The Farmer’s Market is my favorite place to shop for fresh ingredients. Filling up my basket, always inspires gorgeous meals and wellness in my home. What we can do is take this experience of food and nourishment – and extend out into our skincare as well. In this article, you’ll learn how to use farmer’s market ingredients to create your own healthy skincare remedies at home.
And this idea, of using real food to care for our skin, is different – but definitely not new! There’s rich history, beautiful traditions and time-tested remedies that we can bring into our everyday lives – and totally transform the way we feel.
Let’s look at four common ingredients that you can find in a farmer’s market – to care for your self in a way that nourishes you deeply, from the outside-in.
header photo credit: with love from Kat
Citrus, for the rinds
Zero-waste skincare at it’s best! Use the zest of lemons, oranges, grapefruit and limes to make skincare. The rinds contain a higher percentage of Vitamin C than the actual fruit – which is an important antioxidant that boosts collagen production. The rind also contains the essential oils – which have antibacterial and astringent properties – and aromatherapy that helps us to manage stress in a healhty way.
Before you slice the fruit open, first zest it. Add the zest to a jar of brown sugar – and continue collecting zest this way in the jar. When you are ready, you can scoop out the citrus infused brown sugar and use it to make your own body scrub.
If its the season, bring home strawberries and raspberries and blueberries to create your own natural fruit acid face masks. They work to naturally exfoliate, unblock pores, stimulate cell turnover, improve circulation and reveal fresh, glowing skin.
Wash the fruit and place in a dehydrator. Then grind into a powder – and store the powder in the freezer. It will last for up to 6 months. You can activate 1 tbsp of berry powder with water, to create a fresh face mask as you need!
photo credit: leo patrone photograpy
Honey has such an affinity for the skin – it provides the nutrition that builds healhty skin. When you include honey into your “skincare diet” it helps to support healhty aging, and the healing of acne and inflammatory conditions like eczema. Traditionally honey was used topically to treat cuts and wounds, its very antibacterial, soothing and promotes cell-regeneration.
Because of its antiseptic qualities, honey can be used as a face wash, which is my favorite way to recommend it! Apply honey onto your skin, about 15 minutes before taking a shower and wash off in the shower.
Your skin will feel amazing!
Kefir is probiotic skincare, that supports the health of your skin. Its loaded with lactic acids, and in a similar way to fruit acids – it gently exfoliates. But the difference you’ll feel is that kefir’s natural fat content works to soften and moisturise your skin too. If you get congested pores, or dryness on your skin – kefir face masks will be amazing for you.
If you ever see a kefir maker at your farmer’s market, do talk to them and bring some home! Apply kefir directly to your skin, painting it on. Wear for 15 minutes and then wash off.
At the farmer’s market you get a connection with food and the people behind the food – that you just can’t get at the supermarket (or beauty counter). I’ve talked to fruit farmer’s, beekeepers, florists, people who make their own skincare products – and I always come away learning something new.
Those connections are part of what nourishes us too!