The Facts
As much as I love eating fresh, clean foods, it’s really important to me to take care of my body inside and out. Sometimes we forget how many of Mother Nature’s creations can be used in other ways besides food. I try to buy natural skin products but sometimes I like to mix it up and make my own.

Let’s start with an ingredient used in both the scrub and the toner, Epsom Salt. If you missed my extremely long winded post about the benefits of Epsom Salts you can read more about it here. For now, I will give you the short version and point out just a few of the reasons why I incorporated it into these two skin care applications.

If you aren't familiar with Epsom Salt, it is not actually a salt. It is a mineral composed of Magnesium and Sulfate and can be used as a natural remedy for numerous ailments. There are many uses for this miracle mineral, in this case, it is used to draw out toxins from your body, improve skin conditions and eliminate bloating. I use this stuff all the time, it is really incredible. 


Cucumbers
The natural abundance of silica and antioxidants in cucumbers can do so many positive things for your skin. It can help sooth sunburns, brighten skin complexion, tighten pores, reduce puffiness, and fade freckles, scars and hyper-pigmentation.

Mint
Not only does mint provide an element of aromatherapy, but it also acts as skin soothing agent. It can sooth infected, itchy and enflamed skin caused by insect bites and acne. It contains salicylic acid and vitamin A which can strengthen skin tissue and clear skin ailments by reducing excess oils.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil provides a deep moisturizing element to the scrub. It helps strengthen your connective tissues and helps remove dead skin cells. Also, it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I love this stuff so much, I’ll be doing a post about why I put it in my coffee every morning, and you won’t want to miss that!



Cucumber Scrub
Now that you know about the benefits to these super foods, I’ll tell you how to mix them all together! Combine all ingredients, except for the salt, into a blender. Once completely mixed, pour the contents of the blender into a bowl and then add the salts. You can use it immediately but it does need to be refrigerated when it’s not being used. These lovely potions usually stay good for about 5-6 days.



Strawberries
Strawberries have great cleansing properties. Salicylic acid removes dead cells while tightening the pores. Ellagic acid, being an antioxidant, combats skin damage to maintain its youth and freshness.



Rose Water
It hydrates, refreshes, and cleans the skin plus it is like my favorite smell ever! I actually used a rose water from this place Daughter of the Earth Botanicals but regular rose water has the same effect.



Toner

Smash the strawberries in a bowl to extract the juice, I used a muddler, but a fork will do if you don’t have one. I didn’t put them in the blender because I use some of the larger chunks to exfoliate my skin. Add the rose water and Epsom salt to the bowl and refrigerate. I used the mix with my cleanser and then applied the liquid with q-tips to my skin before applying my moisturizer.