Thursday, 1 October 2009

Homemade recipes.

In these recent years, I have started to turn towards an organic skincare routine. There are products on the market which are organic (I like Love Lula the most), but I have also been trying a few homebrewed potions. They may not be for everyone, but here's a few things I use:

♥ Vitamin E oil - buy capsules from your local pharmacy or supermarket. Pop them and squeeze out the oil and apply to your face for 20 minutes (or overnight!). It's very sticky stuff but your skin will be grateful. Vitamin E is also rumoured to help heal scars.

♥ Extra virgin olive oil - who needs make up remover when you have this?! Just rub a teaspoonful into your hands and then massage gently on your face. It even takes off the most stubborn mascara and leaves your skin feeling soooo soft.

♥ Brown sugar - mix a little into a carrier oil (eg. coconut oil) and scrub your body down before you get into the shower. It makes a great exfoliator, just don't rub too hard or you might scratch your skin. Just rinse off in the shower.

♥ Rose water - it smells delicious and when used as a toner, gives you lovely and smooth skin. It's makes you feel very fresh. You can apply moisturiser once it has dried.

♥ Honey - can be used as a mask (mix in some oats for a nice little scrub) but is also great for silky smooth hair. Get a teaspoonful and warm it up with a little water. Massage into hair and leave for five minutes before rinsing out.

♥ Lemon juice - mix with water (you can add tea tree oil or witch hazel if you wish) to make a refreshing toner. It is good for oily skin, but use it every 2-3 days to prevent irritation. Keep it in the fridge and discard for two weeks.

♥ Teabags - can be herbal or regular. Use them as perky eye masks for tired eyes. The herbal teabgs can also be used in the bath in place of bath salts for an interesting smelling bathe.

♥ Aspirin mask - this last one is not for asthma sufferers or children, since you may be sensitive or allergic. Crush a low dose aspirin tablet and mix with a little water to form a thin paste. Apply to skin for no longer than ten minutes to get rid of annoying spots.

Not only are organic products better for you than those mixtures filled with chemicals, but they can sometimes be cheaper too!

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