Oatmeal for a cleanser
If harsh retinoids from anti-aging products have left your skin sensitive, swap your usual cleanser for this gentle oatmeal and honey scrub from board-certified dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD, founder of SKINxFIVE. Oatmeal and honey have anti-inflammatory properties, and honey has the added bonus of being an antiseptic. The lactic acid in yogurt, meanwhile, acts like a mild exfoliator. Grinding sunflower seeds packs a one-two punch too—the grounds have scrubbing power, plus you’ll release their moisturizing oils. “You want to add a little oil to it because you’re stripping the skin, so you leave it smooth but moisturized,” says Dr. Shamban. Grind a tablespoon each of oats and sunflower seeds in a blender. Combine the mixture with two tablespoons of yogurt and one tablespoon of warm honey. Gently scrub it onto your face, neck, or chest, and leave on for three minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Sugar for glowing skin
An exfoliating sugar scrub is a fun DIY addition to any at-home spa day, and it’s easy to make your own. Just mix one part olive or coconut oil with two parts sugar, adding a few drops of yummy-smelling essential oil if you’d like, says board-certified dermatologist Jessie Cheung, MD. “You can make a more therapeutic sugar scrub by adding ground oats and honey for additional hydration and calming,” she says. Learn more morning tricks for glowing skin.
Green tea for peely, red skin
Dr. Shamban recommends her calming green tea rose water mist for irritated skin. The green tea acts as an antioxidant, and the rose water is anti-inflammatory. “When skin turns red or peely such as from eczema or psoriasis, there’s underlying inflammation,” she says. “These support our natural system for mitigating the effects of free radical damage to the cells.” To make your own mist, steep two bags of green tea in half a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Take the tea bags out and mix in half a cup of rose water. Pour in a spray bottle to apply, and refrigerate the leftovers in a sealed jar.