A Self-Care Routine for Spring

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Spring is the season of renewal and celebration. The world is once again fragrant and green, the days are milder, and even the occasional rain shower is welcome because it helps plants and flowers flourish. After a long winter spent studying garden books and seed catalogs, I’m ready to get my hands dirty. In this season of change, however, shifts in the weather affect not only the land around us, but also our own skin. Exposure to stronger sunlight, warmer temperatures, and higher humidity means our bodies produce more sweat and oil, and our hands quickly get rough from work.

With a few simple self-care tips, you can easily adjust from the dry winter months to a new spring skin routine. Remember to always use a good sunscreen when you’re outdoors. Consider a cotton neck scarf and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from the sun. To keep your nails clean and supported, scratch a bar of soap or a lotion bar made with beeswax and coconut oil before putting on your garden gloves. Finally, learn to relax and take healthy breaks to increase your energy level. Try the following recipes, and enjoy the way your new body-care routine leaves you feeling refreshed.

Seasons change and your skin care routine can, too. In Natural Beauty for All Seasons, natural beauty expert Janice Cox walks readers through 250 body, bath, and hair care recipes that they can make on their own during each season! Not one of the recipes calls for any more skill than being able to boil water. And an introductory section reveals what equipment is necessary and where needed ingredients can easily be foundJanice Cox is an author, the beauty editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, and a frequent speaker at Mother Earth News Fairs. These recipes are reprinted from her book, Natural Beauty for All Seasons, available below. Order from the GRIT Store or by calling 800-234-3368.

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