natural beauty tips

Start Your Morning Off Icy Cold

I know the title of this post doesn’t sound pleasant, but I strongly predict this habit will quickly grow on you.

The habit I’m referring to is very quick and very easy — I start every single morning by splashing my face with ice-cold water about three times. So simple yet it makes a noticeable difference in terms of my alertness as well as the quality of my skin. The cold water is excellent for reducing puffiness, closing pores and getting the blood circulating, which all equate to a more radiant complexion.

Will you give this a try or maybe you already share this morning ritual with me?

(If ice-cold water is too much for you to handle, then try using cool)

Apple Ice Cubes

I recently came across this beauty tip from one of the masters of skincare, Ole Henrisken. You simply pour some apple juice in an ice cube tray and allow it to freeze. Then once you have frozen cubes, glide one over the surface of freshly cleansed skin for a minute or two. The frozen juice contains alpha hydroxy acid, which is naturally anti-aging and helps the skin’s renewal process.  Henriksen says, “it feels like a mini facelift!”

The cubes are also quite tasty to add to seltzer or to have on their own as a refreshing treat.

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Quick & Calming Facial Treatment

  • Make a cup of chamomile tea
  • Allow it to cool down so it’s very warm, but not boiling hot
  • Submerge a washcloth in the tea
  • Wring out the washcloth
  • Add a 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to the washcloth (*optional step)
  • Press the washcloth on your face and hold it there until the washcloth becomes cool

This is a great calming treatment that only requires water and a chamomile tea bag (and lavender oil if you like it/have it around). Chamomile has azulene, which is anti-inflammatory so it calms skin.