KITCHEN CUPBOARD BEAUTY
It's entirely possible to spend a small fortune on skin and haircare products, but there are lots of natural ingredients you will have in your home that will do amazing things for your appearance at a fraction of die cost. Here are some of my favourite remedies:
AVOCADO FACE PACK Avocado is wonderful for adding moisture to tired or dry skin thanks to the vitamin Ε and monounsaturated oils it contains. Simply mash the flesh of 1 ripe avocado in a bowl and apply to your face and neck. Leave for 30 minutes then wipe off using cotton wool dipped in warm water.
FOR COMBINATION SKIN Simply add 1 beaten egg yolk to the mashed avocado. Apply to the face and leave for 30 minutes, then remove with damp cotton wool.
FOR TIRED, AGEING SKIN
Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 beaten egg yolk to the mashed avocado and mix to a smooth creamy texture. Apply to the face and leave for 30 minutes, then remove with damp cotton wool.
HONEY AND BANANA FACE PACK
Try using this if your skin feels dehydrated - honey and banana are both extremely moisturising. Mash 1 small ripe banana in a bowl until it's a smooth creamy paste. Stir in 25g oatmeal and 1 teaspoon of runny honey. Apply to the face and leave for 15-20 minutes, then remove with damp cotton wool.
Lemon Juice acts as anantibacterial agent, so ithelps with oily skin, breakoutsand also balances the pHg of the skin. The egg white tightens and tones the skin.Mix together 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon Juice and 1 stiffly beaten egg white and apply to your face. Leave for about ten minutes then wash off in warm water or with rose water.
Sugar has an antibacterial as well as an exfoliating effect on the skin, so this scrub is really beneficial for oily or spotty skin. Choose from caster, granulated or demerara sugar, depending on how deep you want to scrub. I recommend demerara or granulated for the body and caster sugar for the face and neck. Mix 1 teaspoon sugar with a few drops of hot water in your hands and gently massage into your skin. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry with a towel.
EGG CONDITIONER Beaten egg makes a great conditioner for dry and brittle hair - just apply it to damp hair, leave for 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
LEMON CONDITIONER Lemon Juice can be used to treat problems such as dandruff and acts as a stimulant if you find your hair is falling out A tablespoon of lemon juice applied directly to washed, towel-dried hair can give it real shine, and it is great for blonde hair that needs a little boost.
COCONUT AND ROSE BODY SCRUB
Try using this on your body while you're waiting for youi bath to fill up. It works so well at exfoliating and hydrating skin. Soothing coconut oil combined with sugar will scrape off dead skin cells and clean blocked pores without irritating your skin. The oil will leave the skin soft, even and help close your pores. The sugar Is antibacterial, so great for dealing with breakouts 60ml coconut oil 60g granulated sugar 10 drops rose essential oil Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Take some of the mixture and gently rub over your body; paying particular attention to any hard areas of skin on your elbows, knees and heels. Once you have rubbed it all over, get into your bath and rinse it off. The coconut oil and sugar will dissolve into the bath and make it smell amazing! Soak for as long as you like.