infamous rose hip and petal skin care recipe that Bell learned from her
has been passed down to each generation in their family.
It is Bell's favorite natural skin care recipe because it does wonders for nourishing the skin and it can be adapted in so many different ways. She provides the basic recipe as well as suggests several different variations.
Bell explains that rose petals and rose hips share similar properties. Although she finds that of the two, rose hips offer a wider range of benefits for her skin.
The rose hip skin conditioning recipe is a year-round,
versatile rose skin care recipe that serves as the base for a multitude
of rose skin conditioning treatments.
Simply leave the rose hips on the rose bushes.
As an amateur herbalist, Bell's research reveals that this ancient ingredient has been since the stone age for a variety of reasons. As a facial treatment, rose hips have the ability to help regenerate new skin cells and has been used to treat scars, acne and burns.
They also have astringent properties, but do not dry out the skin; instead helping to keep the skin well hydrated. As rose hips have a high vitamin A content, commonly referred to as the "skin vitamin", it helps to regenerate skin cells, healing wounds and scars. It also helps to keep the skin elastic and nourished. This will not only work to help prevent wrinkles but can actually help to minimize existing fine lines and wrinkles.
She recommends waiting until early spring
before cutting the plants back to promote new growth and you'll be able
to harvest the rose hips all year long.
Rose Hip Skin Conditioner
Cook over low to medium heat for 30 minutes adding additional fresh citrus juice if necessary.
Cool then strain into a container, pressing mixture firmly through the sieve.
*This rose hip skin care mixture is the base that is used to make a variety of different rose skin care facial treatments.
Add additional freshly squeezed citrus juice for a rose hip toner, add kosher salt to a small amount of the mixture to create a rose scrub, or add one part rose hip mixture to one part almond or olive oil to make a moisturizer.
Bell also suggests that adding seasonal herbs to the base recipe can provide additional benefits for the skin. Try adding some rosemary leaves in the winter or fresh mint leaves in the summer.
As a powerful facial skin care ingredient, rose hips offer several benefits when used in a wide range of treatments. They work to:
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