There’s only one way to be absolutely sure your skincare contains just natural ingredients. Make it yourself.
It cruelty-free is an important factor when it comes to shopping, you will like these homemade alternatives which also come without suspect chemicals, alcohol or animal by-products. Make enough for about a month – store in glass jars in the fridge for up to four weeks.
A scrub once a week does more than slough off dead skin cells. It activates cell renewal and helps improve skin texture. We have all heard the story of how rice farmers in Asia wash their hands with the water from washing rice. Indians use the water from boiling rice to soften skin. Rice bran contains phytic acid, which helps exfoliate skin. In the old days, pure turmeric was also used by Indians to curb excessive hair growth. Turmeric has antiseptic properties and this simple scrub can even be used on sensitive skin.
3 tbsps rice flour, 1/2 tsp ground or grated turmeric, Water, 1/2 tsp of sandalwood powder for fragrance (optional).
First mix the ingredients into a thick paste. Spread a plastic mat or tablecloth over your bed, sofa or on the floor, so you have somewhere to sit, Turmeric is hard to remove. Coat your body with oil (baby oil or massage oil) before smearing the paste all over – this prevents your skin turning yellow. Leave to dry, gently rub the paste all over your body to exfoliate before showering.
Ginger, known to improved blood circulation, is mixed with galangal (blue ginger) juice to even out skin pigmentation. Use once a week.
3 cloves, 3 tsps minced ginger, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 amp; 1/2 tbsps rice flour,1/2 tsp ground turmeric, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 4 thin slices galangal (blue ginger), 1-2 tbsps water, 1 medium carrot grated.
First pound or grind all ingredients except carrot. Spread a plastic sheet where you intend to sit, or place a plastic stool in the bathroom and read while waiting for the paste to dry. Rub the paste all over the body and leave for 5-10 minutes. Rub the mixture off like you are scrubbing yourself. Then massage grated carrot on skin. Relax for 10 minutes and then shower.
Candlenut, rich in natural calcium, folic acid and vitamin E is good for mature skin. Nut oil is believed to draw dirt from the pores.
6 candlenuts in powder, 4 slices galangal (blue ginger) ground, 2-3 tbsps water.
Pound the ingredients together to make a thick smooth paste. Use your palms to rub the scrub all over your body. Rinse under the shower
Sesame seeds are mentioned in the Egyptian semsent discovered by famous German Egyptologist, Ebers – the Ebers Papyrus is a 65-feet-long scroll listing ancient herbs and spices. An Assyrian myth talks about the gods drinking sesame wine the night before they created the earth. Native to the East Indies. Just a half cup of sesame seeds contain over three times the calcium of the same amount of whole milk. Sesame seeds. rich in vitamins A and E, and proteins are used to make cold pressed massage oil. some mention an old folk’s remedy involving thoroughly chewing and swallowing one tablespoon of sesame seeds per day to regulate Periods.
1/4 cup white sesame seeds, 1/4 cup honey.
Mix both ingredients well in a clean bowl. Get a plastic sheet read for sitting on. Apply small amounts on your body and rub in a circular motion. Relax for an hour before rinsing off in shower
Soothing Honey Cucumber Facial
Feel cool as cucumber while skin is hydrated with honey in this easy-to-make facial treatment
1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 cucumber, very thinly sliced.
Cleanse face with warm water. Mix honey with lemon juice. Smooth over face, avoiding eye area. Wipe away the honey with a warm towel and dry face. Place cucumber slices all over the face and relax for 30 minutes
Milk amp; Almond Cleanser
To perk up skin before a party, use this stimulating cleanser to remove dead skin, oil and grime. Suitable for all skin types.
1 tbsp dried milk powder, 1 tbsp ground almond, 2 tbsps honey, 2 tbsps rose water (optional).
Mix all the ingredients. Pat on skin from the base of the neck up to the hairline (avoiding eye area.) Massage gently onto skin and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water.
Suitable for oily skin, this nutrient and vitamin rich mask helps to even out skin tone and smoothen fine lines.
1 egg white beaten, 1 tsp lemon juice.
Mix and apply on face with a brush. Leave it on till it dries off. Rinse off. The remainder can be refrigerated.
3 ripe strawberries, 1 tbsp water.
Mash a few ripe strawberries, squeeze through cheesecloth or cotton gauze. Dilute with a spoonful of water and spread the juice on cleaned face. Leave on for about 30 minutes before rinsing off.
3 tbsps bicarbonate of soda, 2 tbsps fine sea salt.
Mix the two together and store in a jar. Shake a little on your hand, pick it up on the brush and brush teeth as usual. Not for people with sensitive teeth might abrasive.
Calm puffy eyes and improved blood circulation by applying any of the following to the eyelids:
– used tea bag – squeeze out excess moisture and cool before applying
– thin slices of raw potato excellent for relieving slight puffiness.
– cucumber slices – cooling and soothing and also helps to keep wrinkles away.
Aloe Vera leaf and gel contain over 100 ingredients, including essential vitamins and minerals, numerous enzymes, amino acids and phytonutrients.
Aloe Vera gel has astringent, antibiotic, pain inhibiting, cell growth stimulating and scar reduction properties.
Aloe Vera Gel, Petroleum Jelly.
Mix 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel – sliced a leaf and scrape out the gel, with 1 tbsp petroleum jelly. Add a few drops of strawberry essential oil or other any fruity flavour. Transfer to a small container. Use as required.
The next time you run out of your favorite scrub facial scrub, make some with regular sugar
1/4 cup caster sugar, 2 tbsps oil, 2 tbsps milk.
Mix together into a smooth cream. Before bathing, massage the cream over the whole body with circular motions.
Hot oil hair treatment
If your hair is dry as straw, save money and treat it at home.
1 tsp soybean oil, 2 tsp castor oil.
Before washing hair mix the ingredients together in a small container. Next, warm the contents over low heat or place in a dish of hot water. Apply to hair and scalp and work right through to the hair tips. Wrap your head in a towel or wear a shower cap. Leave for 15 minutes. Wash hair as usual.