Homemade skin treats

Everyone knows how good smoothies and juices are for their insides, but did you know that there’s a whole host of simple everyday items in your cupboards that you can smear on your face for healthy skin on the outside too?

Today our Beauty contributor Elfreda McGowan has some simple instructions for masks and skin treats that are good enough to eat. These are great for when you’re going through treatment or want to spoil someone who is, or just interested in good value alternatives to shop-bought natural products.

Dry Skin

Take ½ an avocado, mash it up in a bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon of plain natural yoghurt and mix with the avocado.
Add and stir one teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
Apply to your clean, dry face and neck for fifteen minutes, and then rinse well with warm water.

These simple ingredients are amazing for dry skin, your skin will feel soft and nourished afterwards!

Another easy treat for dry skin is:

Take one banana with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of orange juice and mix them up together.
Apply to clean, dry face and neck for fifteen minutes and remove with warm water.

Again, this is super simple, nourishing, brightening and fun to do.

Last one for dry skin is…

Take ¼ avocado, one tablespoon of cocoa powder, one tablespoon of honey and mix together in a bowl.
Apply to clean, dry skin for fifteen minutes and rinse with warm water.

The cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants and along with the other ingredients you will be glowing and smooth in no time!

Oily Skin

My favourite OILY SKIN homemade mask (can also be used for normal skin, but steer clear if your skin is dry) is:

Take 1 tablespoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, mix together in a dish and rub in circular motions on clean, dry skin. Leave for fifteen minutes and remove with a warm flannel.

(Test this one on your wrist first, as some people react to nutmeg and cinnamon. They are excellent at exfoliating, and your skin will feel clean and bright afterwards).

A few other handy skin tricks from your kitchen are:

Homemade cleansers

I like to use hazelnut oil and olive oil and mix according to skin type, some bloggers love to use castor oil and another oil mix, as castor oil is very astringent and great for cleansing, but the seeds contain a dangerous toxin called ricin, so although there’s a lot of differing opinions on whether it’s in the oil, with some studies saying it is, and some saying it isn’t, I just prefer to steer clear and use other oil blends.

Apply your oil mix to dry skin before showering; it will even remove makeup, so no need to remove your make up prior to applying. Apply in circular motions, then hold a flannel under warm water, ring out and apply unfolded flannel to skin, leave for a few moments and gently wipe off. Repeat as necessary. When you first start using oils as cleanser, there may be a period of adjustment when you feel you break out more, this is your skin adjusting, but believe it or not, oils do not make your skin oily! I would also recommend drinking enough water throughout the day to help your skin do its job as you start using oils, you will be rewarded with dewy, glowing skin.

How I mix:

Dry skin – olive oil alone.

Oily skin – 1/3 hazelnut oil with 2/3 olive oil

Combination skin – ¼ hazelnut oil with ¾ olive oil

Sea salt toner for all skin types

Get an empty glass bottle with a lid, and add 1 cup of distilled water, 1 tablespoon sea salt and ½ teaspoon of epsom salts. Mix sea salt and epsom salt in water until dissolved. Store in a glass bottle. You can use this like a normal toner every day on cotton wool after cleansing.

Another good toner is:

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar added to a cup of cold water and used on cotton pads. Excellent again for all skin types.

So there you go, homemade treats for your skin. Try them at home; just try not to eat them off the spoon before applying. Enjoy!

In June of 2017, Elfreda found out she had breast cancer, it was a terrible shock but she faced it head on! She has completed chemo and radiation and is still receiving the drug Herceptin until October 2018. Elfreda is a professionally trained make-up artist and beauty therapist, she has vast experience in makeup and beauty and broadened and refined her skills working in salons in Dublin and London. She has worked as a makeup artist for well known brands, most recently, Georgio Armani, and also works freelance, taking part in shoots, weddings and other special occasions. Her passion for all things make-up and beauty-related, and love of helping people feel good about themselves, has her very excited to be able to share her knowledge with the readers of Happy Magazine.

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