Newsflash: You don’t need a full beauty shelf of chemicals (usually found in “miracle-inducing” skincare products) to pamper your skin. DIY skincare treats are a no-brainer when you have a well-stocked pantry at hand, so scroll down to find out how you can nourish your skin with active ingredients from Mother Nature that are good enough to eat.
What you need: 10 grapes, 2 tablespoons of chamomile tea, 2 tablespoons of cornflour
How-to: Mix the chamomile tea and cornflower to form a paste, then mash the grapes into the mixture. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off and follow with your moisturiser.
What it does: Grapes has a chockfull of antioxidants that help to shield your skin from the effects of free radicals—which can also cause symptoms of premature ageing. Grape seed extract is enriched with vitamin E—another active ingredient to fight off free radicals. Once pulverised, the seeds make for a great skin exfoliant.
What you need: Coconut oil
How-to: Pour a coin-sized amount of coconut oil on your palm and massage onto your face for 30 seconds. Place a warm towel on your face to open up your pores for 30 seconds. Rinse the towel and gently remove the oil from your face.
What it does: Apart from working as an excellent makeup remover, coconut oil’s antifungal and antibacterial properties also make it a worthy cleanser to ease your acne-contracting woes. Not to mention, its fatty acids help to moisturise your skin without leaving a greasy texture.
What you need: One matcha teabag, one jasmine teabag / loose tea leaves if available
How-to: Add a few cups of boiling water to a large bowl and infuse it with the teabags/tea leaves. Bend forward to keep your face over the bowl and place a towel on your head to keep the steam in. Close your eyes and inhale the steam for 10 minutes.
What it does: From antioxidants to anti-inflammatory properties, matcha is one of the more popular and widely-used ingredients in skincare. It is exceptionally good for acne-ridden skin as it has chlorophyll, which functions as a skin detox and also minimizes sebum production. If it’s good enough to eat, it’s definitely good enough for your skin.
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