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Healthy home-made skincare recipes for an all-natural glow

11 Jan 2017 |

From dull skin to drab hair and tired eyes, the traditional recipes in Nici Hofer & Karin Berndl's book All Natural Beauty can solve a multitude of beauty niggles. All the treatments are free from nasty paraffins and synthetic colours, and can be made at a fraction of the cost of store-bought products. Here are a few of their recipes for you to try and test out an all-natural beauty regime:

DETOXIFYING MATCHA TEA FACE MASK

No, it’s not dessert. And this wonderful green paste will only make you look like the Wicked Witch of the West temporarily. Once your skin has absorbed the nutrients you will feel refreshed and beautiful! Enjoy!


              

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
• 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder
• 1 teaspoon yoghurt

GET STARTED
Put the matcha tea powder in a bowl and stir in the yoghurt to make a smooth paste.
Apply to a cleansed face and relax for 15 minutes.
Remove gently with tepid water and enjoy a healthy glow.

SUPERPOWERS EXPLAINED
Matcha tea is high in vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids and minerals. It is antiinflammatory, antibacterial and draws out impurities.
Yoghurt is moisturising and nourishing.


HEAVENLY FACE CREAM

Shea butter and jojoba oil have been cherished since ancient times for their skin-healing and deeply moisturising properties. Cold-pressed oils from these superfruits form the base of our face cream. We’ve then mixed them with a few more exceptional ingredients so it smells to-die-for! It will be hard to believe you produced this heavenly concoction yourself.
 
 

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
• 1 tablespoon beeswax
• 1 tablespoon shea butter
• 2½ tablespoons jojoba oil
• 2 teaspoons rosehip oil
• 10 drops of frankincense essential oil
• 4 drops of immortelle essential oil
• 2 drops of jasmine absolute oil

GET STARTED
Carefully and slowly melt the beeswax in a double boiler on a low heat until liquid.
Heat the shea butter in a separate bowl, also using a double boiler. Then add the jojoba and rosehip oils, stirring gently and being careful not to overheat the mixture.
Once the beeswax has melted and both liquids have a similar temperature, add the oil mix to the beeswax and stir well. As soon as the ingredients are blended, remove from the heat and stir continuously until the cream has cooled down a little and starts to become milky.
At this point, add the essential oils and jasmine absolute oil and stir well. Pour into small pots.

SUPERPOWERS EXPLAINED
Beeswax is a natural emulsifier and preservative and is healing and moisturising. Shea butter is anti-inflammatory, deeply moisturising and wound-healing.
Jojoba oil unclogs pores, is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, wound-healing and rich in vitamin E.
Rosehip oil is high in anti-oxidants, very hydrating and healing. Frankincense and immortelle essential oils promote the growth of healthy new skin cells, are wound healing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral.
Jasmine absolute oil is nourishing and healing.

SOOTHING POTATO SLICES FOR TIRED, PUFFY EYES

We love them baked or steamed, as a side or as a main.
But who would have thought that potatoes can be used raw and are the star of the show in their own right? Try this for puffy eyes – the only question: slivered or sliced?
 
 

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
• 2 × 5 mm (¼ in) thick potato slices

GET STARTED
Place a potato slice on each eye. Rest for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Apply once or twice a day.

SUPERPOWERS EXPLAINED
Potatoes are anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, antiseptic and have soothing and decongesting properties. They are high in potassium and vitamins B and C and also contain calcium and iron.

Get more fantastic, healthy skin-care recipes in All Natural Beauty. Available now where all good books are sold.