DIY: Rhubarb & Maple Facial Exfoliating Mask

Fresh Rhubarb Stalks 

I was so thrilled to go out last month and discover the ruby red stalks unfurling in the garden. Rhubarb conjures up such great memories for me, mostly of my Grandmother. It seems that there was always a rhubarb plant tucked near the foundation of her house red and ready to eat. I loved just eating them raw like carrots and enjoying just how sour they could be. My Mom would treat us to warm rhubarb pies, and allow us to enjoy them as a special breakfast treat.

Topically, rhubarb offers Vitamin C and Lutein, both of which help protect the skin from UV radiation. Rhubarb also promotes collagen and elastin production and hydrates the skin. It is also a great source of silica and trace minerals.

This mask is a spring time garden meditation and also honors the sap moon. May you have as much fun as I did with this mask and your skin savor the tart sweetness. Here is the recipe, it makes enough mask for 1 or 2 people. It is not shelf stable, so use it all up or refrigerate.


You will need the following:

  • 2 TBSP chopped rhubarb
  • 4 TBSP maple sugar (or regular cane sugar)
  • 1 - 2 TBSP walnut oil, sunflower oil or other mild smelling vegetable oil

Slice one small rhubarb stem into pieces. Compost any strings that don’t want to be sliced. You can use fresh rhubarb or frozen.

In a blender or food processor, whirl rhubarb until it is chopped fine. Add maple sugar and 1 TBSP of oil. Empty into a small bowl. If you want, you can add more oil, depending on the texture and your skin desires. I have very dry skin, so I go for the added oil. You could also sub yogurt or a banana for the oil.

If desired, add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil. I adore the smell of rhubarb however, so I don’t want to mask the lovely smell. Ylang Ylang, rose or lavender would be perfect.

Apply the mask to your face with your fingers in a circular motion with a small amount of pressure, to benefit from the exfoliating properties of the sugar. Leave on for about 5 minutes. Ponder the life forces moving in the roots beneath you. Rinse off with warm water. If needed, use your favorite moisturizer, but if you use the added oil you won’t need it. I think the soulshine cream or soulshine ambrosial serum would be a great compliment to this fresh and lively mask!

As a bonus for those of you in the Northwest, I am going to be offering fresh facial masks at the McMinnville Public Market on Saturdays through the spring and summer. If you don't want to make this yourself, you can come on down and try the rhubarb maple facial scrub on the 24th of March!