06 November 2008
Strawberry and cream face mask from Natural Recipes for Perfect Skin by Pierre Jean Cousin
Honey combined with cream keeps skin supple and moist, while the salicylic acid in strawberries removes impurities.
3-4 medium-sized ripe strawberries
1 tablespoon double cream
1 tablespoon organic honey
Mash the strawberries with a fork or pur√©e them in a blender. Add the cream and honey to the pur√©e to form a thick mixture. Apply to the (clean) face and neck, avoiding the area around the eyes, and leave for ten minutes. Remove with bottled or spring water and cotton pads.
Cleanser from the aromatherapist Alexandra Soveral
This removes even the heaviest eye make-up, yet is still gentle on the skin.
50ml olive oil
50ml spring water
25ml aloe vera jelly
5 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix everything in a blender, put in a clean bottle or jar and store in the fridge. The mixture will last for a couple of months.
Moisturising lotion from Alexandra Soveral
A light, easily absorbed cream with the healing properties of aloe vera
25g cocoa butter
50ml spring water
50ml oil of your choice (grapeseed, olive, evening primrose, etc)
100ml of aloe vera jelly
7 drops of lavender (or your favourite) essential oil
Melt the cocoa butter in a bain-marie. Add the oil. Take off the heat. Warm the water and add it to the cocoa butter and oil, whisking all the time. When the mixture starts to thicken, put it in the blender and add the aloe vera jelly and essential oil. Store in a clean jar and keep refrigerated.
Body scrub and moisturiser in one from The Green Beauty Bible, co-written by Jo Fairley
The oil will stay on the skin's surface and act as a moisturiser (and ‚Äúlock in‚ÄĚ the body's own natural moisture), so you needn't apply lotion afterwards.
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Maldon sea salt
20 drops of essential oil (you can use your favourites, but ylang-ylang mixed with orange is wonderfully exotic)
Mix the ingredients in a wide-mouthed jar. Scoop the mixture on to the skin as a body scrub (ideally in the shower).