Pantry Pampering

By Debbie Ellis

 

For reasons needing no explanation, we could all do with a fresh start this year – and there’s no better way to get going than to treat yourself to some tender loving care. However, it’s not always easy to find the time or dollar to enjoy a luxury retreat or spa session...

Cue Wellness to the rescue! We know that, thanks to mother nature’s magic, you can give your skin (and mind) exactly what it needs from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Indulge in a proper pantry pamper to feed your face and get glowing from the inside out with these dynamite DIY facemask recipes tailored to the needs of different skin types:

 

AT-HOME REMEDIES FOR OILY & COMBINATION SKIN

 

Egg White & Greek Yoghurt

Egg whites are believed to help hydrate, firm and tone the skin, while offering protection against acne-causing bacteria. Greek yoghurt provides lactic acid and probiotics to help soothe and soften inflamed, irritated or blemished areas.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP natural Greek yoghurt
  • 1 egg white

 

Method

  • Mix the yoghurt and egg white until well combined
  • Spread the mixture evenly over your face, being careful not to get it in your eyes or mouth
  • Let sit for 10 - 15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water

 

 

Banana, Oatmeal & Honey

 

Bananas are packed with nutrients such as potassium and vitamins A, B and E, which can help to fade dark spots, reduce the appearance of scars, blemishes and wrinkles, smooth out textured skin, hydrate and moisturise. Furthermore, oatmeal helps to clean and scrub away impurities, while gentle, antibacterial honey cleanses and softens the skin.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ tsp raw honey
  • 1 TBSP raw oatmeal

 

Method

  • Mash the banana until smooth, add the honey and oatmeal, and mix until well combined
  • Apply generously to a clean face using circular motions, avoiding the mouth and eyes
  • Let sit for 10 - 15 minutes before wiping off with a soft wash cloth

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AT-HOME REMEDIES FOR DRY SKIN

 

Avocado & Clay

Harness the ancient powers of bentonite clay to control oil production, while using soothing avocado to moisturise, hydrate, protect and boost skin elasticity. The use of Skin Creamery’s Deep Cleansing Powder in this recipe adds the healing properties of buchu and baobab for some extra-special pampering.

Ingredients

 

Method

  • Mash the banana until smooth, add the honey and oatmeal, and mix until well combined
  • Apply in circular motions to a clean face, avoiding the mouth and eyes
  • Let sit for 10 - 15 minutes before wiping off with a soft wash cloth

 

 

AT-HOME REMEDIES FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN

 

Aloe, Honey & Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is renowned for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which make it the perfect natural remedy for acne-prone skin. However, you should never use undiluted tea tree oil on your face (even as a spot treatment), as is it can quite literally burn your skin.

For an effective, balanced treatment that capitalises on the power of tea tree oil and protects the skin, we’ve added hydrating, calming aloe vera and gentle, cleansing honey.

 

Ingredients

 

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients until everything is well incorporated
  • Apply gently to the skin, avoiding the eyes and mouth
  • Let sit for 10 - 15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water

 

 

 

AT-HOME REMEDIES FOR NORMAL SKIN

 

Honey & Epsom Salt

 

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulphate, is a pure mineral that can work wonders for your skin. It can help to fight free radicals, alleviate inflammation, and assist in your skin’s natural detoxification process. Combine this with the hydrating, antibacterial power of honey and omega fatty acid-rich baoabab, and you’ve got yourself a powerful, healing mask.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Epsom salt
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 drops baobab oil (we love Baocare’s range of bespoke baobab oils)

 

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients until you have created a homogenous paste
  • Apply gently to the skin using circular motions
  • Let sit for 20 - 30 minutes, allowing the mask to dry
  • Gently rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry

 

 

AT-HOME REMEDIES FOR DARK SPOTS & ACNE SCARS

Turmeric & Olive Oil

Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to counter discolouration and hyperpigmentation. Applying straight turmeric to the skin will result in yellow staining (especially on fair skin), so it is very important to include an ingredient like olive oil, which acts as a barrier between your skin and the pigment. If you are concerned about looking a little too sunny post-mask, do a test on a patch of skin with the mixture to see if any permanent staining takes place.  

 

Ingredients

 

Method

  • Mix the turmeric powder with the oil until well combined
  • Apply to the face, avoiding the mouth and eyes, and let sit for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water before washing your face with a gentle cleanser

 

 

BONUS STAR INGREDIENTS FOR AT-HOME SKINCARE

Here are a few extra skin-loving gems that you can include in your DIY skincare to enjoy maximum pampering and benefits...

Mustard Seeds

Mustard seeds contain bacteria-fighting sulphur, making them a great ingredient for any treatment tackling skin sensitivity, acne and inflammation. They can also aid in the management of eczema, and are reported by some to bring immediate relief for itchiness and inflammation.

 

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil contains vitamins A, D and E, providing hydration and nourishment that your skin will love.

 

English Chamomile Oil

The perfect gentle anti-acne ingredient to fight against blackheads, blemishes and inflammation

 

Buchu

Extensive research has proven that formulated organic buchu oil, which has potent anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties, can help to assist in the successful management of eczema and its symptoms.

 

TOP TIP

While skin treatments and products can help you to achieve a healthy complexion, it’s essential to remember that beauty really does come from within. For radiant skin all life long, make sure that you are eating a balanced, healthy diet; getting a good night’s sleep; and drinking lots of water.

 

Put your best face forward and greet every day with a smile – you’ve got this.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie is the owner of Debbie Ellis Makeup Artistry & Hair, and the former editorial makeup artist and beauty editor

at Bloss Magazine. She has worked in the entertainment industry both locally and abroad. For more information, follow her at @debbieryan__ on Instagram or contact [email protected]

 

 

 

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