Posts tagged ‘homemade beauty remedies’

Anti-ageing face mask

A quick face mask to make from 3 ingredients.

You will need:

2 tsp green clay

1 tbs argan oil

1 tbs rosewater

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and apply in a thick layer to clean dry skin. Leave on for 10 mins then rinse thoroughly.


Beauty uses of coriander

I love the smell (and taste) of fresh coriander leaves and use the ground seeds regularly in cooking.

But I knew nothing of its beauty secrets until I read this article”How to have beautiful skin with coriander leaves and seeds” in The Statesman online.

With various recipes for coriander masks for radiant skin, for cooling the skin and for preventing wrinkles, there are also treatments for sunburn and skin irritations.

So whether you grow this versatile herb in your garden or get it fresh from you local supermarket, give some of these recipes a try.

Homemade beauty

I’m a big fan of making my own cosmetics (check out the section on Homemade beauty remedies), mainly face and body creams, and more recently a foray into soap-making (must get back to that, I’ve run out of my home-made supply!), so I enjoyed reading this article from the Telegraph about self-taught Alex Brennan, passionate about homemade natural products.

Yes, it’s me with cucumbers on the eyes and lettuce on the rest

The article even includes a few ideas to get you started, including an easy blusher using just three ingredients!

Just click on the link below.

Homemade facial steam

After cleansing your face, pour hot water into a large bowl, drape a towel over your head and let your skin absorb the steam for just five minutes.

It’s the  ideal thing for opening up pores to help draw out embedded dirt.

For an aromatic rejuvenating steam add some garden herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender or mint to the water.

Nail detox

Nail polish overload?

For beautifully white, stain-free, varnish-free nails this summer, rub your naked nails (on top and underneath) with half a fresh lime, then soak in some dissolved bicarbonate of soda for a few minutes.

Your nails will be like new!

Soothing Calendula recipes

Like Marie from Humblebee and Me, I’m a big fan of calendula and have some growing in the garden – here’s the proof!

Marigolds (calendula) in my garden

In fact with the lovely Spring weather we’re experiencing here in Bordeaux, I have plenty in flower at the moment (time to make some infused oil…).

So I am definitely taking note of this collection of recipes using calendula from Humblebee and Me – some may seem a bit complicated but if you tweak the ingredients a bit, you’ll find they’re not so hard.

And check out my own step-by-step guide to infusing your own oil here, and my “magic” cream (magic because it heals a variety of skin complaints), a simple but effective calendula skin balm.

Calendula macerated oil


Happy skincare DIYing!

Tea-time beauty

I can’t do without my morning cuppa, but did you know the humble tea bag can provide you with a number of beauty benefits?

From use as a toner, de-puffing eyes (that’s a well-known one), to a hair brightener, check out these ideas from one of my fave beauty blogs, hello glow (formally hello natural, they seem to like changing their name every year…):

7 Beauty Products To Replace With Tea