There are many benefits in using natural skin care products on your skin. Some women will even go as far as to create their own skin care recipes by combining natural ingredients that can be found at the neighborhood grocery store. But what if you could bring your skin care even closer to home? With a few choices in fruits, vegetables and herbs, you could reap a bumper crop of produce that will be as good for your skin as your body. There are a number of choices that you can add to your garden, and many are easy to grow, and can thrive in just about any climate. A skin care garden will ensure that your skin receives the freshest natural ingredients Ė at least during harvest time!
Herb gardens can be ornamental as well as fragrant, and will provide plenty of options for your skin and your cooking. Thyme has many disinfectant properties, and can be combined with fennel to create an effective cleanser for normal skin types. Fennel is also a good choice of an herb to use in a steamy facial for oily skin. Lavender is another herb that is quite popular in skin care products, and will look beautiful in your outdoor landscape as well. You can use lavender in your bath and as a wash for your hands and feet. The antiseptic and analgesic properties of lavender make it a good choice of a natural ingredient in pain relief and it can be a mood lifter as well. Chamomile is also good for your skin, and can be used in steams and astringents for oily skin. You can also use the chamomile in your garden for a relaxing cup of tea in the evening while you are using it on your skin.
Fresh Vegetables and Juicy Fruits
One of the first veggies that come to mind when you think of skin care is the cucumber. While most of us know that a couple of cucumber slices can be an effective method for reviving tired eyes, the astringent properties of cucumber can also make it a beneficial natural ingredient in a toner for your skin. Pumpkins are another fun crop for your garden that can work in your skin care program as well. When combined with papaya, pumpkin can create a refreshing facial that is similar to treatments that you might receive in
Hawaii or other exotic locations. Strawberries are not only a juicy and nutritious snack; they can also be a powerful antioxidant for the skinís surface. You can whip up an exfoliant to smooth your hands and feet, or a cream to apply to oily skin.
Fresh ingredients are not only fun to grow in your own backyard; they can make up into some yummy skin care recipes as well. Grow your own garden of skin care ingredients, and watch your skin reap the rewards Ė so to speak. Happy harvesting!