10 Steps into Spring

At least the weather's better!  So maybe it's time to think about a how to you put your best face forward while the world outside puts on its bright Spring coat.

A few tips:

1.    Clear out your shelves:  skincare products do not last forever, however expensive they were in the first place.  Best to have fresh products for a fresh start.  Talk to us at Great Elm about your needs and we are usually happy to work out a good deal for you: info@great-elm.com or 01373 814607

2.    When you start to notice more of an oily feeling on your face, it is probably a good idea to start using a lighter moisturiser, or you might even want to try a face oil.

3.   Think about what you put in your body as well as on it. What you eat is crucial to skin health. It's a good time in late Spring time to take advantage of fresh, green vegetables and fruits - asparagus, baby greens like spinach, and strawberries.

4.    If you can, try increasing the organic foods in your diet. The fewer toxins and pesticides placed on your food items, the fewer residues left for your spleen and liver to process.

5.    A lot of people suffer allergies in Spring and there's already hay fever about.  Some people swear by local honey as a way of dealing with local pollen counts.  Others consult medical herbalists and other practitioners who will consider the whole you, not simply your symptoms.

6.    But there are simple precautions too: wash your hands and face and other exposed skin when you come in from a walk or gardening.  If your eyes feel puffy, fresh cornflower or juniper hydrosol on a cool cloth pressed to the lids can be soothing.

7.    It's quite possible that your skin is still suffering winter blues -- dry, scaly, rough, spots on heels, knees, and elbows as well as stressed-out, overheated, undernourished skin on your face and body. Think about giving yourself a skincare make-over: body scrub and massage. Brown sugar/olive oil/ginger body scrub: Mix 2 cups of brown sugar with 1 cup of olive oil and add a small amount of ground ginger. Mix well into a paste. Using circular motions, rub your entire body, paying special attention to elbows, heels, and knees. Wash off with Great Elm body wash.

8.    Treat yourself to a really good facial - cleansing, toning, and moisturising twice daily, every day, and then exfoliating with or without a mask about once weekly is probably the best routine.

9.    Home-made masks can be good (if a touch messy).  For normal to oily skin try Egg and orange face mask: mix 2 raw egg whites with 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice. Apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes until dry. Rinse well with warm water. For sensitive or dry skin try Honey and banana face mask: (one cup of honey mashed with a ripe banana.  Apply to face and neck;  let rest for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

10.  Knees, elbows, heels, and toes can also suffer from a winter in boots or heavy shoes: give them a soak and scrub and a good massage (Sage & Mint Foot & Leg Oil).

 

Great Elm Physick Garden: email info@great-elm.com or tel 01373 814607

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