Your skin is the first thing people notice when they look at you so you’ll need to make sure you’re taking good care of it. We have plenty of skin saving tips for you that you can use daily and help you get a gorgeous glow within just a couple of weeks. Remember, good skin starts with good health so we’ll give you the best foods to eat so you can bring that young, healthy look to your skin.
Skin Care Tips
• Use coconut oil to remove your makeup. The natural ingredients in coconut oil are safe for your skin and makes a very easy makeup remover.
• Leave it on as an overnight moisturiser. Coconut oil will deeply moisturise your skin, leaving you with smooth skin in the morning. Remember to only use this heavily twice a week, or a very thin layer every night.
• Remember to clean your makeup brushes! Our makeup brushes naturally collect lots of dirt and bacteria from leftover makeup and dust. Use baby shampoo and a silicone mat with ridges to give them a deep clean every 2 weeks.
• When washing your face at the end of the day, use a circular makeup removing brush with a cleanser for a deep clean. Using just makeup wipes might not get all of your makeup off your face but a brush will clean deep in to your pores.
• Use a purifying foam gel wash in the morning to remove oils and dirt your skin has released at night.
• Always use a moisturiser and a lip balm that contains a minimum SPF 15 to protect your skin against harsh sun rays. Even if it’s not sunny or warm, the SPF can protect your skin against all harsh weather conditions.
• Clean your phone screen every morning with antibacterial wipes or sanitiser to remove dirt and bacteria. Our phones are exposed to all sorts of bad bacteria like the inside of your bag or pockets, your school or work desk and the bacteria that lives on our hands. This can ruin the skin on your cheeks because of how much dirt is being transferred throughout the day.
• Spray a generous amount of rosewater all over your face before you sleep for healthy skin in the morning. This will also fade any acne scarring, blemishes and discolouration.
• Add 5 drops of rosehip oil in distilled water. Pour this mix into a spray bottle and mist your face with it every morning. It helps dry skin and encourages collagen production in your face for bouncy, youthful skin.
• Raw, unprocessed honey is amazing as a facial cleanser. Apply a generous amount to your skin before bed and wash it off in the morning. Do this every day for a week and you’ll start to notice that your skin has a healthy glow.
DIY Skin Care Masks
Skin care masks are so easy to make at home and you can get amazing, glowing skin with ingredients right from your kitchen! Store bought creams and masks may not have the same effect on you as your friend who recommended it, but using natural products will always guarantee great results. Natural products are also much safer to use on your skin than creams and artificial products and you won’t feel uneasy or unsure about using them.
For a youthful look, you’ll need to make sure you’re exfoliating your face and neck. Exfoliating your skin removes build-up of oils, dirt and product in the skin and deeply cleanses to reveal soft, smooth skin. Here is a list of our favourite homemade exfoliator scrubs and masks.
DIY Coffee Grounds and Coconut Oil Scrub
This mask is an anti-inflammatory and helps with redness, puffiness and smooths out your skin. It’s also perfect for stretch marks and cellulite.
You’ll need: equal parts coffee grounds and coconut oil.
Method: mix the two ingredients well. Using your fingers, apply the mask on to your face, neck and chest. Keep rubbing your skin in circular motions to deeply exfoliate your skin. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Make sure you apply plenty of moisturiser after. This is best done when you’re in the shower as you can apply it all over your body as a body scrub. The coffee makes it a perfect morning spa session!
Banana Face Mask For Dry Skin
You’ll need: Half a banana, 2 teaspoons of natural yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of honey.
Method: Mash half the banana then mix in the yoghurt and honey until you get a thick paste. Don’t worry about the banana not being smooth, the lumps won’t affect the process. Using your fingers, apply the mask on clean washed skin and leave it on for around 20 minutes. When the 20 minutes are over, use your fingertips to massage the mask into your skin. This will allow the mask to affect the deeper layers of your skin and not just the outer layer. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and apply your favourite moisturiser. For best results, use this mask twice a week and you’ll be left with baby soft, glowing skin.
Turmeric Face Mask For Glowing Skin
You’ll need: 1 teaspoon natural yoghurt, 1 teaspoon honey and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder.
Method: Mix all the ingredients together, starting with the yoghurt. Mix well until you get a smooth consistency. Apply the face mask on your face including your under eyes with just your fingers or a flat foundation brush and leave it on for 30 minutes. Turmeric is amazing for dark patches and it will help lighten those tired looking eyes. You want to make sure you’re getting the full benefits of the mask so after the 30 minutes of it sitting on your full face, start massaging the mask into the skin for 3 or 4 minutes. Again, this will work the mask into the deeper layers of your skin and really exfoliate all the oils and dirt out of your pores. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply your moisturiser as normal. For best results, use this face mask once a week and you’ll be on your way to glowing skin.
Lemon Face Scrub For Glowing Skin
You’ll need: Half a lemon or a little less than half, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of honey.
Method: Cut a lemon in half, don’t worry if it’s too ripe. Sprinkle the brown sugar and honey on the lemon half. On a clean and dry face, start rubbing the lemon in circular motions, making sure you’re evenly covering your face. Leave the scrub on for 5 minutes then rinse it off with warm water. Apply your moisturiser and you’ll already notice brighter skin! Lemon has lightening and brightening properties and the sugar will scrub away dead skin cells revealing a fresh, clean layer of skin. This scrub is perfect to use all over your body, especially on dark knees and elbows. Use this scrub once or twice a week for visible results!
Blackhead Remover Face Peel to Clean Out Pores
You’ll need: 2 egg whites and kitchen towel.
Method: Separate 2 egg whites from the yolks and whisk them a little so they’re thicker in consistency. Don’t throw away the yolks as we can use this later! Using a flat foundation brush, brush one layer of egg whites all over your face and wait a minute for it to get tacky. Peel a layer of kitchen towel and place it over the egg white wash connecting each piece, almost making a kitchen towel face mask. Brush another layer of egg white on top and another layer of kitchen towel. Wait around 10 minutes or until the last layer is dry and slowly peel off the kitchen towel mask, starting from the chin working your way up. The egg whites makes the skin tacky and using kitchen towel really pulls dirt and debris out of your pores and is also amazing for removing blackheads. After you’ve peeled off the mask, use the egg yolks and a flat foundation brush on your skin for an extra dose of moisture. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water followed by your moisturiser. Use this method once a month as it is a deep cleaning mask, you don’t want to constantly be pulling your skin and tiring it out.
Brown Sugar Lip Scrub For Smooth Lips
Remember to take care of your lips as much as you take care of the rest of your face! To remove dead skin off your lips and get them baby soft, use this lip scrub whenever you need a pick-me-up and you’ll instantly feel the difference.
You’ll need: 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon honey.
Method: Mix the two ingredients in a small bowl. Use your finger to massage the mixture on your lips in a circular motion. After a few minutes of exfoliating, rinse the scrub off with warm water and pat dry. Make sure you use plenty of lip balm to seal in moisture. Use this scrub once every 2 weeks or when you feel like your lips need a bit of a pick-me-up.
What to Eat for Glowing Skin: ‘The Pretty Skin Diet’
Romaine lettuce: Very rich in Vitamin A and revitalises your skin by increasing skin cell turnover.
Tomatoes: Helps to protect your skin from turning red in the heat which leads to less risk of a sunburn. Very high collagen levels will prevent skin sagging, leaving it plump.
Strawberries: A very high dose of Vitamin C boosts collagen production levels in your skin which leads to less fine lines.
Soy: Prevents fine wrinkles and promotes skin firmness.
Eggs: Hydrates the skin and antioxidants in eggs protects against UV damage which means less fine lines and wrinkles.
Almonds: One handful a day is packed with antioxidants and it boosts levels of Vitamin E. Gives you a dose of moisture which is perfect for dry skin.
Walnuts: Contains omega-3 fats that keep the skin moist and supple.
Whole grains: Bread, pasta and cereal are all very high in antioxidants. This is perfect for keeping your skin looking young and fresh.
Drink lots and lots of water! Something you hear time and time again but trust us, water will save your skin and hair and you’ll feel fresh and energised.
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