Food for Your Face

Cucumber Mint Facial Tonic

In Aruyveda medicine, the belief of not putting anything on your face that you wouldn’t put in your body is a is a basic tenent. Several months ago, I wrote on super foods that we should all incorporate into our bodies. A lot of these foods make wonderful facial masks and help improve your skin. As I make my own face toner, I reflect on the benefits of the ingredients for my body. The recipe I’m providing comes from a local who taught classes on natural skin care. So, for you do-it-yourself-ers I have provided the recipe to make your own facial toner to help tighten your pores and nourish your skin at the same time.

    Cucumber Mint Facial Tonic

(Use Daily)

½ cucumber with peel, chopped
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or witch hazel
2 tablespoons distilled water
6 tablespoons fresh mint (optional)

Note: oily skin add lemon, sensitive skin use aloe

Blend ingredients, strain with cheese cloth, and pour into glass jar for regular use. Refrigerate or freeze extra into ice cubes. Shake vigorously before applying to face with cotton ball since separation can occur. This tonic can also be used to soothe skin after shaving and help prevent irritation underarms.

About Sharon M., MS RD

As a registered dietitian and a master gardener, I know the healing power of food. Nothing has given me more satisfaction than growing my own food. I have experience working in the public health field, including school districts. I have worked with pregnant moms, children, diabetics, and bariatric patients. I emphasis a plant-based, whole food diet. Yet, I appreciate the movement of eating sustainably, while hoping folks appreciate the bean as a source of protein. "To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld "Feeding is going well if both you and yor child are having a good time." -Ellyn Satter
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