It’s been a while since I posted a ‘make your own skincare’ post. This recipe is perfect for this time of year and is suitable for all skin types. It gently exfoliates whilst brightening, toning and clarifying your skin.
What you need
- Still bottled water
- 1 large egg white
- Half of a lemon
*Optional – Witchhazel or rosewater (from you local health shop)
Beat the egg white until it forms stiff peeks.
Squeeze one teaspoon of lemon juice from the lemon.
Gently fold the juice into the egg white. Apply it to your face and neck, leave it for 2o minutes to work its magic. Rinse with lukewarm water and a muslin cloth (or cotton wool pads), pat dry.
If you have any witch hazel or rosewater you can dab some on the skin. Follow with your moisturiser.
This mask last 6 hours in the fridge. I tend to make a batch when I have someone to share it with. Once a week will do it!
As a hair stylist, my Dad has always grumbled about the promises made on anti-dandruff shampoo advertisements. His best friend, a trichologist (hair scientist) also agrees that using anti-dandruff shampoo is a viscous cycle that will lead to you buying hundreds of bottles of the stuff in your life time.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that I understand the science because I don’t but I trust their judgement! I suppose it makes sense – Using harsh shampoo chemicals on your sensitive scalp every time you wash your hair will keep your poor head sensitive long term – even if you do get a few days relief. Maybe a long term approach to scalp health could alleviate the problem.
If you are interested in trying a natural herbal solution then this recipe might be of use to you. The shampoo contains eucalyptus and tea tree which both have microbial properties that control fungus. They help to clean the scalp and facilitate healing.
A note on packaging – I always keep an eye out for pretty or usual bottles and jars so that I can make a batch for friends and family. I usually store my own in pretty containers, it feels more luxurious.
- 50ml Water
- 8 drops tea tree essential oil
- 12 drops lavender essential oil
- 12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 50ml mild natural shampoo (I bought an organic version on ebay – or try your local health shop)
Mix the apple cider vinegar with the essential oils. Shake well to disperse. Add the natural shampoo and the water and shake once more.
I hope that this was helpful!
It has been a while since I posted a DIY Skincare piece. I thought I would share the recipe for a scrub I made myself this week.
My skin has been very sensitive and irritated lately, you gotta love hormones, so I need something extra gentle but still effective.
This scrub is very easy to make, polishes the skin but doesn’t strip moisture.
All you need:
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 12g wheatbran
- 25g ground oats
- 115ml yoghurt (made from whole milk)
Mix the almond oil, honey and lavender oil in one bowl (not plastic). Then combine oats, bran and yoghurt in another bowl. Add one bowl of ingredients to the other.
Apply to damp skin. Massage well but be gentle, rinse with warm water and pat your skin gently with a towel to dry.
I had some left over so I kept the remaining mixture in a glass jar in the fridge. I used the rest the following day.
My skin is super soft today – no kp breakouts, no tightness and no irritation. I think I’ll make up another batch early next week until my skin has calmed down.
This scrub contains oils that are perfect for bums and thighs. This is amazing for sloughing off dead skin on these areas, revealing fresh skin. The combination of cornmeal, which acts as a great natural scrubber, oils and massage stimulate lymphatic drainage which helps the body eliminate toxins.
All you need:
– 2 tbsp Grapeseed oil
– 6 Drops Juniper Essential Oil
– 3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
– 80g Cornmeal (from your local supermarket)
Mix the oils by shaking them in a bottle or jar with the lid on. Shake well. Pour the oil over the cornmeal and mix until it looks like a gritty paste.
Apply it to damp skin and massage well for at least two minutes. The more energy you put into the massage the better the results. If you want to increase the effects you can use a muslin cloth or massage mit instead of your hands.
You can also use this scrub on your upper arms and feet.
This is one of my favorites. It stimulates my circulation and lymphatic system. It also leaves my skin baby soft for weeks. If your skin is in a bad way and in need of some rescuing try this twice a week for a few weeks.
I keep on top of exfoliation weekly so I only resort to this mask when my skin is in a bad way, usually once of twice every season.
Have you any exfoliation tips you can share with us?
If you are a hair product junkie like me you are familiar with the downside to this addiction – Build-up. It makes your hair look dull and lifeless. You can use a clarifying shampoo to sort out the problem but if you have colour treated hair I wouldn’t recommend this.
One of the quickest ways to remove product build-up from the hair naturally is to use Baking Soda. A baking soda hair wash cleans out the excess product, remove impurities, and cleanses your hair naturally.
All you have to do is put two tablespoons of baking soda into a cupful of warm water. Mix with a fork until the mixture resembles a paste. Then apply the paste to damp hair. Massage and ensure even distribution. I wash it out immediately after massaging it in.
It feels weird at first, especially when you are used to suddy shampoo. It feels a little gritty, exactly what you expect from putting baking powder in your hair I suspect :)
Take your time when rinsing to make sure the baking soda is completely washed out of your hair. You want to avoid any residue. You don’t have to follow with shampoo and conditioner as your hair should feel squeaky clean. That being said, I usually do. I’m not entirely sure what -probably because I’m a slave to routine.
Hair products work so much better after some clarification so I like to do this once a month to clear gunk out of my hair. Some people use baking soda as a shampoo. Personally I wouldn’t go that far but I’m happy with the effects once a month.
Almond milk has been used on the skin since ancient Egyptian times. It’s full of linoleic acids and minerals which help nourish and cleanses the skin. It leaves the skin soft and improves clarity. This is suitable for all skin types but particularly useful for those with normal to dry, dry or ageing skin.
It’s quick, easy and cheap to make. When I make a bottle of this lotion I use it twice daily for one week. I throw out the remainder after this time. I make a new bottle every 2 – 3 months and use as a treatment.
- 40g ground almonds (almond meal)
- 1.5 tablespoons of organic honey
- 400ml of still bottled water
Add the honey and almonds to the water. Stir until the honey has dissolved. Leave to rest for 2.5 hours. Filter and pour into a covered bottle (I once used a small airtight lunch box). Store it in the fridge.
Apply the lotion morning and evening to clean skin and let it work it’s magic.
If you’re sick of spending your hard earned cash on expensive creams and fancy taking a stroll down the natural route I have just the thing. I made myself a batch yesterday and my skin in soaking up the goodness as we speak (while I scoff banoffee)
This recipe makes a moisturising oil for normal skin. You only need three ingredients:
- 7 drops Lavender Essential Oil (high quality)
- 3 Drops Geranium Essential Oil (High quality)
- 30ml Jojoba Oil
This is a simple way to soothe sensitive skin. This bath is great for dry, itchy skin. It will also soothe a rash.
- 10 Drops Chamomile Essential Oil (or Lavender Essential Oil)
- 200g Rolled Oats
This mask is my favourite for smooth and soft hands
- 1 Tablespoon Rolled Oats
- 1 Tablespoon Plain Full Fat Yoghurt
- 1 Teaspoon Almond Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
Use a blender or pestal and mortar to grind up the oats. Add all of the other ingredients and mix well. Apply the mask to damp, freshly washed hands. Relax for 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and finish with some moisturising cream.
I like to do this hand mask at the same time as a cuticle treatment. Click here to see the post in DIY Cuticle Treatment.
I am plagues by rough cuticles. I like to whip up my own oil on the weekends. Why spend money when you don’t have to!
- 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
Warm the olive oil gently until it’s warm (not hot or you’ll scald your fingers off!) Stir in the essential oils. Leave your finger tips to soak for a few minutes. If you cover the mixture when you’re finished you can reuse it a few times.
Well ladies, here’s another DIY skincare recipe that’s so easy to make and leaves your skin fresh and cleansed.
Yoghurt and strawberries are gentle cleansers, whilst lavender soothes skin.
The ingredients your need to make this gentle cleanser for Normal skin types:
- 1 Fresh Strawberry
- 1 Tablespoon plain whole-milk Yoghurt
- 1 drop Lavender essential oil
Crush the stawberry and combine the yoghurt and juice. Add the lavender and mix together well. Dampen your face with warm water and massage the mixture in for one minute. Rinse with warm water.
Enjoy beautiful skin naturally!