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In honor of Earth Day, here are tips to make your everyday life more eco-friendly.


Carmen Cherry, aesthetician at Zolton's Salon and Day Spa, is a vegan skincare expert that has shared recipes packed with natural ingredients from Mother Earth that are full of vitamins and antioxidants that naturally nourish skin. Become eco-friendly to your own body!


Here are some of her recipes:


1. Salad Greens Facial Mask

Use only organic ingredients in this facial rejuvenation mask.


1/4 cup dandelion greens

1/4 cup parsley

1/4 cup romaine lettuce

1/4 cup watercress

1/4 cup sunflower seed oil

Half a ripe avocado (optional)

A few drops of lemon or lime juice (optional, for scent)

1/4 cup of fennel (optional, for scent)

Wash and dry all the salad greens. Pulse a few times in a food processor. Slowly add the sunflower seed oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Allow the mixture to set for at least 10 minutes before application.


2. Sunflower Seed Exfoliator

Use this recipe for gentle exfoliation and skin moisturizing.


8 ounces ground sunflower seeds

4 -5 ounces sunflower oil

2 -3 drops of lemon, lime, fennel, or orange juice

Place whole sunflower seeds in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Combine ground seeds with oil. Massage onto skin.


3. Cucumber Toner

Cucumber extract contains high levels of antioxidants and reduces the production of sebum in oily skin. It inhibits dark spots and it good for acneic skin.It can be used as a toner or for eye and facial compresses.


2 organic English cucumbers

24 ounces of warm water


3 sprigs of fresh mint

Wash cucumber and pat dry. Slice cucumber (with peel on) paper-thin.  Add slices to sterilized container with warm water. Cover and shake container.  Let steep for 10 minutes. Make fresh daily.


The same ingredients can be used to make a pure cucumber juice concentrate by running them through a juicer.  The resulting concentrate should be kept in a sterilized container and can be added to many treatments, including clays and dry exfoliants.  This should also be made fresh daily.