This is a quick and simple face pack courtesy of Josephine Fairley in The ultimate natural beauty book.

According to Ms Fairley, lettuce has “an amazingly skin-softening effect”.

Just cook 8 lettuce leaves (any type), washed, in 300 ml (1/2 pint) milk for about 3 minutes – don’t stir or they’ll disintegrate.

Strain off the liquid and keep to one side.

Layer the leaves over your clean face and relax for 20 minutes.

Remove the leaves and wipe over your face with cotton pads soaked in the milk you put aside.

Pat dry and moisturise.