Natural skin recipes to battle harsh summer chemicals

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by Katie Dalton, BS, A.C.E. / Special to azfamily.com

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Posted on July 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

PHOENIX -- This summer, look for the most pure ingredients to nourish your weathered skin during this extreme heat. Although there are some wonderful natural products on the market, your kitchen also has a lot to offer. Follow the steps below to create your own D.I.Y. "skin food" to beat the summer heat.

Step 1: Choose a healthy oil
Even though it may seem counter-intuitive to put oil on your skin, there's good reason for it. As you age, the integrity of your skin's cell membranes, which are composed of lipids, declines. Healthy cell membranes are what allow the cells to stay plump, full of water and nutrients. By applying essential fatty acids onto the body, you're literally feeding your skin! For all ingredients, choose organic whenever possible.

-Virgin coconut oil
-Extra virgin olive oil
-Argan oil
-Vitamin E oil
-Jojoba oil
-Sweet almond oil
-Grapeseed oil
-Avocado oil
-Hemp seed oil

Step 2: For a more desirable scent, add a few drops of an essential oil. Try adding 4-7 drops per ounce of oil.

-Geranium
-Eucalyptus
-Tea Tree
-Peppermint
-Rose
-Rosemary
-Chamomile
-Palmarosa
-Lemongrass

You can also make your own face mask with oatmeal, avocado and honey. And for a body scrub, mix olive oil brown sugar and vanilla.

Tips:
To prevent any unexpected allergic reactions, perform a skin patch test before applying to the rest of your body.

Store in a reusable glass jar or container. These also make wonderful gifts!

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