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Top 5 skincare tips: April 2017

23 Apr 2017

This month I am going to focus on homemade beauty masks that can be quickly put together from ingredients in your kitchen.

 

I have researched and also included some of my personal favourites below! I find that these are simple to make and fuss free.

 

I would recommend using organic products as in that way you know that there are no nasty chemicals lurking. All the masks listed below are natural and good enough to eat!

 

1. Glowing skin

 

What you need?

 

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons of yoghurt mixed together

 

Instructions: 

 

Ensure that before placing the mask on your skin that your pores are open. You can do this by using a muslin cloth that you run through hot water, rinse this out and place on your face for 30/40 seconds. Then apply the mask on your face for 30 minutes. Once you have rinsed the mask with warm water, ensure that you seal in your pores by washing your face with cold water and patting your face dry with a towel.

 

This can be repeated three times a week.

 

Why yoghurt?

 

 I personally love yoghurt because it is full of protein, calcium, vitamin D and probiotics! Who said yoghurt was only for eating though? I recently found out that yoghurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxyl acid, which gets rid of dead skin cells. Not only does yoghurt create a natural glow and eliminate breakouts but it works really hard to decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

 

2. Clear skin

 

What you need?

 

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons of honey mixed together

 

Instructions:

 

Make sure that the mask is applied to slightly damp skin using circular motions. Leave this mask on the skin for 30 minutes. Ensure that your pores are open before and closed after the mask is washed off.

 

Why honey?

 

Honey is packed with antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which makes it great for acne treatment as well as prevention and slowing down aging.  Honey is extremely moisturizing, soothing and opens up your pores.

 

Why lemon?

 

Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, which will help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. If like me you suffer from oily skin, lemon is great for reducing excess oil.

 

3. Banish black heads

 

What you need?

 

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

  • ¼ cup of milk

 

Instructions:

 

Mix the baking soda and milk until it forms a thick paste. Apply with your fingers a thick paste on your damp face. In a circular motion move your fingers and concentrate on the blackhead zones such as on your nose, chin and forehead. Do this for 5 minutes and after you have finished rinse your face with warm water.

 

This can be repeated two to three times a week.

 

Why baking soda?

 

It contains acid, which neutralizes alkalinity, and milk is full of lactic acid (same as the yoghurt), which clears pores and lightly exfoliates.

 

4. Tightening and firming skin

 

What you need?

 

  • 1 tablespoon of coffee (powder or ground)

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

 

Instructions:

 

Mix the ingredients together and slowly spread the paste evenly on your skin. Whilst you are applying the paste onto your skin gently massage into circular motions. Let this sit on your skin for 20 minutes then rinse off gently with warm water. As with all the other masks-don’t forget to close your pores with cold water!

 

Why coffee?

 

This is a mask that I have personally used many times and I love the results that come with it. I may hate drinking coffee but I do love placing it on my skin!  Coffee is very rich in antioxidants and contains properties that allow for skin tightening. Caffeine is great for minimizing the look of fine lines around the face and can help with puffy eyes too.

 

5. All rounder

 

What you need?

 

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon of honey

  • 1 teaspoon of milk

 

Instructions:

 

Put the turmeric into a little bowl, mix in the honey and add the milk last. Make sure that you have a firm paste that will stick to your face and not drip as turmeric is a natural dye and you don’t want it to stain your clothes! Apply the paste and let it set for 30 minutes, once complete, gently remove with warm water.

 

Why turmeric?

 

Turmeric has been used as a beauty product for centuries so this had to be included in my five top tips for this month. Turmeric has a wide range of benefits. It is an effective treatment for acne due to its anti septic and anti bacterial properties. It helps clear acne scars and inflammation. I suffer from oily skin and turmeric is great for me because it regulates the production of sebum which is an oily substance produced by the sebum glands.

 

 

What homemade face masks do you use and how effective are these?

 

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