By Alyssa Dunsford, Healthy Life Support Office
Spring is a great time for cleaning and for fresh starts. So why not apply that treatment to your beauty regime? Whether your make up bag contains products you haven’t touched in years, or you’re just ready to inject some extra freshness into your beauty regime, these five tips will have you (and your skin) feeling revived in no time.
1. Clean your brushes
Dirty make up brushes can be the root of skin problems. Over time they may accumulate old makeup, dirt and dead skin cells and should be cleaned regularly. Chemical cleaners aren’t necessary though! Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap is a really effective cleaner and contains no fragrance or synthetic detergents so is great to use for the job.
2. Bin the junk
A lot of what we put on our skin ends up being absorbed into our body. So if you haven’t already, now is a great time to clear your beauty cupboard of anything with any nasty, harmful chemicals. Some ingredients found in beauty products that we try to avoid include butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), parabens and phthalates – the list goes on! It’s a confusing space so the ‘simple is best’ message is often the best. Opt for brands that use only naturally derived ingredients. Some brands we love include Inika Organic, Ere Perez, The Jojoba Company and MooGoo.
3. Get brushing
If you don’t already have one, Spring is a great time to invest in a dry body brush. It may sound like the farthest thing from pampering, but dry body brushing has a lot of fans and some pretty amazing benefits beyond just smooth skin. Dry body brushing helps to improve circulation, skin tone, energy levels and general well-being.
4. Drink up!
Healthy skin starts with what you’re putting in your body. Insufficient water consumption can result in dry, flaky skin. There’s no hard and fast rule on just how much water we should be drinking a day but as the weather gets warmer everyone should be upping their intake. Water obviously provides moisture, but that’s not all. It also flushes toxins out of the body so can help clear the skin too.
5. Treat yourself (to a DIY face mask)
Making your own homemade face mask is relatively simple and you’ll likely already have the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. We’ve got one for every skin type. See below for the recipes, hop in the kitchen and you’ve got a healthy night in sorted.
Treat yourself with these simple, homemade facial masks that will leave your skin looking and feeling fresh.
1 Tblsp cacao
1 Tblsp Love Organic Raw Honey
Mash the avocado and mix together with cacao and honey in a small bowl. Apply to face for 10 minutes. Remove with warm water and pat face dry with a towel.
Why it works: Avocado is hydrating, cacao has great antioxidant power and honey is antibacterial.
1 egg white
1 tsp lemon juice
Beat the egg white while adding in the lemon juice until well blended. Apply the mask on the face (avoiding the eyes and mouth areas) with a face brush. Cover the entire face using pieces of tissue (you may need to rip/cut a few smaller pieces). Gently apply another layer of the mask with a face brush and leave to dry for approx. 20 minutes. Gently peel off the mask, rinse face with warm water and pat dry.
Why it works: Egg whites contain two vital skin care ingredients: collagen and protein.
1 Tblsp cinnamon
2 Tblsp Love Organic Raw Honey
Combine cinnamon and honey in a small dish and then spread generously over the face, avoiding the eye and lip area. Massage onto skin and then leave on for 15 minutes. Gently remove with warm water and a face cloth. Follow with moisturiser
Why it works: Cinnamon has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, while honey is rich in antioxidants and natural antiseptics.
1 Tblsp oats
2 Tblsp yoghurt
Mix oats and yoghurt to combine in a small bowl and place in the fridge for a few hours. Apply the paste to your skin in an even layer and leave on for up to 30 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Why it works: Oats are nutrient rich, contain powerful antioxidants and also work as a gentle natural cleanser and exfoliant. Plain yoghurt contains lactic acid and probiotics.