Try some of these herbal remedies for your skincare
routines such as a lavender facial wash, clover
lotion, rose petal toner & dandelion blemish
lightener among others.
To add to the list I’m giving you here, if you are having trouble with dry skin, try soaking a cloth in buttermilk & laying over the affected area for five or ten minutes, or Shea Butter. If you decide to use the butter, make sure its no older than 18 months & doesn’t contain any Hexane.
Olive oil contains linoleic acid, which is found naturally in our skin. This lipid creates a kind or water barrier preventing skin from loosing moisture, the body is not capable of manufacturing this & gains it from food, such as olive oil. You just need a little on the effected area, leave & rinse. All in all this oil / olive is amazing, not only is it a fantastic moisturising effects, but it has been shown to alleviate conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema & dermatitis.
This is a recipe that I picked up on the internet a couple of years ago, It works wonders! This makes one cup of wash:
½ cup of lavender flowers
¼ cup of rolled oats
1 cup of distilled witch hazel (available in supermarkets)
2~3 drops of lavender oil.
In a large jar mix the dry ingredients with the witch hazel & leave overnight, or up to 2 weeks. Strain the liquid & add the glycerine & oil to it ~ its done!
Don’t throw the oats away! Use these as a scrub before using the wash, they will remove the dirt from your skin & exfoliate it. Using a cotton ball dab the wash over your face in an upward motion, lovely!
This is another one I’ve used in the past ~ when I can get the clover! This can be quite rich so depending on how much water you add it can be dense or light. This will make two or three cups:
1 cup of cocoa butter
1 cup of red clover blossoms
1~2 cups of distilled water (you can use rose water)
an optional extra ~ 1-2 teaspoons of almond oil
You’ll need some time for this one, but its worth it!
Mix the herbs & cocoa butter together cover & place in a dark cupboard for two weeks. Once your two weeks are up heat the mixture until you are able to strain the blossoms out (these can be thrown away now). Pour the melted cocoa into a deep dish. Using a whisk slowly add the water until you have the consistency
you are looking for. Now add the oil if you wish & whisk. You’re done! If you keep this in the fridge it will last a good few weeks.
This can be used on all skin types & will cleanse & rejuvenate your skin:
1 tablespoon of oatmeal, finely ground
1 tablespoon of live yogurt ~ plain
1 teaspoon of Honey
mix together the yogurt & oatmeal. Warm the honey & add, that’s it! Apply to your face, leave for about ten minutes & rinse off with warm water & you’re done! How easy is that! Just apply your normal moisturiser.
This has long been a favourite of mine for treating puffiness, brightening the skin & improving a dull complexion. It can be adapted for DRY SKIN (add yogurt or cream), OILY SKIN (add lemon juice) or SUPER DRY SKIN (add oils).
4 tablespoons of finely ground espresso / beans
(instant works too!)
4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
8 tablespoons of dairy product – whole milk / heavy cream / yogurt (unflavoured) / almond milk or coconut milk (use less dairy product for a thicker paste)
You can swap the dairy product for an egg if you like.
Or you could substitute oils, olive / extra virgin coconut or almond oil.
If you do use oils halve the amount otherwise you’ll find it too runny.
2 tablespoons of honey (dry skin)
2 tablespoons of lemon juice (oily skin)
Mix the coffee & cocoa powder together & add the dairy product, stir until you have a smooth paste, use less if you would like it thicker. Warm the honey slightly to make mixing easier & stir into the mixture. Apply this to your face & neck & allow to dry.
Place a wet cloth over your face to loosen the mask & rinse with warm water – avoid rubbing if you can, you don’t want to scratch your face with the coffee grounds, judge for yourself how it feels. The leftovers can be stored in the fridge for several days.
This is great for dragging out impurities form your skin, leaves your Skin feeling super soft & feeling great!
1½ teaspoons of French Green Clay (widely available)
½ teaspoon of Kaolin Clay (widely available)
1½ tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel
1 tablespoon of rosewater
2 drops of essential oil ~ rose or lavender are nice, or
you could use tee tree.
Mix the clays together, add the Aloe Vera Gel , rose water & oil.
Spread on your face & leave for up to 15 minutes, rinse with warm water & apply a thin layer of your favourite moisturiser. This can be kept for up to four weeks in the fridge.
when you combine turmeric with yogurt, milk or olive oil it turns into a brilliant face mask! Pretty sure we’ve all got some at the back of our cupboard ~ & some oil! Indian women use this as a skin brightener & you will often find at weddings, both the bride & groom have smeared turmeric paste on their skin to brighten their completion! Try adding it to your tinted moisturiser, although be careful, it can stain!
2 tablespoons flour (used to thicken the paste)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
For oily skin: 1/4 cup plain yogurt & few drops of lemon juice
For dry skin: 2 tablespoons olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil, maybe more
A few drops of honey
Mix the flour & turmeric together.
If you have oily skin: Add lemon juice & stir. Slowly mix in the yogurt until a creamy paste is formed. Use more or less yogurt to your liking.
If you have dry skin: Add the oil slowly & stir until a paste is formed. Add more for more creaminess.
Apply mask to face & neck.
Leave on for 15~20 minutes.
Using a warm, wet washcloth that you don’t mind staining (turmeric will stain), rinse off the mask.
Please do your own research before taking on any advice given here.
I have written this through my own knowledge & advice from others,
it is meant purely as a guide & for information purposes only.