Many natural ingredients have skin-soothing properties. Fennel is good for sensitive skin, while chervil helps moisturize dry skin.
Sugar makes a gentle facial scrub that freshens and stimulates skin, and it is gentle enough to use on delicate skin types. Mix in your favorite herb or flower petals for scent. Makes 8 ounces.
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1/4 cup dried flower petals or herb leaves, such as rose, lavender or basil
1. Mix sugar and dried petals or herbs in a clean, dry, glass jar. Cover with a tight fitting lid or plastic wrap and set aside in a dry spot for a few weeks.
2. To use, pour a small amount of scented sugar into the palm of your hand and mix with water or your favorite cleanser. Massage onto face and rinse well with warm water.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty At Home (Henry Holt and Company, New York). For more information and recipes visit her website at www.herbcompanion.com/contributors
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