Ah, endless summer. While we love all of the sunnin’ and funnin’ that comes with this season, it’s important to remember to treat your skin to much-needed TLC to prevent damages, dryness, and early onsets of aging. We’ve rounded up six everyday, affordable ingredients from past Willow and Sage issues that you might not know are seriously incredible at giving your skin a refreshed boost. Trust me, your skin will thank you!
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This triple threat ingredient is rich in vitamins, alpha hydroxy acid, and amino acids, all of which are essential to good skincare. We add goat’s milk soap to a Two-Ingredient Face Wash inside the Autumn 2015 issue for a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your face of natural moisture and nutrients.
What can’t this miracle fruit do when it comes to rejuvenating skin? Inside Willow and Sage Summer 2016, health and wellness expert Dr. Pragati Gusmano shares a recipe for a Skin-Brightening Kiwi Mask containing antioxidant and vitamin-rich kiwi. Kiwi’s natural enzymes help to revitalize dry skin, brighten your tone, and give you a natural glow — basically everything your skin craves during summer!
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Packed full of nutrient-rich vitamins, coconut oil is an extremely beneficial ingredient for your skin. In the Winter 2015 issue, Sonnet Lauberth shares her Citrus & Coconut Body Scrub recipe that is meant to leave your skin feeling silky-soft. It is perfect for sloughing away any dry, flaky skin. Plus, it smells delicious!
In Willow and Sage Summer 2017, Sarah Hauser creates a simple, yet beneficial Whipped Body Butter by combining apricot oil with mango butter. Apricot oil has a lipid content that is similar to your skin, which is why it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave you with that greasy feeling. Instead, you’re left with a silky smooth feeling because your skin will be more hydrated than ever.
Pumpkin is rich in Vitamins A and C, which both work together to smooth the skin and reduce damage produced by free radicals. While pumpkin is used to soothe dry skin, it may also be used to treat acne because it contains Zinc, which helps control hormone and oil levels. Kate Bello creates the perfect Antioxidant-Packed Pumpkin Seed Face Mask inside the Autumn 2017 issue that will leave your skin smooth and glowing!
Coffee is not just for drinking! A personal favorite ingredient of mine, coffee is full of antioxidants that prevent premature aging. Coffee grounds are the ideal consistency because they gently exfoliate dead skin leaving it smooth and glowing. Carlynn Woolsey makes a magical Sun-Kissed Skin Bronzing Cream in the Spring 2016 issue that will give your skin a natural, subtle glow.