Springtime means dandelions. Soften your skin with this luxurious dandelion treat.
Dandelion has a soothing and toning property on the skin and it is a great addition to any facial treatment.
You can make an infusion (tea) of leaf and flower and apply it straight up with a cotton pad as a nice toner, or add a bit of the infusion when using any cleanser, scrub or mask. Dandelion infusion also works really well externally as a sunburn reliever and has been known to help clear up acne when taken internally as a tincture or tea (the root in particular).
My favorite way to enjoy dandelion in skin care is with a dandelion flower infused cream. It takes only minutes to make and is an absolutely luxurious, skin-softening treat! You can leave it on as a mask, but it can also be used as a gentle cleanser. The lactic acid in the cream gently exfoliates, smooths and softens skin to a petal-like feel.
I mixed this batch up with a little Johnny-Jump-Up (also known as a viola or European pansy) from our fairy garden since they also offer additional soothing properties and the fairy energy was calling to me!
This cream would also be amazing with the addition of rose petals or lavender buds.
DANDELION CREAM MASK
1 small handful dandelion flowers
Cream (the dairy variety - although you could experiment using coconut cream)
Place the handful of flowers in the top of a double boiler (or a pan that fits nicely inside of a larger pan, but does not touch the bottom). Fill the bottom pan with a few inches of water.
Add cream until the flowers are just covered. Warm the cream on low temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Strain the flowers out through a fine sieve and apply the cream to freshly cleansed skin with a cotton pad or cotton ball. Leave on for 15 minutes, remove with a warm damp cloth and a few splashes of warm water, followed by your favorite toner and moisturizer.
Touch your baby-soft face:)