Ever since I realized that regular store-bought beauty products contain a whole range of toxic ingredients that can do more harm than good, I've been mixing my own beauty recipes.
They're fun to make, a lot cheaper than organic brands, and if you know what to combine they work incredibly well.
This is what I use every evening before going to bed:
1. Plain olive oil as an eye makeup remover.
It's inexpensive, it works great and does not only effectively clean but greatly nourishes your eye lashes.
2. Vitamin C powder as a face wash and exfoliator.
In order to thoroughly cleanse my face and remove dead skin cells, I pour a little bit of vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid) onto a wet wash cloth and rub my face gently. Rinse with lots of warm water and your skin will be rosy like a baby's bottom.
NB: do not use on injured skin, vitamin C powder stings.
3. Peach as a firming face mask.
When my facial skin feels a little flabby, I simply cut a peach in half and rub it all over my face. Rinse after 15 minutes and enjoy your nice & firm skin pumped by lots of nutrients antioxidants.
4. Peach puree with honey as a moisturizing face mask.
For the firming mask, I only need one half of the peach, but the second half is a great ingredient for a moisturizing face mask I can use the next day:
Puree the peach with a tablespoon of honey and some ground flaxseed into a thick paste. Apply with your fingers, relax for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
This mask is not only moisturizing, but it also helps fight acne thanks to the antibacterial properties of the honey.The vitamins E and B provided by the flaxseed are a great anti-ageing combination.
5. Apple cider vinegar as facial toner.
Mix some organic apple cider vinegar with a little bit of water, and you have an incredible facial toner that is not only refreshing but also helps shrink pores and reduce age spots when applied regularly.
6. Coconut oil night cream
Coconut oil is a great ingredient for total body care. I use it in my toothpaste and deodorant, and also as a night (and hand) cream.
7. Wheat germ oil as an anti-wrinkle and anti-scar treatment.
Wheat germ oil is a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps prevent wrinkles, as well as scars. I use it around my eyes, on scratched off pimples, and for my son whenever my little daughter fights off her big brother by using her nails.
Before I knew about the healing properties of vitamin E, deeper scratches often left scars. Ever since we started using wheat germ oil, everything heals nicely.
Nature has provided us with a huge range of terrific skin care ingredients - we just have to use them!