Many of us long for naturally glowing skin without wanting to break the bank achieving it; however, the chances are you probably already own many of the key ingredients for your glowing skincare routine – you’re probably just looking in the wrong cupboard. Ditch the bathroom cupboard in favour of your kitchen cupboard for an array of natural skincare products you probably never knew you had!
The parchment-like texture of oats makes them an effective exfoliator for those with very sensitive skin. Oats are effective in fighting dull, flaky dryness as they contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water. They form a fine protective film when applied on the skin. Their lipids and protein content also allows them to nourish and moisturise, making them the ultimate skin soother. Try wrapping a handful of Nairn’s rolled oats (RRP £2.00, Sainsbury’s) in a small piece of muslin cloth for an easy homemade natural body scrub that cleanses and hydrates.
Another natural skin booster that can be found in the kitchen is raw cacao. Full of potent anti-oxidants, it can help reduce inflammation and puffiness. Apply a small amount of melted raw cacao – the higher cacao quality the better – such as OMBAR 90% Cacao, to the face and leave for 5-10 mins then rinse with tepid water.
Oils are a 3-in-1 staple that will transform your beauty regime. Use either to remove stubborn mascara, or as a hair mask. Sesame oil is great to use as a moisturiser before you shower to lock in essential moisture and keep your skin smooth and silky throughout the day. For a light oil that isn’t too greasy, try Clearspring Organic Sesame Oil (£5.89, www.clearspring.co.uk).
If you’re looking for a new exfoliator, try crushing pomegranate seeds for a natural remedy. When the seeds are ground up they release their antioxidant nutrients and exfoliate and nourish your skin at the same time. However if you’re looking for a natural facemask with pomegranate extract, try Janjira’s Pomegranate & Acai Facial Mask (RRP £20.00, www.janjira.co.uk).
Due to its high content of chlorophyll matcha powder is a powerful detoxifier. This allows it to deeply cleanse the skin and help reduce inflammation while at the same time not containing any harsh chemicals. If you choose high grade matcha powder such as Clearspring’s Matcha shot (RRP £6.25, www.clearspring.co.uk) you can simply mix with few drops of water, or plain yoghurt for a thicker consistency, for a natural facemask that will soothe and nourish the skin.
The healthy fats in avocados naturally moisturise your skin and reduce any inflammation. The oils of avocado are also very closely matched to the natural oils in your skin, so it will nourish and help to restore your skin’s glow at the end of a busy day. For a natural avocado facemask simply mix mashed avocado with Greek yoghurt and honey and leave for 5-10 mins and then wash off with warm water.
Next time you indulge in a facemask, ditch the cucumber and opt for dampened green tea teabags. Their natural anti-oxidants will help to reduce puffiness and dark circles round the eyes, leaving you feeling fresh-faced with any traces of tiredness banished.
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