let the sunshine in…

i know i am supposed to wear sunscreen.
and a hat.
and light clothing that covers and protects my skin while out in the sun.

however…

one of the things i love about the warmer months is that i can just throw on a sundress & my chucks, and run out the door…and honestly, too often i can’t be bothered with much more than snagging a cup of joe on my way out to enjoy the sunshine. right or wrong, that’s often how it goes! so whether you’re an ardent sunscreen slatherer, or tend more toward the sun-god/sun-goddess like me, i want to at least encourage you to nourish your skin in the coming summer months!

a note on sunscreen:
i know one thing that makes me wary of sunscreen is all of the chemicals in many brands, but in the spirit of encouraging serious skin health, please feel free to leave recommendations for good natural sunblocks in the comments section!

the two recipes below are good for adding moisture and emollience to the skin, as well as for exfoliation.

avocado butter mask
1 ripe avocado
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp evening primrose oil
1 tsp plain yogurt

puree ingredients in a blender. place a warm washcloth over a clean face to prep the skin. apply the mask and let set for 10 minutes. wipe off with a moist cloth, and moisturize.

cranberry enzyme mask
1/2 c chopped cranberries
1/2 c seedless grapes
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 pack gelatin

mix ingredients in a blender for 20 seconds. place in a refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to set the gelatin. when mix is slightly firm, apply to face and let sit for 10 minutes. rinse with warm water.

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