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DIY Skincare: Rasberry skin brightener (Contains AHA’s)

This is an old favourite of mine. My friend and I used to make this when we were 14 before the kiddie disco on a Friday evening, ah the memories (at that time I took my fashion inspiration from the Spicegirls, Baby Spice to be exact).

This recipe is best suited for normal to oily skin which makes it great for  those prone to breakouts. You only need three ingredients, occasionally I have done it with only two (leaving out the essential oil). This recipe contains AHA’s and lactic acid. The AHA’s in the raspberries act as a gentle exfoliator and the lactic acid in the yoghurt (yes, that’s how we spell it this side of the Atlantic) brightens the skin.

  • 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt
  • 75g raspberries
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

Mash up the raspberries or pop them into the blender. Sieve the pulp over a bowl. Add the flesh of the rasberries and the seeds into the yoghurt with 2 drops or sweet orange essential oil. Cleanse your face, apply the mixture all over, leaving the eye area clear. Put your feet up for 20 minutes. Rinse the mask off with warm water and a pat with a damp muslin cloth (if you use an ordinary face cloth be very gentle). Avoid rubbing your skin dry, instead pat.

Click here to read about the wondrous effects of AHA’s  on our skin

Do you have any skincare rituals? Which Spicegirl were you? hee hee

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  • Lillian

    Ooh i bet this smells amazing! If you got hungry you could always havea lick :P Sadly i have dry skin so tis probably won’t work too well for me.

  • Selina

    I wish I had the courage to try this. I just really really don’t like yogurt and putting on my face just seems even more icky to me. =/

    I’ll just use the excuse that I have dry skin. =)

    • Amy

      @Selina haha You have to be willing to get messy to go homemade I think, I hate getting stuff on my hands!!

  • Erin

    Where do you get your muslin cloths? You’ve inspired me to try them…I’m just not sure where to look for them. (I’m in the US)

    A few times a week I use Ponds cold cream as my night time “face wash”. I was worried it would make my pimple-prone skin break out, but it hasn’t yet (been doing this for months now). I leave on for 5-10 min and wash off with a damp, warm wash cloth (hence where the muslin would be preferable). It gets off all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling hydrated like nothing else (MUST use wash cloth of some kind though, or else it leaves a greasy residue).

    • Amy

      @Erin The body shop sell them I think. My grandmother swears by ponds cream. A muslin cloth would be perfect for removing that residue :)

  • Lyndsey

    I use a foaming cleanser by Madara, then exfoliate using Bi-Carb – never found anything else that works as good, so thanks Amy for that great tip.
    I then smoother my face in Manuka honey and leave it on for about 15 mins. To finish off I do a mini facial massage, with Bio-Oil for about 5 mins, and just leave that on for the night. A bit of L’Occitane Immortelle night eye cream keeps the fine lines to a minimum!
    It’s not a special routine by any means, however, it works for me and it’s as chemical free as I can get!

  • Tricia

    I was always Ginger Spice! My sisters would switch it up, but I was loyal. :)

    I love to scrub up with Keihl’s Pineapple Enzyme scrub, then apply their Rare Earth mask, then sit in a hot tub with a Lush Avobath bomb!

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