DIY Beauty

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The days are warming up and soon it's going to be shades and shorts. Now comes one of my favourite period between winter and summer. I don't mean spring, I like the season just fine but I love peeling the layers of clothes and dry skin. I've decided to change this year's routine a bit. Instead on paying a spa and beauticians to bring my skin to a summer ready state I opted to do it myself.

It's been going well, my skin feel soft and smooth. Still a bit dry but that's nothing a PH-rich moisturiser can't fix. Caring for our skin is a five step process: cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, mask, and moisturising. This week we'll do the first two steps.

1. Cleanse:

This first step is meant to remove all surface oils, impurities and dirt. In a way you create the canvas you'll be working on. For this step you can use your usual cleanser or face wash. But if you're keen to try something new and go all natural then try one of these two recipes from this great site.

 

Cleanser A: Apple, Yogurt, Lime & Almond oil

This natural cleanser stimulates and revitalizes dull looking skin and is useful for all skin types

What do you need:

  • 1 slice peeled Apple
  • 2 tablespoons Plain unflavored Yogurt, with active cultures
  • 1 teaspoon Almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon Lime juice

How to do it:

Put all the ingredients in a blender and let it run until you have a smooth watery substance.

The recipe keeps for a couple of days.

 Cleanser B: Papaya, Aloe vera, Honey & Yogurt  

The aloe vera in this homemade cleanser helps healing your skin, while the others help to clean, soothe, smooth and protect

What do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons Aloe vera gel
  • 1 slice peeled fresh Papaya
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark organic Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Plain unflavored Yogurt, with active cultures

How to do it:

Put all the ingredients in a blender and let it run until you have a smooth watery substance.

2. Exfoliate

This step is designed to get rid of all the dirt and grime that's accumulated on your skin. Areas of focus should be the T zone and chin and any other oily part of the face. Exfoliants remove dead skin cells and dirty that's nder the surface.

The are a lot of great DIY scrubs and exfoliants. The best dry ingredients include oats, brown sugar, sea salt and coffee. And the wet ones are notably honey and yoghurt.

Now you have a fresh skin. Next time we'll do the next two steps.

 

 

 

 

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  1. [...] and cent I can spare toward my summer travels and so the idea for my DIY beauty regime was born. Last week I covered the first two steps: cleansing and exfoliating. This week we’re on to the next two [...]

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