Here we are again… New Year, new resolutions to break, a new gym membership that you may use three times.
I’ve been thinking over the festive period and there’s something I’d really like to talk to people about… The importance of using natural, organic ingredients on your skin and not just in your New Year’s diet or in the remnants of that juice fad you’re on now.
In 1994 (yes quite some time ago) I was featured in a national newspaper where I revealed how produce from your kitchen cupboards can make for a better skin. After the festive period, we may all be feeling sluggish and some of you may notice your skin problems have worsened, this can be due to the extreme temperatures, eating rich sugary foods, and an increase in alcohol and the one that everyone forgets to do over Christmas… DRINK WATER.
If you feel the need to cleanse your mind, body and skin after all those party nights, then my mint cleanser is a surefire way to a clearer skin. Chop a bunch of fresh apple mint and add 8 fluid ozs milk. Allow to infuse for 12 hours and strain. This is great for all skin types and can be stored in the fridge. You can store a mint plant on your kitchen side, keep it watered. Shop from Waitrose garden.
You don’t need to spend pounds to pamper yourself, especially after the festive period. You just need a little bit of know-how and a few basic ingredients to turn your bathroom into a beauty salon.
My favourite and quickest fix for calming the skin after the party season is an easy skin toner. Made from just one chamomile tea, cooled and stored in the fridge. Use this twice a day, morning and night as a toner and leave on. Particularly focus on your hand motions with this as its all in the movements! This is great for sensitive skins and for those who are prone to acne, eczema and rosacea. The tea will last for one week in the fridge, a cost-effective formula with great results. One brand I tend to use for this is teapigs, you can use a tea bag or loose tea, either one will work just fine. Shop teapigs here.
Now if you feel like those nights with the fake tan have taken their toll and you need to scrub 2017 away then you can make your very own exfoliator. Take one cup of sea salt, 2 teaspoons of honey and mix to a thick paste either olive, peanut or sesame oil. Massage this all over the body and then wash off. This keeps skin healthy and soft but also fights cellulite and fluid retention.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can adapt each formula or even dream up your own beauty treatments.