Clever DIY cleansers
Cleansing keeps your complexion in top condition, so why not give one of these DIY recipes a go.
It may be one of the most tedious parts of our beauty regime, but it might just be the most important. Let’s face it, most of us have probably felt too tired to remove our make-up at the end of a long day – even though we know it’s a serious complexion crime. As we enter a new season, make a pact to always wipe away the day’s dirt with your very own concoction.
“Cleansing is one of the most important parts of any beauty routine to ensure clear, glowing, healthy skin,” experts at Anesis Salon, Spa and Clinic told Cover Media. “A good cleanser will remove all traces of make-up, bacteria and pollution left on the skin. It will also help to keep the skin clear of impurities which cause breakouts, blackheads and dull looking skin. A perfectly cleansed skin is a must as it will in turn create a clear canvas for your serum and moisturiser to work their magic!”
If your face is easily irritated by products, try whipping up this super gentle aloe vera cleanser. Aloe vera has wonderful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so can help with dry patches and zits.
Mix together one cup of natural aloe vera juice, one vitamin E capsule and five drops of an essential oil such as chamomile or lavender. The oil is optional, and if your skin is very sensitive, it’s probably better to leave the cleanser unscented. This recipe should be kept in the fridge in a cobalt glass bottle; these are readily available to buy online.
Making your own cleanser is the perfect way to avoid exposing your skin to nasty chemicals and can even save you money.
Honey and coconut oil can be used to wipe away the day, so try keeping a jar of either product in your bathroom cabinet. Both these natural delights are hugely hydrating and suitable for all skin types – just massage onto the face and remove with warm water. If you are prone to dry skin, you can mix honey with milk, while spotty complexions can be soothed by combining the sweet stuff with fresh lemon juice.
Plain yoghurt is another useful cleanser, packed with lactic acid and protein to help detoxify the skin. Add a couple of drops of essential oils such as lavender to yoghurt and massage onto the skin for a relaxing way to end the day. If you need a deeper cleanse, leave it on your face for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.