Posts from the ‘Homemade beauty remedies’ Category

Fast fixes for radiant skin 1

Run a basin of hot water (not boiling) and add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil.

Place a bowl of iced water nearby, with a couple of drops of lemon essential oil added to it.

Soak a face flannel in the hot lavender water and press into your skin. Breathe deeply for 3 seconds.

Then soak another flannel in the iced lemon water and press into your skin, again for 3 seconds.

Repeat this process for one minute.

The thermal rotation of hot and cold helps tone, decongest and brighten the facial tissue.

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Natural bath milk

A natural bath milk is easy to make.

Whizz up one cup of powdered milk, half a cup of oatmeal, half a cup of bicarbonate of soda, a sprig of dried lavender and the contents of two camomile teabags in a food processor.

Decant into a lidded glass jar (try a clean jam jar).

Swirl half a cup into your bath under warm running water.

Chocolate coconut sugar scrub

Good enough to eat, this simple scrub using cupboard ingredients.

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1 cup coconut oil (solid)

1 cup almond oil

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients together. Use in the shower but be CAREFUL not to slip and be sure to clean the bath/shower to ensure no oily residue.

Coconut Aloe cleansing balm

This is definitely on my to-make list before I go off on holidays.

Coconut Aloe Cleansing Balm - a deep cleaning oil cleanser made with virgin coconut and aloe

An easy-to-make cleansing balm from  The Natural Beauty Workshop.

Just click on the link below:

Coconut aloe cleansing balm

Melon after-sun cooler

Temperatures have soared dramatically in France this week.

So who got sunburn?

Of course you can reach for an after-sun cream from your local chemist’s to soothe your damaged skin.

Or you can massage in some homemade calendula-infused balm (see recipe here).

Here’s another homemade solution to calm the fire, using in-season melon.

Melon is rich in vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, B9 and E. It also has a refreshing action on the skin.

You will need: 2 tbs milk, 1 tbs yellow/orange melon flesh, 1 tsp almond oil.

Method: Whizz all the ingredients together in a food processor, then apply the paste to sun-burnt areas. Leave for 20 mins then rinse off.

If you’ve already eaten your melon for lunch/dinner, rub the inside of the skins on the sun-burnt areas for an instant cooling effect.

And next time DON’T FORGET THE SUNCREAM!

Avocado face mask

Superfoods aren’t just for eating!

For 2 masks, you need:

1/4 ripe avocado

1 tsp thick honey

1 tsp egg white

1/2 tsp matcha powder

Grind all the ingredients in a pestle and mortar until smooth, then place in the fridge for five minutes to chill.

Apply evenly on skin and leave for 10 minutes.

Wipe off using a warm, damp cloth and then moisturize with a little coconut oil.

Keep remaining mix covered in the fridge for up to one day (use a little lemon juice to refresh if needed).

Source: Healthy magazine

Natural bath milk

A last minute present for Mother’s Day??? Choose a pretty jar, and wrap in ribbons. Voilà!

In a food mixer, whizz together:

1 cup powdered milk

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda

a sprig of dried lavender

the contents of 2 camomile tea bags

Decant into a lidded glass jar (a jam jar is fine)

Swirl half a cup into your bath under warm running water.