Morgan Pegnone

  • Morgan Pegnone

STARTING A BEAUTY GARDEN


If you’re someone who prefers natural or organic facial masks, without paying a pretty penny, you’re in the right place. Some facial masks can be expensive and also containing ingredients you’ve never heard of. Growing a beauty garden gives you fresh and organic produce to use on your skin + hair in addition to your kitchen.

I’ve created a list of items that you can pick and choose to grow depending on your preference. At the end of the article, I have also included a infographic including DIY masks with some of the ingredients below.


There are many fruits, vegetables, herbs & spices that aren't listed but are also beneficial when applied topically. Due to some of the growing conditions, I have left them off the list. The list below contains ingredients that most people can grow at home.



FRUITS

Not only are they delicious but they’re loaded with vitamins that contain powerful antioxidants to help against free radicals. (think pollution, UV rays {the biggest contributor}, smoke, poor diet, etc.)


Strawberries & Raspberries: High in vitamin C which helps brightens dull + uneven skin, reduce fine lines.


Blueberries: Contains vitamins A, C, & E. This stimulates the production of new cells, helps with hyper-pigmentation, and is an anti-inflammatory.


Red Grapes: The skin of these fruits used for wine contains Resveratrol. Based on Nancy Bliss's book "Simply Beautiful Skin", in recent studies they can be up to 58% more efficient than vitamin C in antioxidant abilities.


Avocado: If you’re lucky enough to grow one (even a mini tree), they are loaded with fatty-acids & vitamin E that deeply moisturize and relieve inflammation. It’s perfect for dry and sensitive skin.


Lemons: also has high levels of vitamin C for brightening & detoxing effects.



VEGETABLES


Cucumber: With its high water content it contains vitamins A & K (reduces blood vessels to applied area which is great for under-eye circles & cooling the skin)*


Sweet Potatoes: An excellent source of vitamin A & potassium (improves skin texture + a great alternative if you don't have cucumbers)


Pumpkin: contains fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) that help with cell turnover, and fatty acids. It’s also packed with vitamins A & C. Say hello to glowing gorgeous skin!


Kale: has high levels of vitamins A, C, + K as well as minerals: calcium, potassium + iron. It promotes healthy circulation and helps delay the signs of aging. They also contain zeaxanthin (a carotenoid: the pigment in plants) which also has antioxidant properties. (it’s basically a super-food against fighting the signs of aging.)*



HERBS, PLANTS & SPICES


Mint: helps reduce redness and irritation while giving the skin a cooling effect.


Ginger: Not only does it soothe an upset tummy - it’s filled with antioxidants & helps improve elasticity + skin tone.


Turmeric: has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is ideal for acne yet gentle enough for sensitive skin. (it can leave a yellow residue or temporarily stain the skin - use with caution.)


Aloe Vera: not only does it have a huge cooling effect on the skin, it also hydrates + moisturizes.


Witch Hazel: when used as an extract or hydrosol it can be used for acne and inflammation. Please be advised: some witch hazels that can be purchased in stores have over 50% alcohol due to government regulations that require a three year shelf life. Make sure to buy alcohol-free and check the ingredients to verify.*


Chamomile: due to its soothing and anti-inflammatory abilities, this makes it perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.


Lavender: while containing soothing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties it also helps balance oil production.*


Rose: also hydrates, soothes, & has anti-inflammatory properties when used in rosewater or other topical treatments.



OTHER

Honey: I understand not everyone has the ability to do this due to space, inexperience, or other reasons. (If you are interested in harvesting your own honey I will be doing a guide on this in the upcoming spring.) Honey has anti-septic, anti-inflammatory + anti-bacterial benefits. While also moisturizing it can help fade scars & and give you glowing skin.


Now onto the fun part!


See below for the different DIY masks you can do with ingredients listed from above.


*Information can be found from Nancy Bliss's "Simply Beautiful Skin:Minimize Your Skincare Routine-Maximize the Results" Her book is extremely helpful when learning about natural ingredients & how they affect your skin.



If you want to see more DIY beauty tutorials leave a comment on the blog page!


Until then,




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