All-natural make-at-home beauty solutions – that don’t require a full-on grocery shop!
Turmeric and honey facemask
You need: 1 tsp powdered turmeric, 1 tsp raw (preferably organic) honey, 1 tsp milk or yoghurt
How to: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl – you want a thick paste, but add more milk if you need to loosen it a bit. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin and leave on for 20 minutes. (Turmeric stains, so wear an old, dark coloured tee.) Wash off with warm water.
Good for: All skin types, but especially those who suffer from rosacea and acne or breakouts.
Coffee and rosemary bath scrub
You need: 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup ground coffee (you can use up the granules in your plunger after a morning cuppa – no more wastage!), 2 tbsp olive and 2 tbsp melted coconut oil (if no coconut oil, increase olive oil to 4 tbsp) and a handful of dried rosemary.
How to: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Use all over your body, especially the thighs and tummy area and anywhere prone to dry skin. (The oil will obviously make things slippery, so be careful in the bath or shower.)
Good for: Exfoliation; coffee works to reduce the appearance of cellulite and rosemary is stimulating and uplifting.
Relaxing lavender and eucalyptus bath salts
You need: 2 cups Epsom salts (very affordable!), 5 drops lavender essential oil, 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil and 2 tbsp mustard seeds.
How to: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Add a cup of salts to running bath water; lie back and relax!
Good for: A calming soak after a long day. Will help to alleviate sore muscles and aid relaxation.
Egg-white peel-off mask
You need: Two egg whites and 1 tsp lemon juice
How to: Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice together in a bowl and then apply to a clean, dry face. Leave the mask on for around 20 minutes, or until it dries and you’re able to easily peel it off.
Good for: Said to help reduce the appearance of blackheads and also leave a glowing complexion.
Rosewater face spritz
You need: A clean, empty spray bottle, rosewater (very affordable – find it in the baking aisle), and an essential oil of your choice, still mineral water.
How to: Fill a 1/4 of the spray bottle with mineral water and top up the rest with rosewater (you can also forego the still water and solely use rosewater, if you prefer), add 5 – 10 ten drops of essential oil (lavender, tea tree and sweet almond oil are good choices) and shake lightly to mix. Spritz on your face throughout the day to refresh and soothe the skin. (Always shake lightly before using, as the oil and water will separate.)
Good for: Rosewater has loads of beneficial properties for the skin: it’s healing, anti-inflammatory, calming and hydrating – and who doesn’t love a face mist?