Nourish your skin with natural homemade preparations that can be used to exfoliate, cleanse, tone, condition, heal and soothe.
Make your own products
Making your own herbal skin products is easy and rewarding . It is also a very practical way of avoiding exposure to undesirable and potentially harmful solvents, surfactants, silicone, artificial fragrances and other synthetic additives that are found in conventional products. And its a means of contributing to a healthier environment and saving money at the same time .
Below, I will be telling you about simple, effective step-by-step recipes for homemade creams ,scrubs, toner ,moisturiser ,masks, plus special treatments to solve specific problems such as acne.
Types of skin –
The homemade preparations vary with different types of skin. Today I will be telling you about the homemade preparation for normal skin and about rest of the others in the upcoming days .
Normal skin is soft and even textured with medium sized pores and is not too oily or dry . Wash with a gentle cleanse then a toner enhanced with herbs . Moisturise with a lightweight face serum or a cream moisturiser made with vitamins and plant oils.
- Cinnamon Scrub –
A gentle scrub that leaves your skin smooth and soft, this will brighten all skin types. The cinnamon has a mildly anti-bacterial effect. Almond meal soothes the skin and sugar removes dead skin cells.
- 2 tablespoons fine-ground almond meal
- 1 tablespoon rice flour
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- plain yoghurt
Preparation – Combine almond meal, rice, flour, sugar, cinnamon ina bowl . Add enough yoghurt to form a gritty paste .
Usage – To use, gently massage the scrub into dampened skin , then rinse off .
2. Green tea toner –
This blend is healing and mildly astringent . Vinegar restores the skin’s pH balance , the anti-oxidant rich green tea is calming and hydrating . Elderflower and fennel helps to reduce redness and inflammation.
- 1 tablespoon green tea
- 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon dried elderflower
- 125ml boiling water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerine
Preparation – Place the herbs in a bowl and cover with the boiling water . Cover bowl and leave the content to steep until water cools. Strain. Combine herbal water, vinegar and glycerine in a bottle.
Usage – To use, shake well. Saturate a cotton-wool ball with the liquid and wipe over skin after cleansing. Store toner in a refrigerator. Use within 15 days.
3. Floral milk –
Milk , nature’s own skin softener, contains lactic acid. this mild exfoliant gently lifts dead cells and tones your skin . Milk’s fat content acts as a moisturiser and soothes any irritation.
- 2 tablespoon dried rose petals
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile
- 90ml full fat fresh milk
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerine
Preparations – Place the dry contents in a jar . Add milk and glycerine and seal . Chill overnight in the fridge . Strain and pour into a airtight bottle.
Usage – To use, shake the bottle well and take few drops in a cotton . Wipe gently over skin 2 to 3 times , then rise . Store floral milk in the refrigerator. Use within 1 week .
4. Rose moisturiser –
- 250 IU vitamin E capsule
- 2 tablespoon rosewater
- 5 drops of rose essential oil
- 1000mg of evening primrose capsule
- 1 tablespoon rescue remedy ( from health food stores )
Preparation – Place both the contents of the capsule on top of a double boiler , set over simmering water . Stir until melted. Warm rescue remedy and rosewater in a separate saucepan. Remove oil mixture from heat and add warm rescue remedy mixture , beat it vigorously with a small whisk or electrical mixer set on low speed until cream thickens. Add essential oils and mix again. Allow it to cool before use.
Usage – To use, massage a small amount into skin. Store in cool place.
5. Cucumber and chamomile steam –
Cucumber has a cooling , mildly astringent effect , while chamomile softens skin.
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- boiling water
- 2-3 drops chamomile essential oil
- 1 small cucumber
- thinly sliced almond
Preparation – Place tea bags in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add essential oil and cucumber. Drape a towel over your head and shoulders to create a tent and lean over the steaming bowl , keeping your face about 10cm above the water. Close your eyes and stay leaning over the bowl for 5 to 10 minutes.
Usage – Splash your face and neck with cool water ; pat dry . Using a small amount of moisturiser, finish with a soothing massage.
6. Papaya mask –
This mask exfoliates and stimulates micro-circulation to the skin’s surface, resulting in a warm , rosy glow. Papaya contains papain , an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells . Honey helps skin to retain moisture . Yoghurt is a source of lactic acid and mild bleaching effect of lemon juice evens out skin tone .
- 90g ripe papaya , diced
- 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 drops orange essential oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- rice flour
Preparation – Mash papaya in a bowl . Add yoghurt, honey, oil and juice; mix until smooth . Add sufficient rice flour to form paste . Cover ; chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes .
Usage – Lightly remix and apply a thick layer to clean dry skin, covering face and neck but avoiding the eye area . Lie for 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry . Apply light moisturiser.
Basic tips –
Having flawless skin is what every woman wants to see every time they pass-by a mirror or their reflection. Here are some basic points which you must follow –
- Have a healthy meal
- Stay hydrated
- Know your skin type
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid sugars
- Wash your face before sleep
So these are my tips for people with normal skin type to get clear and flawless skin and I hope you do give them a go .
I will updating tomorrow about the homemade remedies for people with dry skin .
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