Saturday, 12 April 2014

Spoil Yourself! - DIY Skincare (Part 1)


I've accumulated quite a few recipes for masks, scrubs and other treats for the skin, so I thought I'd share a few.


Banana Face Mask


Mash half a ripe banana until smooth and creamy. (The riper the banana the easier it is to mash.) Apply to the face a leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then pat dry.



Honey & Oatmeal Face Scrub

Mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of ground almonds and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal* with enough plain yoghurt to make a paste. gently massage into your face, then rinse off with warm water.

* If you don't have oatmeal it's easy to grind rolled oats in a coffee grinder to get the right texture



Detox Bath Salts


In a bowl combine 1/3 cup Epsom salt, 1/2 cup coarse sea salt, 2 teaspoons ground ginger and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add to running bath water and enjoy.



Calendula Oil for Dry Hands


Place 250mls of sweet almond oil and 50g of fresh calendula petals in a screw top jar and leave in a warm place (a sunny windowsill is fine) for at least three weeks. Give the jar an occasional shake during the 3 weeks. Strain through cheesecloth, coffee filter bag or fine sieve. The oil can be used daily to soothe chapped hands and will keep for several months in a well sealed jar. Store in a dry place out of direct sunlight.



Almond Meal Cleanser


In a small bowl combine 2 teaspoons of almond meal with enough water (for oily skin), milk (for normal skin), or cream (dry skin) to make a spreadable paste. Let it sit for a minute to thicken. Then, using clean fingers, spread onto a moistened face and throat and gently massage for 1 minute. Rinse with warm water. (Makes enough for one scrub).


Cucumber Eye Gel


You'll need 125g of aloe vera gel and half of a good-sized cucumber.

Wash, peel and cube the cucumber. Using a stick blender or food processor whizz the cucumber until liquid. Strain through a fine strainer or muslin to remove any bits. Put the aloe vera gel in a small bowl. Whisk in 2-3 tablespoons of the cucumber juice until well combined. Pour into a small jar and refrigerate.

To use apply a little under your eyes at night. This will last for 3 months if kept in the fridge.