As we navigate through these current times and adapt our routines, we have put together some ideas of how to get naturally creative with your skin and body care routine.
HONEY – Yes it’s sticky, however honey contains some of the best natural moisture promoters for your skin. Manuka honey also has the added benefit of being antibacterial which can help treat a blemish prone skin type. A honey mask is the ideal way to make the most of its benefits – apply the honey to a freshly cleansed face, relax, let it work its magic and when it starts to drip, wash it off.
OATS – When mixed with honey, oats make an ideal make-at-home face mask. Combine both together and you have a perfect ultra-soothing mask. The oats will help soothe skin and reduce any inflammation and the nourishing properties of flavonoids, phenols and a type of polyphenols called avenanthramides found in the oats work as a natural anti-inflammatory.
COCONUT OIL – You may be familiar with the multiple uses of this oil due to its variety of health benefits published in the media over the years. Coconut is the perfect item to use when you want to add moisture to the skin and leave it feeling hydrated. You can simply apply to the body post shower, or on hands and cuticles throughout the day as needed. You can also use it to nourish and hydrate dry and tired hair. A little goes a long way with this oil, so apply sparingly and add if required.
GRAPESEED OIL – This oil easily absorbs into the skin and feels lighter than some other oils available. It is powerful in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Grapeseed oil is perfect to leave on overnight or added to your face or body moisturiser in the morning to seal moisture into the skin.
PLAIN YOGURT – This is the ideal product to help alleviate and treat sunburn. It’s a natural moisturiser and soother for the skin as it’s high in protein and calcium. The yogurt can be applied directly onto sunburnt areas. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse.
LEMON – Citrus fruits contain a high level of vitamin C which helps to boost skin elasticity and leave the skin looking brighter and refreshed. Adding small amounts of lemon juice to face scrubs or masks will help to bring brightening effects to your skin. Lemon juice can also help over time to reduce appearance of blemishes and scaring.The lemon juice can be applied to the skin with a cotton pad and rinsed off the skin after 5 minutes. Should any irritation occur this treatment isn’t suitable for your skin.
SUGAR-This kitchen ingredient is a great weekly exfoliator for the skin due to its texture. Add small amounts of sugar, honey and lemon juice mix together to leave skin softer and smoother. Exfoliating on a regular basis not only gets rid of your dead skin cells but allows any other products you use to work more effectively.
Please note: Allergens should be considered prior to trying these at home. Everyone’s skin is different, so please patch test a small area of skin beforehand. Should any irritation occur, cease the treatment immediately.