Rhubarb - for your face and your pots!

The next time you go to make a rhubarb pie, set some extra rhubarb aside and treat yourself to a brightening facial scrub. By the time that pie is ready to eat, you’ll have smooth, glowing skin!

As we age, skin cells regenerate less often than they use to and so we need to give them a little help. This gentle scrub (that also acts as a mask) will help to slough off dry dead skin cells, brighten the complexion, and give your skin a boost with a hit of vitamin C.

Rhubarb is high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which is a superstar for the skin. Not only does it act as an antioxidant and fight free radical damage caused by UV and environmental factors, it also stimulates collagen and elastin – which as we all know is pure gold for keeping skin looking healthy and youthful.

If you don’t like putting food on your face, another star quality of rhubarb is that it works wonders removing burnt stains and polishing stainless steel pots. Cut up 2-3 rhubarb stalks (including the leaves if you have them – just remember they are toxic and cannot be eaten!), toss into the pot, and add enough water to cover. Bring the water to a boil and leave on for 5 minutes. Turn heat off and let the pot sit for up to 30 minutes. Once the water has cooled, scrub the pot to a sparkling finish!

Brightening Rhubarb Exfoliant

  • 2 Tbs. Rhubarb puree – about 1-2 stalks 
  • 2 Tbs. rice flour
  • 1 Tbs. ground oats
  • 2 Tbs. grapeseed oil, or sweet almond oil

1. In a small food processor, or using a mortal and pestle, grind 1-2 raw ripened rhubarb stalk(s) – the pinker the stalk, the better! If the puree is a bit thick, add some water.
2. Mix puree with the rice flour, oats, and oil
3. Apply the exfoliant onto a freshly cleansed face, and gently massage in a circular motion
4. Leave on skin for 10-15 minutes
5. Before removing, wet hands and, once again, gently massage using circular motions
6. Rinse the exfoliant off, pat skin dry and follow up with moisturizer

About Seanna Cohen

Seanna Cohen is a holistic beauty advocate trained in skin care therapies and the founder of Elodie Beauty. She is also a Fresh City member and loves her weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and veggies!