Steps To Make Beauty Products For Face At Home
Think about it. Beauty products made at home will be totally natural, not tested on animals (your cat doesn’t count) and won’t contain any harsh chemicals or preservatives. Here’s how to indulge your inner beauty alchemist!
How To Make Cleansers At Home
1. Clean Sweep
One of the oldest methods of cleansing the face is with oil. This is especially beneficial for mature skins, which tend to be dry. Apply a thin layer of almond or sunflower oil all over your face, including the neck and eyelids, and gently rub in for a minute or two. Remove with cotton wool.
2. Radiance-Boosting Steam Clean
Pour boiling water into a basin. Add the juice of half a lemon and a splash of rosewater – you can even add some rose petals if you like. Hold your face over the steam (hang a towel over your head and the basin to trap the vapours) for a minute or two. Pat dry.
How To Make Facial Scrubs & Masks At Home
1. Oatmeal Exfoliator
Try this gentle exfoliator if you have sensitive skin: Combine two heaped teaspoons of oatmeal with two teaspoons double cream. Apply to the skin using a light circular motion to slough off dead skin cells, then rinse off.
2. Strawberry & Yoghurt Mask
Strawberries and yoghurt contain small amounts of fruit and lactic acids, which hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin. These mild acids also soften the appearance of pigmentation and may fade age spots over time. Evenly spread ¼ cup strawberry yoghurt (preferably organic) over clean skin, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then tissue off and rinse well.
3. Avocado Mask
To replenish tired skin, mash half an avocado and apply as a mask. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and a facecloth.
5. Lemon Lip Exfoliator
Mix together ½ teaspoon mayonnaise, ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ¼ teaspoon lemon juice until smooth. Gently scrub on lips with a soft toothbrush in a circular motion. The lemon juice will actually act as a mild peel for your lips and this scrub will slough off dead skin naturally.
6. Coffee Scrub
Combine 6 tablespoons ground coffee with ¼ cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil. The mixture should have the appearance of coarse mud. Apply a good dollop to your skin – body or face – and scrub. This scrub will stay fresh for two weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.
Note: The coffee grounds should be very fine. Put the grounds through a coffee grinder twice, if necessary.
7. Honey & Turmeric Blemish Paste
Mix two teaspoons runny honey with ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt and 1 teaspoon turmeric to form a fine paste. Apply to spots every evening and leave on for up to 30 minutes or even overnight.
8. Lip Softener
Apply almond oil to the lips and the surrounding skin to keep the area supple and hydrated.
9. Bright Eyes
Mix 2 teaspoons grated cucumber with 1 teaspoon powdered milk to form a thick paste. Close eyes and apply to upper and lower lids. Leave on for 10 minutes then wipe off gently with moist cotton wool.