vitamin C serum and the other is a homemade, natural exfoliator.
Daily Vitamin C
Everyone knows how great Vitamin C is for the inside of your body. It helps boost your immune system, maintain your bones and teeth, but did you know that it also helps with wound healing and collagen production? With the reduction of collagen, we see fine lines and wrinkles. By applying Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, directly on your skin you get the direct benefits of the increased collagen and neutralization of free radicals in the skin. So, what exactly can Vitamin C do for your skin?
- Acts as a powerful anti-oxidant
- Boosts collagen
- Treats photo damage
- Brightens and smooths skin
Mix & C Serum from The Retro Company has become my very favorite skin care product. Why is this product different? First, it is plant based. Second, is the technology behind the packaging. The 100% Vitamin C is separated from the hyaluronic acid serum. Not until you pop the membrane will the vitamin C touch the serum. Because of this technology, you are getting the freshest Vitamin C serum available. This is because once Vitamin C is oxidized it loses its effectiveness. When it turns dark orange Vitamin C should be discarded. Hyaluronic acid it the other amazing ingredient in the serum. It pulls moisture from the air into your skin.
Everyone needs a great exfoliator. Personally, I don’t like the gritty exfoliators on my face. They are great on the rest of my body, but I prefer enzyme exfoliators on my face. Some examples of natural enzyme exfoliators are apple cider vinegar, pineapple and papaya. The enzymes dissolve the “glue” that holds the dead skin cells. The fruit enzymes are great for sensitive skin, but always test an area first.
This week I needed a deeper cleanse, so I used a combination of:
- Apple cider vinegar – breakdown the “glue”, fight recent breakouts and to balance skin
- Baking soda – exfoliate, reduce sebum, increase circulation
- Lemon juice – tone skin and kill bacteria
- Honey – moisturize
How to make it:
1-1/2 Tablespoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Honey (I prefer organic, raw honey)
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar (organic with “mother”)
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
Mix the baking soda and honey into a paste. Slowly mix in the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. It will bubble. Use a brush (I use a silicone or foundation brush) to apply the paste to your CLEAN face. Keep on your face 5-7 minutes. It will not dry because of the honey. Rinse with warm water. Apply moisturizer.
My face immediately feels softer, smoother and cleaner. The next day is even better!