As much as I swear by the effects of some of my favourite high-end skincare, there are days when my skin puts up a fuss and refuses to get along with it. Signs of this unwarranted tantrum resemble dry, raw skin or breakouts. During these trying times, I like to go back to the drawing board and try and customize a treatment for my skin that comprises simple and natural ingredients that can cajole my skin back to its happy and soothed state. My favourite place to do this is my kitchen as it is stocked full of ingredients that make for highly effective skincare.
After much trial and error and a considerable amount of research, I have created a handful of skincare recipes that I can depend on no matter the state my skin is in. And so, without further ado, here are my miracle workers…
Oatmeal + Turmeric + Honey: This is my go-to mask when I need to tackle both, breakouts as well as dryness and irritation. Honey, being naturally anti-bacterial, is a gentle, yet potent zit-zapper and brings down any bumps that I may have. It also has moisturizing and soothing properties which take care of any dryness or irritation on my skin. Along with the honey, turmeric helps to detoxify the skin with its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates new cell growth in the skin. I find turmeric very effective for lightening pigmentation and evening the skin out. Apart from being a great alternative to harsher exfoliators, oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which makes it a brilliant ingredient to soothe irritated, sensitive, allergy or eczema-prone skin. However, I would advise those of you who are gluten-sensitive to be a little cautious when using oatmeal on your skin. Together, these three ingredients work well together to get rid of any blemishes and pigmentation and soothe and moisturize my skin.
A powerhouse for those with blemish-prone, sensitive skin.
Calcium Bentonite Clay + Apple Cider Vinegar: To give my skin a deep cleanse every week, I use a combination of calcium bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar as a mask, which I leave on my skin for roughly half an hour. This mask gives serious competition to many high-end deep cleansing masks that I own as the clay cleans out my pores like no other and leaves my skin feeling incredibly fresh and clog-free. Calcium bentonite clay contains calcium and sodium which help to pull out contaminants from the skin due to their ionic pull. The apple cider vinegar in the mask, which is rich in acetic, citric and malic acid, helps restore the skin’s PH levels and control sebum production in the skin. Its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make this mask especially effective for those with clogged pores and blemishes. An absolutely wonderful weekly treatment to incorporate into your skincare routines!
Oatmeal + Yogurt + Turmeric: Like the oatmeal, honey and turmeric mask, this mask is very effective at tackling breakouts as well as dryness. However, substituting yogurt for honey in the mask allows it to act as a mild chemical exfoliant as well. Yogurt contains lactic acid which works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles and reduces discolouration by dissolving dead skin. Apart from its qualities as an exfoliant, yogurt is also deeply moisturizing, making it an excellent ingredient for those with drier skins.
I love this mask on days when my skin needs a boost of brightness.
Calcium Bentonite Clay + Turmeric: This mask is a god-send for those with excessively oily and blemish-prone skin. I have sung nothing but praises for these two ingredients above and rely on this mask during the summer months to control oil and keep my pores clear.
Turmeric + Yogurt: A highly effective mask for those who have dry yet blemish-prone skin. This mask has the best of both worlds with turmeric acting as a blemish-buster and yogurt providing skin with much-needed moisture and mild chemical exfoliation to get rid of any dry patches on the skin. This mask has been an integral part of my morning skincare routine during these cold, winter months and has worked wonders to keep my skin blemish-free and glowing all day.
Skincare really does not need to be complicated and I hope these simple mask recipes help you take care of any concerns that you may have in relation to your skin. I especially love being able to mix ingredients and create a treatment that is able to tackle exactly the issues that need dealing with.
Being a skincare fanatic, I would love to hear from you about your favourite home-made skincare recipes and whether you have enjoyed my recommendations. Please leave me a comment below or get in touch with me through Instagram.
Here’s to starting the year with beautiful skin…
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