3 Herbs for Glowing Skin this Summer (& DIY Recipes)

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The summer isn't over just yet.

The sun hits the skin a little differently during the summer season. You look like you are glowing like an angel. Everyone loves glowing, smooth skin. Who wouldn't?

Do you have hyperpigmentation? How about dry and dull skin? Try incorporating these herbs into your daily or weekly skincare routine to brighten your skin and give you an angelic glow, like a glazed donut.

Here are three herbs that you should add to your skincare routine this summer for glowing skin:

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is THAT GIRL, okay?!

Turmeric is a powerhouse spice that should be the first ingredient in your skincare routine. This spice has been used in Ayurvedic, Unami, Siddha, and traditional Chinese medicine for decades. While it is used in many Indian and Asian dishes, it can be used topically. Turmeric is a root, or rhizome, containing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. Due to these properties, it has been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Other uses include treating wounds, dark under-eye circles, and lightening dark spots. Throughout history, Asian women would apply turmeric to their faces to give them a "golden glow." If you want an even or improved, glowing skin tone, this is the spice for you!

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2. Lemon Peel 

Did you know that this common fruit can be used for topical remedies? This fruit contains twice as much vitamin C as oranges. It has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. While it is used internally for colds, flu, prevention, varicose veins, and more, it can be used on the skin to treat acne, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and boost natural radiance. Also, the acid present in the lemon aids in cleansing and lightening the skin.

So next time you throw out your lemon peels, consider dehydrating them and using them for a DIY face mask! (See below for the recipe)

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3. Calendula 

The beautiful English Marigold is cleansing, detoxifying, and healing. Calendula is an effective treatment for wounds, burns, boils, acne, rashes, and fungal conditions such as ringworm. Along with turmeric and lemon peel, this flower is anti-inflammatory and has volatile oils to aid in healing the skin. Historically, calendula was used as a tea, infused oil, tincture, cream, poultice, or ointment. However, today we are going to be focusing on a tea infusion.

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Below are some DIY recipes to incorporate into your skincare routine for smooth, bright, glowing skin. Happy DIY'n Groovy Angels! 



#1: Detox Face Mask

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of Aztec bentonite clay  
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric root powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or spring water

Optional: You can add a teaspoon of activated charcoal for extra detoxing benefits

CAUTION: Do not use metal utensils or bowls with bentonite clay. Use plastic, bamboo, or silicone material only 


  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until it is a smooth paste.
  2. Apply an even layer of paste to your face (or your trouble areas such as armpits, neck, and inner thighs) for at least five minutes. If you do not have sensitive skin, leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Carefully wipe off with a warm rag.
  4. Rinse skin with cool water.
  5. Follow up with a gentle moisturizer. 

Tip: Use the calendula tea on your skin before applying moisturizer  


#2: Turmeric and Honey Mask 

What you need: 

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon peel powder
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey  

Directions: Mix all ingredients until well combined into a smooth or jelly-like consistency. On damp clean skin, evenly apply the mask and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm or cool water. Follow up with a gentle moisturizer. 


#3: Calendula Tea Refreshing Mist

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of dried calendula flowers 
  • 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers
  • Spring water or distilled water

Directions: Boil 8 ounces of water. In a mug, pour boiling water over dried calendula and chamomile flowers. Cover to keep all volatile oils inside the tea, and let steep until cool. Strain the tea and transfer it into a spray bottle. Now you have a cooling and refreshing tea to use for your face.

Tip: This tea MUST be refrigerated and used within a week of making, or you can put it into an ice cube tray to make ice cubes and use one ice cube at a time. The ice cubes can be kept in the freezer for up to 12 months, but I don't recommend using the tea for more than 3-4 months to ensure you get all the benefits. 


If you do not want to make these DIY recipes or want an extra boost, try Vania Essentials' cold-pressed face and body soap bar made with turmeric, calendula, lemon peel, and other ingredients to give you glowing and clear skin. This soap and more skincare are available here to add to your skincare routine.

Try incorporating at least one of these three herbs: calendula, turmeric powder, and lemon peel, into your skincare routine to give you radiant and clear skin! 



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