All of those fresh fruits and vegetables that you strive to put into your body also do you a world of good outside your body. I’ve explored the aisles of my grocery store and incorporated those ingredients in a handful of easy-to-make skin care treatments.

Ever since my baby turned 6 months old, I've been having a great time exploring nutritious fruits and vegetables to introduce to him. I find myself getting lost in the produce aisle, looking for new produce that I can purée! This quest has actually inspired our whole family to create healthier, varied meals, by incorporating a variety of squash, vibrant greens like kale and broccoli, tropical fruit like pineapple, kiwi and mango and colorful root vegetables like beets and yams into our diet. It's definitely gotten us out of our pasta rut!

By exploring all of these delicious, mashed-up food combos, I've realized you can also find plenty of inspiration for your skin care routine. Here are a few easy recipes to cook up your own spa treatments in the kitchen. These natural treats will help your skin look refreshed and energized, and are easy to prepare while fixing up food for your family, too!

black tea

For tired, puffy, I've been up all night eyes:

Brew black tea in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Let the tea cool down to room temperature or chill in a refrigerator. Soak the cotton pads in the tea, close your eyes and the place the pads over eye area. Rest for 10-15 minutes as the pads reduce puffiness and under-eye circles.

sea salt

For sore, cracked, I've been running around all day feet:

Mix sea salt or kosher salt with olive oil. Add fresh mint or a few drops of peppermint oil. Massage into feet for an invigorating foot treatment.

honey and oatmeal

For dull, clogged, I haven't had a facial in six months skin:

Mix 1/4 cup of plain oatmeal, 2 tablespoons of pure honey and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk in a blender, then pour into a bowl. Blend 1/2 cup of almonds for 1 minute, then add in the oatmeal mixture and blend until smooth. Apply as a mask to cleanse face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well and moisturize.


For dry, brittle, my hair is always in a top knot tresses:

Mash up a whole avocado with 1 tablespoon of safflower oil and massage into clean hair and scalp. Wrap in saran wrap and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well.

Of course, if you're too busy to create your own spa treatments (or would rather have someone else do all the work!), there are many ready-to-use natural masks available that incorporate these healthy ingredients. One of my favorites is the Repêchage honey and almond scrub. Made with pure honey, oatmeal and almond, the mask helps purify and deep cleanse the skin — and still smells good enough to eat!

The fruits and vegetables that you put into your body also do you a world of good outside your body. I've incorporated those ingredients into a handful of easy-to-make skin care treatments.

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