Yesterday morning I decided to go for a run along the river, and I thought to myself Oh hey! I think it’s warm enough to don my shorts today!  After finding them in the bottom drawer buried under sweatshirts and long johns, I put on my running shorts, laced up my sneakers, and ran out the door. Down the sidewalk I bounded, happy to feel the sunshine on my skin for the first time this season. Along the way, I stopped to tie my shoe, and, in doing so, came face to face with my bare shins. Gasp! They were looking pretty shabby and neglected—pale, dry, and in need of some TLC. After wrapping up my run, I wrote to my friend and neighbor Adina Grigore (of S.W. Basics) to ask if she had any good skincare recipes to get me glowing again. Well of course she did! And in no time I had a recipe for a gentle exfoliating mask made from simple, basic ingredients (and on a sidenote, it actually sounds like it could be good on a slice of toast!).

Now let’s get glowy.

Adina Grigore’s “It’s Spring So Let Your Skin Know It” Mask


“We all know you let your skin hibernate through the whole winter. Now you’re suddenly panicked because it looks… well, like you let it hibernate through the whole winter. A kickass mask will shed the layer of skin that needs to be shedded, and allow a new glowy layer to shine through.”

1 Tbsp. mashed chickpeas from a can, or cooked chickpeas, or chickpea flour
1 Tbsp. olive or coconut oil
1 tsp. honey
optional: squeeze of lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit!

Combine chickpeas and olive oil first, then stir in honey. Add squeeze of citrus. Apply as exfoliant, gently scrubbing then rinsing, or leave on as a mask for up to 30 minutes. This will shed the top sad winter-damaged skin and rejuvenate and brighten your new rosy face! It’s super gentle, kills bacteria, moisturizes, and resets your oil production. All in one treatment. Should give you one or two uses. Follow with a light moisturizer.


Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, Adina!
I feel shiny and new.

HEY NEIGHBORS! Do you have a recipe to share? Send it my way to and I’ll post it on Greenpointers.  Even if it’s a ham salad. Especially if it’s a ham salad.

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

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