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For the farm girl who has little time for self-care but is determined to make it a priority, DIY skin care is the ultimate solution. You can use herbs that you grow yourself, customize low-cost recipes to meet your needs, and make enough to last for weeks at a time.

Your skin is the largest organ you have, and it’s important to keep it healthy by not slathering it with unnecessary ingredients. This is especially important when it comes to your face, which has delicate skin and yet is also subject to a lot of wear and tear. Luckily, your face’s new best friend may be growing right in your garden.

Chamomile, that pretty and unassuming little flower, grows quite abundantly when properly cared for. This herb is a known calmative, and it’s just as calming when you apply it to your skin. Setting aside some flowers from your garden will allow you to make two simple products that both soothe and heal the face.

Lavender and Chamomile Face Scrub

This gentle facial scrub works well on all skin types. It exfoliates away dead skin cells and grime while also calming any irritation or redness. You only need a bit of this scrub at a time, but feel free to make extra batches for later. Customize it with the essential oil of your choice if lavender’s not your thing.

You need:

  • A round jar or pot
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp chamomile flower powder
  • Lavender essential oil

Use dried chamomile flowers to blend into a rough powder. You only need a teaspoon of powder for this recipe, but you can make extra to use for other things — like the tea for the recipe below!

Combine with the baking soda. Add lavender essential oil to your preferred strength, starting with one or two drops.

This mask can be combined with coconut or jojoba oil to make a more moisturizing scrub, or it can be applied solo to a wet face. Rinse thoroughly after use.

Aloe Vera and Chamomile Facial Spray

This soothing facial spray somehow manages to be both calming and refreshing. Rose hip oil provides a ton of vitamins and minerals and reduces signs of aging, while chamomile and aloe vera are natural anti-inflammatories. Chamomile also tones and reduces puffiness.

You need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Chamomile tea
  • Rose hip oil
  • Aloe vera

First, brew a small pot of chamomile tea to high strength — brewing it for about an hour is preferable.

If you have aloe vera growing, you can use a leaf from your own plant. Simply cut one large leaf and remove a small slice. Scoop out the gel and use as-is. If you don’t have a plant of your own, look for aloe vera leaves at a local health food store.

Fill the spray bottle about halfway to three-quarters full of chamomile tea. Add a few drops of rose hip oil. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with aloe vera and shake.

Use this spray after washing your face at night and throughout the day for a refreshing pick-me-up.

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Softer, Smoother Hands For Women Who Farm

Prolonged exposure to UV rays and environmental conditions inevitably make your hands rough and dry. From manure to harvesting, your hands work the most in the whole farming process. It’s quite obvious that performing your farming chores in harsh temperatures will never leave your hands the same as they were before, soft and smooth. Yet, what if I told you that you could still achieve that supple and smooth look and feel as before? Surprise right? Well, read on:

Moisturize to Get Wrinkle-Free Skin

With winter slowly approaching, you’ll still have to do field work and chores in unfavorable weather conditions. Constant exposure to dry weather, dirt and chemicals can damage your skin and cause dryness that will eventually result in wrinkly skin. Apart from that, you probably wash hands more frequently because of all that dirt and dust handling plants and whatnot. For smooth and silky soft hands, moisturize them with coconut or olive oil after every wash.

Cover your Hands to Protect Skin from Damage

Working under the sun all day long can sap moisture from your skin. Not to mention, the heat and UV rays are known to dehydrate the skin. Furthermore, working with your bare hands can make dry skin worse. Remember that prevention is better than treatment, so wearing gloves is the only way to cover your hands to protect them long-term damage. . I understand that you can’t wear them all the time while you are in the field, but you should still try keeping your hands covered for as long as you can. Also, try to keep gloves in your pocket so, you don’t forget to wear them.

Exfoliate your Hands to Reveal Young Skin

Exfoliating your face is crucial to eliminate dirt layers and excess oil. However, your hands also need the same process to get the fresh, youthful look back. Exfoliating your hands will remove the top layer of your skin, specifically the dead cells. This will help rejuvenate your skin while making it silkier than ever before. In case your hands are severely dry, using a pumice stone will work well to remove chapped skin. Furthermore, there are several natural scrubs that you can make at home and use to exfoliate your hands. The simplest, quickest and easiest one is a scrub made with sugar granules and olive oil.

Things you need to Protect your Hands From

Using synthetic soaps that include sulfates, fragrances and preservatives will make your skin dry. In addition to that, the antibacterial and foaming soaps also take away natural moisture and oils of your skin. Instead of using such soap, you must choose moisturizing cleansers.

Try and wear gloves when you’re working avoid using vinyl gloves and opt for light, flexible rubber gloves that let your skin breathe.

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